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Sambo Inaugurates Tsangaya Model School, Other Projects in Bauchi

| November 5, 2013 More

Vice President Namadi Sambo

By Segun Awofadeji  

Vice President Namadi Sambo Saturday inaugurated the Tsangaya Model School, Buzaye Village, Bauchi built by the Federal Government to keep street urchins popularly called Almajiri off the streets and give them basic western education without interfering with the goals of the Quaranic education system.
Sambo,  who said the population of over nine million Almajiris in Northern Nigeria has posed a great challenge to the Goodluck Jonathan led-government disclosed that the Federal Government has so far built and equipped 89 Tsangaya schools across the country while the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) has built 39 with other Tsangaya schools at various stages of completion.

The Vice President, who is in Bauchi State on a two-day working visit  after flying  into the state at 10:07 am from Bayelsa  State, had on arrival at the Bauchi airstrip, inaugurated   a 50-room office complex of the Bauchi State Geographic Information System (BAGIS) and the Bauchi State-owned Fertilizer Blending Company.
Sambo, who also charged state governments, especially, the 19 Northern states to duplicate the efforts of the Federal Government, assured that ’’ government is unwavering in its determination to provide education to all Nigerians.’’
The Vice President was welcomed by Governor Isa Yuguda, representative of Minister of Education, Prof Charles Onocha, Senators Abdul Ningi representing Bauchi Central, Babayo Gamawa representing Bauchi North and Ibrahim Adamu Gumba, former governor of Bauchi State, Alhaji Ahmed Adamu Muazu, and Chairman of TETFund, Musa Babayo, among several other dignitaries.
The Vice President then inspected the newly constructed N9 billion Bauchi International  Airport which is expected to be inaugurated   by the President soon before flying to Yankari Games Reserves to inaugurate   other projects executed by the Yuguda administration.
Namadi is expected to be in Azare tomorrow to commission another Tsangaya Model Schools. 
Commissioning the Tsaganya Model School, Namadi said the challenge is to ensure that the  over nine million almajiris received basic western education  for the socio-economic development of the country.

“Any development plan not hinged on comprehensive education would not lead to the desire socio-economic development,” he said, appealing to traditional rulers and other opinion leaders to drum up support to encourage western education.
Earlier in his welcome address, Governor  Yuguda assured that the  introduction of  almajiri schools known as Tsangaya model  schools by the Federal Government will address insecurity challenges in the Northern states.
Yuguda who commended the federal government for remembering the almajiri “this most vulnerable  group in the society’’, believed   the move will address the current insecurity in  parts of the Northern states.

He described the introduction of Tysangaya education as an important decision taken by the present administration pointing out that the Tsangaya model school is aimed at introducing elements of basic education into the Quaranic school system without interfering with the goals of the Quaranic education system.
He expressed optimism that in the next 5 years with the Tsangaya education system, Northern states will be highly educated, developed and secured.
Yuguda disclosed that about 220 Tsangaya schools has been established in Bauchi state adding that 35,531 alimajiri students are enrolled in the schools.
He assured that if  the revenue allocation of the state improves with FG’s continued commitment to the programme, the numbers of the Tsangaya schools will be increased in the state saying that his administration is the first government to integrate almajiri system of education into the Universal Basic Education programme.
Yuguda commended President Goodluck Jonanathan for initiating the almajiri programme considering the huge population of Almajiri children in the North saying it will go a long way in alleviating their suffering.

Category: Bauchi State News

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