By Abubakar Ahmed
Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno on Friday laid the groundwork for the construction of a higher Islamic college in Kwaya-Kusar local government area.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Governor’s Senior Special Assistant for Media, Baba-Sheik Haruna and released in Abuja on Saturday.
He said the college would consist of three blocks with 16 classrooms each as well as staff accommodation.
During the event, Zulum said the construction fulfills an earlier promise he made to area residents in 2021.
He said that when completed, the institution would combine both Islamic and Western education by admitting students with extensive Quranic knowledge from traditional schools in Islamiya.
“These students would obtain national diplomas upon graduation, which would qualify them for admission to universities and other graduate schools for graduate programs,” he said.
Earlier in his speech, Education Commissioner Mr Lawan Wakilbe said the college would have a total of 48 classrooms with a capacity of 2,000 students.
He added that there would be an administrative block, two two-bedroom apartment units as initial staff accommodation and six sanitary facilities.
The Governor’s visit to Kwaya-Kusar was an extension of his official tour to the South Borno Senatorial District headquarters in Biu, where he inaugurated various projects carried out by his administration.
Some of the projects inaugurated were a mega secondary school for 1,500 students in Buratai with approval for the employment of 20 additional teachers from the host community.
The governor also inaugurated a 60-class community school for higher Islamic studies, which was built and donated by the state government in Biu city.
Zulum also inaugurated a zone office for monitoring government services, projects and programs.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Zulum had also distributed grants of 100 million naira to 1,000 unemployed youths.
He had also laid the foundation for a 2 billion naira vocational training center with several workshops also in Biu among others. (NOPE)