Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, yesterday, met President Muhammadu Buhari and sought his assistance on free and compulsory education, especially the integration of Almajiri.
The governor, who led stakeholders from the state to the presidential Villa, said the state has made tremendous progress in reducing the number of out-of-school children in the state.
According to him, “We also made some requests. We need assistance on free and compulsory education, especially the integration of Almajiri.
“We also requested for the completion of Greater Kano River Irrigation Scheme, we requested the same for about 24 dams in Kano, and a federal medical centre in Kano.
“Of course, when you are talking about the integration of almajri system we need more instructional materials, we need to rehabilitate our schools, classrooms and we need to build more classrooms because, more children are being brought into the system. That is the kind of assistance we are looking to get from the federal government.
On why the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Lamido Sanusi was conspicuously absent from the meeting, he said it’s impossible to come with all the emirs in the five emirates. Ganduje also confirmed that talks are ongoing to reconcile him with the Emir of Kano.
He stated “You asked so many intertwined questions. Let me start with the first one, we have five first class Emirates in Kano State and the Emir of Bichi is from one of the Emirates.
“I cannot come with the whole five Emirates at the same time. Yes, there is the Northern Elders Committee on the misunderstanding between the Emir of Kano and Kano State government.
“We met with that committee and dialoguing is still on. That is all I can say. It is a constitutional issue and the governor and the Emir, we are working within our own jurisdictions and the problem will be solved amicably and constitutionally.
He also boasted that Kano is the most peaceful state in Nigeria saying they have introduced technology to fight insecurity.
On if Kano is ready to key into the SHEGE KA FASA security outfit of the north like that of Amotekun, he said “Thank you very much. I hope you know the meaning of SHEGE KA FASA? You see, each has got its own style of administering security. Kano State being the most peaceful state in the federation, I have just explained how we managed to do that.
“Very soon we are going to have community security summit, that is how the communities are going to assist security agencies. We are going to come out with a blueprint. Instead of recruiting people into the police force, we are going to build a strong synergy between the communities and the security agencies.
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