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Ahmadu Bello Foundation Call For Northern Education Revival

The Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation is sounding the clarion call for leaders to confront the pressing educational challenges facing northern Nigeria. Alhaji Ibrahim Shekarau, Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the foundation, made this plea during a press briefing in Abuja.

He stressed that with unwavering support from key stakeholders, the northern region can achieve the educational excellence envisioned by its founding figures, such as Sir Ahmadu Bello.

"We have been diligently working on various strategies to reevaluate, modernize, and find sustainable solutions to the educational disparities in the North. We have engaged critical stakeholders including governors, members of the national assembly, federal executive council members, and scholars to collectively chart a new educational trajectory for the North and Nigeria as a whole."

Shekarau emphasized that during this initiative, comprehensive research was conducted to gain deeper insights into the educational challenges facing the North. The findings will be presented at a stakeholders' conference scheduled for Tuesday in Abuja.

"The research outcomes have shed light on a rather grim situation but have also provided invaluable insights into how we can revitalize the educational landscape in the Northern region," Shekarau stated.

Additionally, Prof. Rukayyah Rufai, former Minister of Education, explained that the research outcomes are poised to address the multifaceted challenges hampering education in the North. This research draws from years of engagement with government entities at various levels, educational administrators, and academics, among other stakeholders.

Rufai highlighted that the objective of the research is to create a practical blueprint for redirecting the course of education in the North.

Prof. Yahaya Kuta, a foundation board member and former Commissioner for Information in Niger State, pointed out that education challenges cut across the entire nation. He noted that statistics reveal similar trends and sometimes even regressions in educational achievements throughout the country.

"In the past, the North was indisputably the leader in terms of out-of-school children. However, now we observe a similar trend in other regions due to neglect and failure to adopt contemporary innovations and ideas."

The forthcoming report to be presented on Tuesday is poised to usher in a new era not only for the Northern region but also for the advancement of education nationwide.



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