By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
Governor Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State has identified the establishment of schools for Arabic and Higher Islamic Studies as lasting solutions to the lingering problems bedeviling the Northern region.
Abubakar’s observation is coming on the wheels of the growing number of out-of-school children, dwindling level of education and youth unemployment that has continued to be sources of worry to governors in Northern Nigeria,
A statement signed by press secretary to the state governor, Abubakar Al-Sadique and made available to newsmen said the governor was speaking while receiving the leadership of the State Association of Arabic and Islamic Studies Schools when it paid him a courtesy visit.
Governor Mohammed Abubakar explained that schools for Arabic and Islamic Studies have key roles to play in the survival of Muslim societies as primary agents of molding people’s behaviors and prepare youth for future leadership.
“Bauchi State needs more of such schools to purify our delinquent youth who do not take education seriously. When you look at the trend carefully, we are now sitting on a keg of gun powder because youth now abhor education. I just wonder what kind of leaders their generation is going to produce. Such a society is doomed”, said.
While regretting that illiteracy had contributed to the persistence of insurgency as unemployed youth are ready recruits to the menace, the governor explained that his administration deliberately identified education as a priority area of intervention, which has been pursued since his assumption of office in 2015.
The governor therefore urged governments at all levels and private individuals to put heads together and establish or support schools for Arabic and Islamic Studies as lasting solution to the problem of youth delinquencies that pose serious danger to the future generation of Nigerians.
Earlier, chairman of the Bauchi State Association of Arabic and Islamic Studies Schools, Ustaz Mustapha Baba Illelah revealed that apart from training Arabic and Islamic studies teachers the schools are the sources that produced best qualified Imams, Khadis and Shari’a court judges for Bauchi and neighboring states.
Ustaz Baba Illelah said the objective of the association is uniting Arabic and Higher Islamic Schools in the state, which has so far 73 private and 3 public schools across the state, mostly operates from government facility.
Ilelah commended the state government for offering scholarships to students of Higher Islamic Studies classes and producing question papers for Junior Islamic Studies examination for over 6,000 students introduced since the governor came into office in 2015.
The chairman appealed to the governor to help with the payment of one hundred thousand naira for centre registration for each school and settlement of the registration fees of nine thousand naira for each student writing the Higher Islamic Studies examination.
The cleric commended the governor for his numerous intervention programmes in education and health sectors as well as in the restoration of critical infrastructures that have gone moribund.