By Bashir Bello
KATSINA – Katsina State government has embarked on reopening of nomadic schools affected by activities of cattle rustlers in the state.
The affected schools includes Kyabbo Nomadic primary school in Jibia Local government and Hamada Nomadic Primary School in Sabuwa Local Government, Ginginyu Nomadic Primary school and Garin Liman Nomadic Primary school in Batsari Local government area and were all closed down for period of two terms or thereabouts due to high level of insecurity experienced in the areas.
Speaking while reopening one of the schools in Kyabbo village in Jibia Wednesday, Chairman, State Universal Basic Education Board, Alhaji Lawal Buhari Daura called on the nomads to fight ignorance saying ignorance is responsible for the killings.
He called on the nomads to allow their wards to go to school to acquire both western and Islamic education.
In his words: “we are not saying you should not send your children to farm, rear animals or send them to Islamic school but what we are saying is also send them to school.
“We thank Almighty Allah that peace has returned to the land and the Nation as a whole with the current set of leaders we have at the helm of affairs. The government are on their toes to tackle insecurity and ensure that day and night Nigerians are secured.
“With the leadership of Governor Aminu Bello Masari, we now experience relative peace in Katsina State. Before this area, Kyabbo village is a no go area with the activities of cattle rustling. You dare not go there before. But today, we entered here without any escort,” he said.
Daura urged the people to be peace loving people saying the government will not tolerate trouble makers who are bent on fermenting trouble and unrest in the state.
The Chairman also used the occasion to preach to the nomads to encourage girl child education in their communities to produce female doctors among others who will in turn play vital roles in the society and where necessary while also urging them to also enroll in adult education.
“You are not left out, you can engage in adult education and with that you can read because some Quran are written in English. Fight ignorance because ignorance is the root cause of the killings,” Daura stated.
Similarly, the Executive Secretary of SUBEB in Jibia, Dr. Salisu Mamman said he was forced to close down the school due to the high level of insecurity in the area and to avoid loss of lives of it students and properties.
He said the area became an unrest area and no go area because the school was turned into a hideout for the cattle rustlers, though no student was killed.
Dr. Mamman said five cattle rustlers including it teacher staff who was fronting the activities of the rustlers was also killed by soldiers who raided and liberated the area.
The Nomadic Education State Coordinator, Suleiman Umar said two of the nomad schools, Kyabbo Nomadic primary school in Jibia Local government and Hamada Nomadic Primary School in Sabuwa Local Government were destroyed and burnt down while Ginginyu Nomadic Primary school and Garin Liman Nomadic Primary school all in Batsari Local government area had it pupils prevented from going to school.
Umar said the nomadic schools are now renovated and reopened and academic activities has since commenced in the affected nomadic schools.
Earlier, the Headmaster of Kyabbo Nomadic primary school in Jibya Local government area, Abubakar Mohammed expressed happiness to the State government, management board for renovating and reopening the school as he said they sit back at home during the unrest.
The cattle rustlers it was gathered where unknown cattle rustlers who come from Birnin Gwari in Kaduna, Kano, some from Bauchi, Belgore and Niger as it is a link up area.