The Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum has inaugurated a 60-classroom community school for higher Islamic studies built by the state government.
A statement by the Special Assistant on Media to the Governor, Baba Sheik Haruna said the higher Islamic school system enables students with a certain level of Qur’anic knowledge gained from traditional Islamiyas to transit into western education for diploma programmes, and the diplomas can qualify them for admissions into universities and other tertiary schools.
According to him, the inaugurated school was initiated and run by community members in an old building before Zulum approved the construction of an entirely new and bigger-size school from scratch to finish.
Baba Sheik said Governor Zulum handed over a cheque of N40million to the proprietor of the school, Alhaji Mohammed ‘Young’ Kidda.
He said that the N40m was from the State Government for community-based managers of the school to pay the salaries of staff over some time.
Zulum however, according to the statement promises to sustain Government’s support for the school.
The Commissioner for Education in the state, Mr Lawan Wakilbe explained that “the school will implement the National Board for Arabic and Islamic Studies (NBAIS) curriculum”, and the institution is expected to run the Junior Islamic Studies (JIS), Senior Islamic Studies (SIS) and a Diploma Programme.
Mr Wakilbe noted that the sixty (60) classroom mega school has six offices, three staff common rooms, and is equipped with 1,200 students’ desks, while each of 60 classrooms has a chair and table for teachers and a white marker board to aid teaching.
The Commissioner highlighted that the school which was fully fenced, landscaped, and flowered, had been connected to the National grid for power supply, while it had water supply facilities with 13 washrooms.
After the inauguration, Governor Zulum formally launched the distribution of textbooks to the community school for higher Islamic studies.
The Governor also distributed 200 bicycles to pupils, stressing that to be walking for three to five kilometres “from the Mzita community in Dueja ward of Biu Local Government Area, to attend Tum primary school” located outside where they live would be exhausting.
The Commissioner said Zulum approved the allocation of bicycles “to every pupil in that community” and “we have identified 200 pupils” to benefit from the gesture.
The Emir of Biu, Mai Mustapha Mustapha II commended Governor Zulum for siting numerous developmental projects across towns and villages in Biu LGA as well as other Local Government Areas under Biu Emirate.
The Emir had said at his Palace that the people of Biu owed Zulum massive support as “payback” for his contribution towards the development of Biu.
Chairman of Biu Local Government Council, Mallam Ibrahim Haruna paid similar tributes to the Governor.
Reporting by Abubakar Bestu; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino, Adeniyi Bakare