The Minister of Education, Mal. Adam Adamu, on Tuesday tasked Nigerians on the need to support government effort towards provision of qualitative education for all.
He made the call while delivering a speech at the 36th Annual conference, organized by the Nigerian Association of Teachers of Arabic and Islamic Studies (NATAIS) held at Ahmadu Bella University, (ABU) Zaria.
The Minister who spoke through the Acting Registrar, National Board for Arabic and Islamic Studies, (NBAIS) Prof Shafiu Abdullah, said government is doing its best in pursuing the Education 2030 Agenda.
According to him, in the 2030 agenda, government has made adequate plan towards provision of infrastructure, capacity building as well as funding of education at all levels.
He observed that the federal ministry of education has made a holistic and inclusive approach in the implementation strategies of the plan ,adding that the Association, and the Board should be ready to respond in that direction
The minister appreciated the NATALS, NBAIS as well as related stakeholders in the area of integration of two forms of education which according to him would improve Nigerians
Also speaking, the Sultan of Sokoto, his eminence Alhaji Sad Abubakar 11 urged the members of the association to work towards finding solution to security challenges posed by Boko Haram
He emphasised that” speaking Arabic as a language those not make person a cleric , if you go to the middle East can find Bishops in the churches speaking Arabic as a language”
“anybody who learned and speak Arabic always paraded themselves as sheikh, always goes round and tell people am sheikh because he speak the language fluently does not make him really a sheikh ,a teacher or cleric, “he observed,
“This is a very big challenge, you have to come up with a solution in this your program, the problem of half-baked cleric is very serious, am make reference because I know many of them.
“Make it a duty by inculcating into the minds of the people the love for the language and love for the Prophet Muhammad SAW into the heart of every Muslim”
He said, the theme of this conference “De-radicalisation and the role of Arabic and Islamic Studies is very important, therefore we must guard against having another Boko Haram
Earlier in his welcome address, the National president of the association (NATAIS) prof. Dani Isn’t Musa urged political leader should work towards ensuring permanent peace, and unity of the country.
He enjoined them to be patriotic and fear Allah while canvassing for votes and shun all acts of electoral violence and fraud.
The president called on related examination bodies to emulate the gesture of NBAIS, to enhance educational growth in the country.