- Senator Uba Sani has appealed to the northern leaders over decline state of education in the region
- The senator described the dwindling state of education as a threat to the region
- According to him, the Kaduna state government has, however, made education a key priority in its activities
The lawmaker representing Kaduna central at the Senate, Malam Uba Sani, has challenged the entire northern establishment on the urgency of rising to check the educational decline in the region.
Legit.ng's regional reporter in Kaduna, Nasir Danbatta, reports that Sani threw the challenge while giving out funds to support the education of 175 brilliant indigent senior secondary students in Kaduna on Monday, January 13.
Speaking at the event organised by the Uba Sani foundation, the senator described the dwindling state of education in the north as an existential threat and challenged the northern establishment to rise to the occasion.
"The foundation's choice of education for its intervention is deliberate and strategic. Education in the North is in serious crisis. A recent survey conducted by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) indicates that the population of out of school children in Nigeria has risen from 10.5 million to 13.2 million, the highest in the world. ... Most of the children are out of school while some have never been to school.
"Of this outrageous population of out of school children, about 70% are in the North of Nigeria. This is quite disturbing and must worry all of us who still care for the North and Nigeria in general," he said.
Senator Uba Sani, however, noted that the Kaduna state government has made education a key priority and has effectively been implementing measures aimed at addressing the huge challenges facing education in the state.
He said: "The infrastructure gaps in schools are being addressed, while qualified teachers have been recruited and deployed to urban and rural schools. Governor Nasir El-Rufai is indeed changing the face of education in Kaduna state.
"But challenges remain. The educational sector suffered decades of neglect and so cannot be re-engineered in a very short space of time. It requires sustained attention and funding. Government therefore cannot do it alone. We must all get involved. If we fail to take education seriously and address its challenges, we shall end up mortgaging the future of our children, and by implication the future of our country.
"My message today is straightforward: Let us stop the lamentations. Let us get fully involved in educational development. Support the efforts of government. Adopt a school and help to lift it to higher standards infrastructure wise and in the availability of instructional materials and quality teachers.
"Adopt an indigent student and take responsibility for his or her schooling. Increasing the population of the educated is the surest way of fast-tracking the development of the North and Nigeria in general," he said.
The senator also explained that the Uba Sani foundation scholarship scheme was designed to assist brilliant children of the poor and vulnerable who may not be able to continue their educational pursuit owing to the inability of their parents to meet the demands for registration fees for examinations, tuition fees and other important materials needed for their study.
He implored the dignitaries present to go into their communities as champions and sponsors of education.
"With determination and commitment we can turn things around in Kaduna State and indeed the entire North. Let us make education for all a fundamental right. It is the sustainable path to progress and development," the senator said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Uba Sani described Senate president Ahmad Lawan as a patriot and consensus builder.
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