Final touches are being put to the necessary formalities that will ensure the smooth take off of Morkaz Ibn Junaid Primary School, an education institution specifically established to cater for the Al majiris and nomadic children, Ekiti State Deputy Governor Prof Modupe Adelabu dropped the hint at a stakeholders meeting held in her office in Ado-Ekiti.
The deputy governor, who doubles as the chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board, (SUBEB), said the desire of state government to meticulously follow the guidelines of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) on the establishment of such school informed the delay.
She listed some of the guidelines to include the constitution of the state implementation committee, which she said has been fulfilled; the availability of an expanse of land of not below four acres and a willing Islamic scholar, who will oversee the school. The school would run both Islamic and western education programmes, the deputy governor noted.
She enjoined the board members of the Al majiri school to carry along residents of the host community – Esun-Ekiti in the administration of the institution, reminding them that the involvement of their sons and daughters will give them a sense of belonging and go long way in the success of the school.
The Chairman of the State Implementation Committee, Alhaja Aisha Badmus, who doubles as the Chairman, of the Al majiri School Board, thanked the state government for its commitment and efforts to ensuring a hitch-free take off of the school.
She explained that the Muslim community in the state, particularly in Ikole Local Government Area, where the school is supposed to be located, after a thorough search, finally got a piece of land that met the guideline in Esun-Ekiti.
She noted that 15 teachers are currently engaged to teach 61 pupils in eight classrooms in the school, adding that two of the classrooms were built by the SUBEB.
Alhaja Badmus called on the government to assist the school with a bus for the transportation of the pupils, who live at a distance from the school.
She also appealed to the government to regularize the appointments of the part-time teachers, who are presently teaching in the school to strengthen their commitment.
According to her, the Chief Imam of Ikole, Alhaji Dauda Fajembola, an Islamic scholar, has been appointed to effectively and efficiently manage the school.
The President of the Ekiti State wing of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Afolabi Ogunlaye, lauded Governor Kayode Fayemi for his concern and favourable disposition to any matter that has to do with the welfare of Muslims in the Land of Honour State. Ogunlayi was at yesterday’s parley with the deputy governor.
According to him, Muslims in the state never had it so good and prayed that Allah will continue to guide and direct the government in the right part to bring more development that will take the state to the Promised Land.
Last modified: September 2, 2013