Kano State Governor, Dr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso has directed the Implementation Committee of the North-West University, Kano, to use the unoccupied section of the state ICT Park at Ado Bayero House, as temporary site for the institution. Giving the directive when he received the first report of the committee in his office, Governor Kwankwaso said the committee was free to use any public building it desired to speed up the take-off of the institution. “If you can’t get a place, come to Government House. I can vacate it for a smaller place”, the governor maintained, adding that what is important thing is service to the people of the state.
He stated that the government had resolved that an expatriate vice chancellor would head the university for two terms on contract, following which an indigenous vice chancellor would take over. He pointed out that the committee was free to advertise for all academic and non- academic positions in the institution. He thanked the National Universities Commission for granting approval for the take-off of the university.
Governor Kwankwaso promised that adequate support will be given to the first state University of Science and Technology, Wudil, which he established as well as other tertiary institutions in the state to make them serve the citizenry better. The governor, who assured that his administration has enough money to fund the education sector in view of its importance to every human endeavour, pointed out that his passion for education stems from the fact that it is the key to progressive living.
He stated that the state government under his leadership has gone far in sponsoring indigenes of the Kano with first class and second-class upper first degrees to pursue postgraduate studies abroad, expressing delight that the Federal Government has borrowed a leaf from his administration in this direction.
Earlier, the chairman of the Implementation Committee of the North-West University, Prof. Hafiz Abubakar told the governor that going by the level of physical development on the site of the proposed university, the requirement of tangible infrastructure by September 2012 is not realizable. He therefore requested for a temporary site to enable the institution take-off as scheduled.
He disclosed that the committee has sought approval of the National Universities Commission to start with 20 programmes, 17 departments, 6 units, 6 Faculties and a School of General and Entrepreneurial Studies, adding that the position of Vice Chancellor of the institution has already been advertised.
Prof. Abubakar, among other things, urged the state government to consider the draft law for Kano State Education Trust Fund to be enacted into law and the institution to be fully established, so as to support the new university and education sector of the state as a whole.
Meanwhile, the governor has launched the 2012 Mass Literacy Campaign in the state with a commitment to ensure that every person resident in the rural and urban areas of the state becomes literate by 2015. In this connection, he directed that adult literacy classes be established in all the 8,074 polling units in the state and the provision of an equal number of literacy instructors to man the classes.
Speaking during the launch of the exercise at the government house in Kano, Governor Kwankwaso added that under the Building a Learning Society initiative of the government, the tutors will be given monthly allowances, while the 44 local government administrators in the state will recruit 10 supervisors each to monitor the implementation of the programme.
He explained that the adult literacy programme shall be conducted within a minimum of six-months during which time participants are expected to be able to read and write, explaining that besides learning how to read and write, the students will also be taught religious and civic education.
The governor who directed that the adult education tutors should be given specialized training to enable them handle their job well also instructed that the female and male students should be taught in separate classes, handled by teachers of their respective gender to fast-track the training. According to the governor, adult literacy is a serious challenge in this modern world. He pointed out that the primary objective of the government’s adult literacy drive is not just to enable the people to live progressively but also to create more jobs.
“Adult literacy which was launched in Kano between the late 1970s and early 1980s, and which has recorded success has suffered a setback for many years. We are now determined to revitalize the sector for the overall good of our people”, the Governor Kwankwaso maintained. He therefore appealed to individuals and organizations to support his government in wiping illiteracy out of the state.
In her remarks, the Executive Secretary, Kano State Agency for Mass Education, Prof. Fatima Umar assured that the agency is poised to deliver on its mandate, urging participants of the adult literacy classes in Kano to pay more attention to their studies.