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Shara: Kano community where nobody has primary school certificate

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By Nazifi Dawud

Three years ago, officials of the Kano state government as well as representatives of a non-governmental organization gathered on a small parcel of land beneath a giant tree in Shara–a remote farming village tucked deeply into Sumaila local government area of Kano state.

The aim of the meeting was to build a classroom block for the over 500 school-age children who were forced to stay at home or engage in hawking due to absence of a school in the village.

It was in a bid to address this concern that then Deputy Governor of Kano State, Professor Hafiz Abubakar, who doubled as the state Commissioner for Education, sent representatives to the village to assure residents that a school would be provided for their children.

Kano Focus reports that the nearest school to Shara community was located more than seven kilometers in neighbouring Matigwai village, which is separated by a ditch that often becomes over-flooded during rainy season. Currently, classes no longer hold at the community school because of the rain season.

Residents told our correspondent that when dry season sets in, children as young as five had to trek the seven kilometer distance to access the school. They added that the footpath that leads to Matigwai village is also full of thorny bushes that put the children at risk of snake bites and other harms.

It was gathered that for decades, none of the residents in Shara village was able to acquire a primary school leaving certificate due to lack of a school in the community.

At the gathering in Shara, which took place precisely in March 2016, government officials at both state and local levels made promises to erect a fully equipped classroom block on a larger piece of land donated by the community members for a school.

Idris Aliyu Rimi, the Education Secretary of the Local Education Authority (LEA) in Sumaila local government council, had told Daily Trust then that the government had not forgotten about the Shara school project.

“You should tell the community members that we are aware of their plight. But as you know, education is a costly venture. There are no projects going on anywhere because there are no funds. So, let them allow their children to continue attending the community school since a teacher has been dispatched,” he had said.

Also, Umar S. Muhammad Kibiya, the Permanent Member 1 of SUBEB, then had also told the newspaper that Shara village would get a classroom block by 2017 as the project was already included in the 2017 budget.

“The village lacks a school because of a river or valley that prevents children from attending schools (elsewhere) especially during the rainy season.

“I reported the issue to the executive chairman and he directed the Director of Physical Planning and the Director, Planning and Statistics to include Shara village in our action plan for 2017 to build a classroom to accommodate the children. By 2017, Shara would enjoy a classroom by God’s grace,” he had said.

However, despite all these promises, Kano Focus reports that three years later, Shara community is still operating a makeshift school under a tree without instructional materials.

“All the promises that were made to us by the government officials have vanished into thin air. Our children are losing interest in education because they have been deceived over and over again by our leaders. We want our children to be educated but the government has abandoned us,” Dayyabu Musa, a resident told journalists.

Malam Dayyabu Musa, a resident of Shara village

Another resident, Rabilu Musa, said even the teacher that was dispatched to the makeshift school became bored and stopped coming.

“Our children are now staying at home. They can’t go to the school in Matigwai because they cannot cross the ditch which is flooded by rain water. It is too dangerous to cross even for an adult,” he said.

Even though they were literally abandoned by government, members of Shara community have gotten assistance from the Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD), in order to maintain the makeshift community school.

On September 9, 2019, CITAD donated instructional materials including books, sets of uniforms and a board to the Shara school to encourage the children to continue with classes.

In his remarks, Sagir Ado, a representative of CITAD, lamented how the care-free attitude of government officials towards education is causing backwardness in Kano state.

“For three years, nobody brought a single building block in the name of constructing a classroom after series of promises. We have sent letters to lawmakers at both the state and national assembly on the need to build a school in Shara. But all our efforts have ended in vain,” he said.

“If we continue like this, the residents in this village would lose interest in education. This is why we are supporting them to sustain this makeshift school in spite of the challenges.

However, Mukhtar Uba Sumaila, a representative of the Local Education Secretary, Idris Aliyu Rimi, begged the community to be patient, promising that a teacher would be dispatched to the community school while efforts would be made to provide a classroom structure in the village.

“There is a 17-member committee called the SBMC being formed at every school. I’ll guide you on how to set up this committee so that the school can access benefits. I was informed that you have donated a plot of land for a proper school.

“Through the SBCM committee, you can have audience with the chairman of Sumaila local government area Ismaila Hamisu Rimi to discuss how a classroom block can be erected. In addition to this, your children can also benefit from the ongoing free feeding program” he said.

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Sulaiman’s Kano girlfriend surfaces, speaks on boyfriend’s American lover

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Nafisa Tahir, the Hausa girlfriend of Sulaiman Isah, the 26-year-old Instagram lover of an American woman Ms Janine Sanchez, has emerged from the shadows to speak on her now ex-boyfriend’s new found love.

Ms Nafisa, who spoke to famous broadcast journalist Salisu Zango, said she was not perturbed by Mr Sulaiman’s romance with 46-year-old Ms Sanchez, who came all the way from the United States to meet and propose marriage to the young man.

KANO FOCUS reports that Ms Sanchez fell in love with Mr Sulaiman after they met on social network app Instagram over 10 months ago.

The American mom of two has already declared her intention to marry Mr Sulaiman and move with him to the United States in March, 2020.

Mr Sulaiman’s parents have given their blessings to Ms Sanchez’s proposal to marry their son.

His father, Mr Isa, a retired police officer had told Kano Focus that he had no objection his son’s relationship to the American woman as long as she agrees to sponsor Mr Sulaiman’s education and allow him to retain his Islamic faith.

However, Ms Nafisa said though she felt betrayed but she was happy that her ex boyfriend has revealed his “true colours” early enough.

She said she was glad Mr Sanchez’s emergence had exposed Mr Sulaiman’s “hidden character”, adding that she wished the lovers well.

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Kano youths form business group to tackle unemployment

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A collection of youths in Kano state have formed an entrepreneurship group, Inspire Arewa Youths Initiative (IAYA) to provide online and digital marketing skills that would help in tackling unemployment in the state.

Chairman of the group, Muhammad Sani Ibrahim, told Kano Focus on Sunday, during the  IAYA launching programme that he collaborated with 20 other like-minded persons to make the idea a reality.

He said the programme, titled SME 1.0, was conceived for members to showcase their businesses and ideas in an “original way”, that would attract customers for them without much challenge.

Mr Ibrahim also explained that young entrepreneurs would also receive training in online business strategies, which he said would make it possible for people to start businesss with zero capital.

“With online marketing, someone can start a business with zero capital just by snapping pictures of textile commodities in Kwari market for instance. When that person posts the pictures online, he can attract customers for whom he can get the goods without spending much money,” he said.

He further explained that IAYA is divided into different aspects of entrepreneurship including photography, fashion, beauty and catering clusters.

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Await Allah’s judgement, Abba tells Supreme Court as Ganduje offers olive branch

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Abba Yusuf, governorship candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kano state has told justices of the Supreme Court, who dismissed his petition against Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of All Progressives Congress (APC)– to await the judgement of Allah.

Kano Focus reports that a panel of five justices led by Justice Sylvester Ungwuta at the Supreme Court on Monday upheld Mr Ganduje as the duly elected governor of Kano state, throwing away Mr Abba’s petition.

In his reaction, Mr Abba said the verdict “further confirms the connivance of the allied forces of election robbery who are oppressors of the Nigerian democracy”.

“Considering the overwhelming evidences presented by the eminent team of experienced lawyers, one cannot imagine how these agents of tyranny and undemocratic principles joined hands to rob the good people of Kano their mandate.

“However, we have seen the worst of what they can do, so they should await the judgment of the Almighty Allah, which they cannot avoid,” he said in a statement signed by his spokesperson Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa.

Join me to develop Kano–Ganduje

However, Mr Abba’s opponent Mr Ganduje called on the opposition PDP “to come and join hands with him for the continued development of the state.”

The governor, in a statement by Abba Anwar, his chief press secretary said he thanked Allah for his victory at the supreme court.

“We thank Allah for the victory that made it possible for the Supreme Court to reaffirm our victory after Election Petition Tribunal and Court of Appeal judgements. We also thank Kano people for peaceful conduct of their affairs,” Mr Ganduje said.

“Whoever believes and depends on Allah, will always see light at the beginning, mid and end of the tunnel, no matter the circumstances.

“We also commend all the Judges who partook in this exercise of deepening democracy. This shows the commitment of our judiciary in strengthening our democracy. This is highly commendable.

“I insist that our opposition should come and join us to move the state forward. We have a lot of developmental projects on ground. And more are coming. Our free and compulsory education policy needs all hands on deck. Our security system also needs all and sundry. Among others,” he added.

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