Emir Sanusi wants Mosques converted to primary schools

Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido [Photo Credit: Channels TV]
Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido [Photo Credit: Channels TV]

The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, has called on governors of northern states to convert mosques to primary schools, especially in the villages.

The emir made the call in his remarks at an event in the Kano Educational Week programme.

“I was in Morocco sometimes ago and I asked to see their universities. They took me to mosques where I saw each serving as classrooms teaching Computer Science and other subjects,” he said.

Mr. Sanusi said mosques were not initially meant for prayers alone.

He said historically, mosques were also used for other things like marriages, scholarly activities and leadership trainings.

He urged the northern state governors who have many mosques to return to the practice so as to save money for other needs.

The Emir said if the idea was adopted, funds allocated to building schools could be channeled to training of teachers and providing for their welfare and other teaching instruments.

At the event, Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, said the state government spent over N30 billion last year on salaries of teaching and non-teaching staff of schools in the 44 local councils of the state.

He said the programme being conducted was for the graduation of 2,500 teaching staff with National Certificate of Education and postgraduate diploma in education.

The governor said the state hoped to produce over 25,000 qualified teachers in Kano through the new initiative by next year.


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  • okpada

    Good idea from a great mind

    • OJERINDE, Olatunde A.

      Not really, it is an idea that is blind to the plurality of the populace. It needs refining cum further explanation.

  • JasV

    Obviously the mosques in Morocco are not like the ones in Nigeria where everybody is sitting on mats. How will students write, where is class one or class 6? Where are the toilets?

  • chukwumusabayo

    Hmmnn . . he’s advising northern state government to use mosques as classrooms for educating both muslim and non-muslim students. How wise is that in a plural, religiously-sensitive country? Will they allow a pupil to eat pork there? I have no issue if it’s privately-administered. With public funds . . it’s a NO NO!!. The state should rather completely buy out the mosques, and totally convert it to classrooms where children of atheists, traditionalists, christians and other non-muslims can study in a religiously-neutral environment. Otherwise, they should build new classrooms instead of using mosques

  • design

    I have always thought good about this man. He understands the future and deeply cares. Converting Mosques and Churches to schools is the best thing that can happen to Nigeria and Africa. I am proud of you Emir for understanding that we will never evolve without educating our population and imbueing them with skills to move out of the hunter gathering civilization. Thank you!

  • chinedu

    I have been following this emir Sanusi’s advice,,,,,especially on youths forex trading schem,the advice on Muslim clerics to preach love and peace amongst others and now he has come up with a wonderful idea,,,,,, for me the federal and states govnmts should start building acquization(skill centres) were our youths can lean different skills,self reliance I mean to prepare the youths for the challenges”empowerment”they can still give back what the government has given them

  • Amin

    stop being religious extremists guys. what the emir said is simply the truth. other facilities like toilet, class rooms and seats are mere additions provided the building is there