Boko Haram: Education, employment are solutions, Kwankwaso says

“We are aware now that talks about insecurity are incomplete without tackling its root causes of illiteracy and unemployment.”

The Governor of Kano State, Rabi’u Kwankwaso, has stated that governments at all levels must pay serious attention to education and job creation for the youth as ways of addressing the lingering insecurity in the country.

He said governments at all levels must improve funding of education and training of the youth to become self reliant in order to drastically reduce youth restiveness and engagement in crime and anti-social behaviours.

Mr. Kwankwaso made the assertion on Monday at the 2nd Progressive Governance Lecture series, organized by the Progressive Governors Forum at Africa House, Government House, Kano.

The Progressive Governors Forum comprises governors who are members of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Mr. Kwankwaso, who spoke against the backdrop of the theme of the lecture ‘Crisis in Nigeria’s Education Sector: Addressing the Connect between Unemployment and Insecurity’, maintained that “no nation can progress and exist peacefully with a crisis ridden sector of education like that of Nigeria.”

To address the problem of education in Kano State, he stated that his administration has declared free education at all levels and had also built about 3000 classroom blocks in primary schools. He said his administration also placed emphasis on teacher training, provision of teaching and learning materials, as well as provision of infrastructure.

Apart from establishing 24 institutes including the Northwest University in addition to Wudil University of Science and Technology in the state, which have so far graduated at least 40,000 young men and women, Mr. Kwankwaso noted that his government has sponsored over 2,000 Kano indigenes to bag masters and PhD degrees in 14 countries across the world.

“Even within the country, thousands of the Kano indigenes have been given scholarships to study in public universities while about 1,000 are currently studying in private universities like Bells University of Technology, Otta, and Crescent University, both in Ogun State,” the governor added.

In his speech, the chairman of the occasion and first civilian governor of Abia State, Ogbonnaya Onu, lamented that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, administration has failed the people of Nigeria and that the best solution to Nigeria’s socio-political and economic woes is a change of government in 2015.

He noted that the PDP has been in power for 16 years, but regretted that Nigeria as a country has stagnated in terms of meaningful development. Thus, he said, his party, the APC, has all the credentials to produce good governance and make Nigeria a better country in 2015.

“APC is the biggest opposition party in the history of our country; and ready to respond to the needs of our people. APC is no longer just a party, but it has become a movement. Whatever we do, we must listen to the cries of our people. We must constantly study the mood of the nation. We must move along instead of trying to move against the collective will of our people. We should never think that we have already won an election that is yet to be contested,” Mr. Onu, a former National Chairman of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, said

In his comment, former Head of State, Muhammad Buhari, accused the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan of not budgeting enough to the education sector, lamenting that in recent years, there has been crisis after crisis in the sector with no concrete solution in sight.

“In terms of priority, what the country needs is quality education for development. It requires great vision and foresight to accord education a rightful place in budget priority. I recalled that our founding fathers provided 40 per cent to education.

“Without education one has only limited opportunity for employment. Today in Nigeria, even with a university degree, the opportunities are still very limited. Our teeming youth need to be provided with jobs not only in agriculture and industry but in public works, infrastructure buildings, urban renewal and self employment; otherwise our security situation will worsen with great consequences to the social instability,” Mr. Buhari said.

Also speaking, the Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, said there is a whole lot of difference between the PDP and APC He said if APC had controlled the federal government, the billions of naira being allegedly siphoned under the PDP government would have been used to provide free and qualitative education for Nigerians.

Mr. Amaechi, who also spoke on the crisis in the education sector in Nigeria, insisted that corruption is the major source of bad leadership in the country.

He said if there is no poverty, unemployment, and illiteracy, there certainly will be no Boko Haram, insurgency, and insecurity in the country today.

Earlier, Chairman of Progressive Governors Forum, PGF, Rochas Okorocha, frowned at the spate of insecurity in the country and called on politicians irrespective of party affiliations to come together and fight the scourge.

Mr. Okorocha also announced that the PGF has already donated N100 million to the families of Nyanya bombings, adding that the progressive governors have also decided to help in rebuilding destroyed schools in Borno State.

The Imo Governor also spoke about the abduction of over 200 girls at Chibok, Borno State, insisting that now is the time for all Nigerians to come together and ensure the release of the students.

According to him, the theme of the lecture was chosen in line with the mandate of the Progressive Governors’ Lecture series to bring to the fore and work towards eradicating certain national problems.

“The problem of unemployment generally has been linked to so many factors around education; ranging from the quality of institutions, quality of instruction givers and the knowledge they pass across; to the willingness of the students to learn.

“We are aware now that talks about insecurity are incomplete without tackling its root causes of illiteracy and unemployment. Many may argue about the place of education in wealth creation but the truth remains that understanding comes with proper enlightenment,” he noted.

Others who spoke during the occasion were former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, Governor Adams Oshiomole of Edo State, and Ahmed Illyasu of the Department of Education, Bayero University Kano, BUK, who delivered the main lecture.

The lecture was also attended by Governors Abdulfattah Ahmad (Kwara), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Aliyu Wammako (Sokoto), Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo), Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara), Ibrahim Gaidam (Yobe), former Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Nasir el-Rufai, and members of the National Assembly, among other APC leaders.


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  • eBusiness

    these guys don’t understand that Nigerians are more smarter than they think. They keep using the quotes “WE WILL ….” Please what are you doing Now?

  • max

    Is kwankwaso himself educated?

    • embeey

      Imagine u asking us here? Tht means u r nt educated. Y nt ask kwankwaso or ask somebody tht can ask kwankwaso on ur behlf. U r maximly illitrate

      • Yayah

        Man, write good English. I can read and understand you. You are neither texting or writing on twitter.

    • johansen

      Does it matter? You don’t have to be educated to know the value of education. The man has done remarkably well to that regard.

    • Dan Kano

      Graduate of Engineering (ABU), Masters in Engineering (Cambridge University), fellow of Nigerian society of Engineers, to that regard. What qualifications do you/your Governor posses.

      • bugwu

        Fellow my Foot what has he ever designed?

        • yusuf ıdrıs muhammad

          Your question supposed to be what has he done to his people, not what has he ever designed, bcos he is a leader not an academician nor a researcher, You guys always claimed to be literate people but most of the time i wonder whether you really used to brain to think.

          lastly we await to see the achievement of your governor especially in education.

    • Night Crawler

      His still better than Sambo and Dumbo put together

    • Night Crawler

      His still better than Sambo and Dumbo put together

      • bugwu

        Sambo is an architect and organised. What has Kwankwaso as an engineer which he claime ever designed. Where is the 2000 PhD from Kano as he claimed. These lies will not last

        • yusuf ıdrıs muhammad

          Here is one of them writing to you from turkey, the problem with you guys is that you can not see beyond your riverine area, some of these sponsored guys are studying in the sw and ss, why can’t go to the mentioned universities and confirmed? Hahahaha what a jealous person, instead of you to go and pressed you governor to do the same to you, you are hear chanting hatred

    • bugwu

      Thank you

  • Yayah

    Who is responsible for providing education to each of the 50 States in United States? Is it the function of individual States or the function of President of the United States? The Hausa/Fulani North is asking for too much handout. These parasites must be stopped by any means necessary.

  • BlackieUmukoro

    Ogbonaya Onu, you are a disgrace to N’digbo

    • johansen

      The man sees beyond N’digbo

      • bugwu

        He is seeing Affiliation of Poverty Congress

    • Jones

      He is not a member of Peoples Destructive Party. – the world renowned Presidential Dumbo Party that applies creek mentality to solve modern day problems. We all did not grow up with alcohol as breakfast. Ndigbo is different from SS. Igbos produce the Azikiwes, Ojukwus, Ekwuemes, not the Asaris, Clarks, Ibori, and Dr J.

  • Darlington Mudiaga Atumu

    These guys just woke up

    • johansen

      Its better to wake up late than never to wake up at all. The PDP cronies seem to be asleep eternally.

      • bugwu

        You cannot stop a moving train, it will take more than 100yrs for APC to meet up with PDP notwithstanding any propaganda they are promoting.

  • joe

    These APC folks amazes me. Look at this guy called kwankwaso. is he telling us that the governors of adamawa, borno and yobe refused to fund education or what?. The states kwankwaso is castigating are all APC state, so what is he talking about?.

    • johansen

      He was talking about his strides in the education sector which is factual. KANO was his point of reference

      • bugwu

        What of the Alimajeris?

        • yusuf ıdrıs muhammad

          Don’t you know that street begging was banned in kano? do you really knw what is going on in kano? Or are you only a critic?

    • bugwu

      Of course they are not funding anything, you know they are used to sharing money finish.