By: SANI ALIYU, Zaria
A former Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Professor Ango Abdullahi has said that presently there are 12 million out of school children in Nigeria mostly from the northern part of the country according to a survey report.
He stated this at the15th graduation ceremony and 20th anniversary of Zaria Academy at the weekend, stressing that this is a threat to the socio-economic and security of the entire region.
Ango Abdullahi emphasized that sufficient educational background must be put in place to address the social vices currently disturbing northern Nigeria.
The educationists challenged wealthiest in the region to establish schools and to provide scholarship to the less previllaged children in their respective communities.
According to him, there is much to do in order to recover the lost glory of the education in the north as well as to address the issue of quality education of the younger generation.
In his presentation, the guest speaker, Malam Umar Ibrahim Managing Director, Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporations (NDIC) said quality education impacts positively on the peaceful coexistence of any society.
According to him,the spate of violence and insecurity challenges being experienced in Nigeria can be attributed to poor or week educational system.
Mal. Umar Ibrahim pointed out that if we are to enjoy peace,we must offer better living conditions.
According to him, it is a common knowledge that Nigerian employment market must be engaged with not only paper qualification but also be full of ideas and skills, be business minded and possess extra advantage of quality education credentials from a well known institutions.
Also in his speech the Chairman Governing Council Zaria Academy Dr. Haroun Adamu said,Zaria Academy has become a trail blazer and can claim a pride of place of providing skilled manpower in the field of new technology and computer science and infusion of Asian work ethnics into Nigerian workplace.
He said, the Governing Council have provided Academic direction and discipline remain a pillar for the sustainance of the serene Academic either by students or staff.
According to him, Zaria Academy and students have been selected to be honoured to showcase the Academy’s contribution to education and manpower development.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Principal of the school, Mr. U. G. Wuyahka said, Zaria Academy have introduced day system in order to extend the ample opportunity of top quality education to its host communities as well as to offer a new window for cross pollination of ideas between students from diverse economic and social background, create healthy competition and challenge among the students.
Mr. Wuyahku also said, their corporate social responsibility programme has trained 250 artisan in the area of woodwork,plumbing ,electrical installation, tailoring, welding and the school established an entrepreneurial centre in Zaria.
During the celebration, some facilities funded by NDIC and Aliko Dangote Foundation were commissioned among the facilities is e-library which contains five million books in stock and many prominent personalities were honoured for their various contribution to the educational development in their respective communities and Nigeria as a whole.