Gov. Aliyu Carpets David Mark On Almajiri Ban

Niger state governor Dr. Babangida Aliyu has berated  the Senate President David Mark on his call for the banning of the Almajiri system saying, it was not a solution especially if there was no replacement.

Speaking in his office in Minna, the state capital when the Senate Committee on Education paid him a courtesy, Monday, the governor said many vital issues like their religion, culture and settlement have to be taken into cognisance before thinking of banning the system.

“It is not just something you just wake up and say ban. It is the same thing like the Normadic schools introduced by the federal government some years ago and because we did not pay attention to their culture and religion, major problems started coming up and this is why the programme is not succeeding,” he noted.

According to him, “If we can have a way where the federal, state and local governments can come to the aid of these people by absolving them and their teachers into normal school system so that people will not think we want to kill their religion by banning what they consider their culture and that is why we have to think deeply about that.”

He also kicked against the building of Almajiri schools by the FG pointing out that this will not solve the problem because it will look  to them as if they are being stigmatized.

“I agree that there is the need to do something about the Almajiri system but I feel that with the way we are doing it now  by just building Almajiri schools, it will not solve the problem. They must be treated as citizens and not to make it look like a stigma and we have to sit down and look at these and it is not the question of banning but a question of what do we do to make sure they are all absorbed into the formal school system,” the governor remarked.

Governor Aliyu also took a swipe at the nation’s school curriculum and called for its immediate review.

According to him, “certificate does not make a man; certificate does not do the work but it is the person who does the work and this is why we need to pay less attention on certificate which many students are now desperate to acquire but rather pay attention on what they can produce.”

The committee members who were in Niger state as part of their oversight functions to some federal Education establishments in the state, hailed the governor for his giant strides in improving the quality of education in the state.