The Emir of Kano, Mallam Muhammad Sanusi II, has charged northern governors to build a giant remedial college to accommodate all northern candidates, who fail to secure admission into conventional universities.
Sanusi, a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), made this known on Tuesday, in his address at the joint convocation of 2,000 teachers held at the Kano Government House.
While lamenting that the North had been lagging behind educationally, the Emir called for the conversion of mosques spread across the country as schools.
“If you look at our educational needs viz a viz the infrastructure deficit, it has become imperative to convert existing mosques to primary schools, and aside cost reduction in this era of recession, it would accelerate education development in the region,” he said.
Sanusi said this model of education was obtainable in Morocco, adding that he advocated this type of educational model in order to revamp the backwardness of the North in education when compared with the Southern part of the country.
Meanwhile, Emir Sanusi’s suggestion has elicited mixed views from some Northern leaders.
Reacting to the suggestion, a Second Republic politician, Dr Junaid Mohammed, said the monarch’s suggestion is mischievous.
His words: “Ordinarily, I won’t dignify the statement credited to the Emir with any response because the Emir talks from both sides of his mouth. Though, I agree that there are too many mosques all around and more functional schools need to be built, I don’t think converting a mosque or church to school is what will solve the problem.
“I believe the issue of million beggars on streets in the North is what should have formed the basis of discussion and not the issue of converting mosques to schools.”
However, Alhaji Balarabe Musa approved the suggestion, saying: “I believe the conversion of mosques into primary schools is in order.”
Also in support, Alhaji Shettima Yerima, revealed that Sanusi’s call would eradicate radicalism in the North.
“I think the call by the Emir of Kano is a good one. Before now, some disgruntled elements have tried to portray the North and Islam in bad light. With this call by the Emir, I am optimistic that it will reduce radicalism in the region and erase the wrong impression people have regarding Islam,” he said.
In disagreement to the suggestion, Alhaji Abubakar Tsav, said:
‘’It is wrong to apply economics to the worship of God. The choice of doing that is personal and should be between governors and their people. People do things which they believe in. However, if the mosques are converted to schools, how can that add value? In that part of the country, people believe that to worship God is better than worship of worldly things.”