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Quality Education Strategy in Kano: REASONS WHY ZAURA IS THICK?



By Al-Amin Ciroma.
In every move of his philanthropic activities, the APC Chieftain in Kano State, Alhaji Abdulsalam Abdulkareem Zaura, popularly known as A. A. Zaura heralded good days for educators. 
He always takes the opportunity to restate his absolute commitment to quality and accessible education. This gesture is visibly displayed every time he stands in to express himself or talk to the media.
Recent research found a significant gap in so many modules in education, not only in his home state – Kano – but in the entire north and the nation as a whole, which arose during the pandemic and other significant factors. Evidently, the APC bigwigs’ foundation, the A. A. Zaura Foundation, is always on the forefront to act swiftly and work tirelessly to address the gap in the fields of education, connectivity, resources, social-emotional well-being, and general engagement.
Zaura launched a holistic framework that has an education-focused package that can ensure a stabilized format for best learning practices and professional know-how of hybrid learning in Kano State in order to prioritize educators to receive good training and renovation of dilapidated school structures, including the building of reforms to help in educating the average child in the state.
The foundation, which is believed to be the leading humanitarian body in the state is well-positioned to simultaneously ensure every step is taken to construct new learning centers and renovate others in all the 44 local government councils of the state. Gradually, as the project commences, the foundation has kick-started the move by renovating some schools, learning centers that are now in good shape with enough equipment, furniture, and learning accessories.
Zaura, who received many accolades in the humanitarian and philanthropic sectors proved that he had incentivized both health and education aspects of human life because he is well-positioned to make significant investments in the areas. He promised to uplift the standard of education and girl-child education in the state through his exalted foundation. ‎
As he nurtures his ambition to venture into the race of the gubernatorial ticket, Mr. Zaura and considering his rich manifesto, ensured that he will leave no stone unturned to restore back the lost glories of his dear state, and also ensure continuity from Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje’s policy on education – returning all out-of-school ‎children to school – in order to save their future.
This, according to Mr. Zaura, is to compliment the Kano State’s policy on education by providing free education to physically challenged persons and their children as well as training them on several skills for them to be profitably active.
People who know Alhaji Abdulsalam Zaura can tell you that he is always on top of his major priorities, which is the provision of quality and accessible education for all! ‎He always stresses that since the state government has declared free education at basic and senior secondary school levels as part of an effort to reduce the number of out-of-school children in the state, he vows to ensure he doubles the gesture if given the opportunity.
Guided by a clear moral compass to ensure education thrives in Kano State, Zaura is set to steer the project toward huge success and continuous praiseworthy activities.

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Lagos education ministry to investigate student’s exit from school for covering textbook with obi poster



Lagos State Ministry of Education revealed that it will deal decisively with any teacher or staff caught promoting political hatred among students. 

The state commissioner for education, Lagos state Mrs Folasade Adefisayo in a press released signed by the ministry’s Asst Director, Public Affairs, Ganiu Lawal disclosed that the ministry has summoned the principal to explain his actions.

The education ministry which is investigating the story of a ten year old Marvelous Barinaadaa that went viral on social media after her father complained that  his Daughter was Exited from Odomola junior  Secondary school, Epe in Lagos on the 14th of this March for using the poster of Peter Obi to wrap her text books  pointed out that all it’s agencies will never indulge nor instruct any school, teacher,  principal or personnel to act in such a manner. 

 Mrs. Adefisayo reassures Lagos students and the public that the issue will be dealt with decisively without delay within the ambit of Lagos state strict regulations on education explaining that the reason for sending home the  student, if the story is confirmed to be true  is unacceptable.

Mrs Adefisayo further revealed another case of a school principal at Odonguyan who was recorded on video camera that also went viral on social media in which the principal was campaigning for the political party of her choice to the students at the school premises unveiling that the offender has also been subjected to appropriate disciplinary measures.

Mrs. Adefisayo added that her ministry is always poised to promotes and operate a public school systems that is  devoid of politics and political insinuations. She re-emphasize that a thorough investigation has been launched into both issues  while measures to ensure justice and peaceful environment of learning will be ensured with a view to curtail future occurance of such incidents.

She said that anyone found violating the state civil service rules will be subjected to disciplinary measures.

Earlier, the complain letter published on social media by the parent of the child informed the public that the school Principal of his daughter who used Peter Obi poster to wrap her note Book without knowing the political implications of what might later erupt exit his child from the school.

The posting further explained that the child didn’t know anything about Politics but was sent home from the school without the school authority informing her parents of her fault and what measures the school has taken. 

The parent lamented that their guilt was supporting Peter Obi to be president and his labour party, asking the public if the principal’s action is noble. 

The parent sent the post with the letter written by the school principal and ended with “And after all we will say we are one Nigerian” requesting anyone that comes across the letter to repost in all obidients flatforms

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2023 Elections: Bauchi return indigenous students to exercise their franchise 



Bauchi State Governor, Bala Muhammad  has directed all Bauchi state students, studying at various institutions of learning especially the higher institutions across the country to be transported back to the State with an aim to  cast their votes this weekend.

The state government according to the governor will take care of all their transportation fare and expenditure.

This directive is coming at the heel of the National Universities Commission order for the closure of all higher institutions ahead of this week’s general elections.

Farouq Mustapha, the Director General of the PDP Campaign Council in the state is saddled with the responsibility of ensuring smooth conveyance of the students while processes of the activity has begun.

Governor Bala Muhammad has settled over 300 million naira students fees that are expected to write this year’s NECO and JAMB in public secondary schools across the state, 

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Alkalam Writers to hold public commemoration, book presentation on late broadcaster, author Mahmoon Baba-Ahmed



Alkalam Writers Association, Kaduna, says it is organising a public commemoration and book presentation on renown Hausa broadcaster and author, Alhaji Mahmoon Baba-Ahmed, who died five years ago.

President of the association, Hajiya Halima Abdullahi Kofar Mashi has revealed 

She says the event will take place at Arewa House, Kaduna, on Thursday, February 9, 2023, which falls on the fifth anniversary of the demise of the journalist. 

Alhaji Mahmoon, whom she described as an elder statesman, died in Kaduna on Thursday, February  9, 2018, aged 77.

He first made a name for himself as a correspondent for the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Kaduna, in several states. Subsequently, he served as the General Manager of Radio Kano and later as the Managing Director of Kaduna State Media Corporation (KSMC).

In retirement, Mahmoon devoted his time to writing on contemporary issues, running weekly columns in newspapers including The Triumph, Blueprint and Aminiya, as well as commentaries on the Kaduna-based DITV Television, Liberty Television, Alheri Radio and Liberty Radio.

A literary enthusiast, he authored six books in Hausa that included a poetry collection titled ‘Dan Hausa’, two plays (‘Uwani Reza’ and ”Yar Halas’), and translated three plays of William Shakespeare.

The Shakespearean plays he translated are ‘Macbeth’ as ‘Makau’, ‘Julius Caesar’ as ‘Jarmai Ziza’, and ‘Romeo and Juliet’ as ‘Habiba Ta Habibu’. 

The press release said a key part of the commemoration is the unveiling of Mahmoon’s last book, ‘Habiba Ta Habibu’, which was only published this year.

Hajiya Halima indicated that Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasiru Ahmad El-Rufai, is scheduled to attend as the special guest of honour on the occasion, while the proprietor of Liberty Television, Dr. Ahmed Tijjani Ramalan, will serve as chairman.

She said the Emir of Zazzau, Ambassador Ahmad Nuhu Bamalli, is the royal father of the day, while a former president of the Federal Court of Appeal, Justice Umaru Abdullahi (Walin Hausa), is the special guest.

She added that the Kaduna Zonal Director of the FRCN, Alhaji Buhari Auwalu, is the guest speaker, while a senior lecturer at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Professor Adamu Ibrahim Malumfashi, is the book reviewer.

Several other stakeholders invited to the event have confirmed their intention to attend the event, she said. 

According to the president of the association, the motivation for the event is both to highlight the great patriotic works of Alhaji Mahmoon and emphasise the need to celebrate the contribution of some Nigerians to national development after they are gone.

She said the event is also an opportunity to give posthumous awards to some members of the association who are deceased.

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