The North East Development Commission (NEDC) through the Jakadiya Trust Foundation has equipped no fewer than 35 secondary schools in Mubi emirate with assorted books in its drive to ensure the revival of education in the area.
Making the submission during a youth sensitization on drugs and education organized by the Jakadiya Trust Foundation, in collaboration with NEDC, Managing Director of NEDC, Mohammed Alkali, commended Professor Ladi Hamalai and Jakadiya Trust Foundation for organizing such a futuristic project to salvage the lot of the youth.
The M.D who was represented by Fatima Ciroma noted that the youths in Mubi emirate like all the youths across the North east region have been adversely affected by the insurgency in which schools, businesses and sources of livelihoods were destroyed and schooling disrupted adding that the development has made the emirate a breeding ground for crime and substance abuse.
“We need to enlighten our youths and provide them with opportunities to make a better life for themselves. I would like to encourage the Mubi emirate and the Adamawa State government to prioritize youth empowerment for a better society,” Alkali said.
The M.D noted that it is disheartening to observe that youth, who are the backbone of the society are relegated to the background in decision making processes and leadership programs at the local government, state and national levels noting that such trend must be reversed.
“Isolating young people intentionally or unintentionally, especially in rural areas when they are jobless can contribute to the already mentioned menaces of drug abuse, illegal and criminal activities, depression, rural/urban migration and so on,” he said.
The M.D who stated that for the youths to contribute positively to the development of the society, “conducting entrepreneurship training and capacity building in areas such as leadership, advocacy, gender awareness, communication and life skills.
“Provision of English language and computer skills courses in line with work requirements and modern life. Community awareness regarding importance of education and knowledge. Sensitizing parents to support their children to complete their studies and follow up” should be pursued vigorously.
” The NEDC itself recently inaugurated the Board of Trustees of the Education Endowment Fund (EEF) which has as its major mandate, Human Capacity Development. The fund shall provide scholarships as well as provide opportunities to youths on various skills acquisition programs amongst others.
“Currently, the NEDC’s ICT resource center at the Federal College of Education in Yola has over 400 youths undergoing ICT training which will last for 3 months. This is the second phase of training which shows the NEDC’s commitment to youth empowerment,” Alkali stated.
In her remark, founder of the Jakadiya Trust Foundation who doubles as the Jakadiya Mubi, professor Ladi Hamalai said the program was a response to demands for a better society.
She noted that when she was given the Jakadiya title, she promised the emir of Mubi that she will institute robust programmes to empower the youths and prevent them from indulgence in anti-social behaviours.
She thanked the NEDC and UBEC for the wonderful support they are according Jakadiya Trust Foundation which will go a long way in addressing some of the critical challenges faced by the society.
She urged all the principals of secondary schools in the area to ensure that the books are kept in the libraries for the benefit of the students adding that a monitoring committee will later do a follow-up to ensure the books are put to good use.
In her remark, Jiddere Musa Kaibo, Adamawa State chairperson of high-level women advocates said, education is a right for all and commended the Jakadiya Trust Foundation for the indefatigable role its playing to revive education and restore the future of the youths.
She noted that efforts must be made to address low enrolment rate of youths in schools and frequent drop-outs noting that poor infrastructure, poverty lack of initiatives among others, constitute a major stumbling block towards attainment of education.
She called on parents, the community, religious and traditional leaders to ensure the enrollment of children especially the girl child adding that although education does not yield quick profits, its overall benefits are overwhelming.
In his remark, representative of principals of the area and principal of GDSS Lamorde, Mubi, Joseph Musa, thanked Jakadiya Trust Foundation for the gesture noting that it will go a long way in enhancing educational development.
He noted that the gesture was not the first to be done by Professor Ladi Hamalai as he noted that she has carried out such gestures in the past adding that in 2019 she donated 2 trophies one for JSS and the other for SSS adding that she also donated Jersies to selected schools which made the inter-schools competition colourful adding that at the end of the competition, deserving schools were awarded with trophies.
” In addition to the above, she also donated educational materials to some selected schools both primary and secondary schools,” he said.
Also in his speech, governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri thanked Hamalai for the gesture adding that the move is in line with government drive to restore the education sector which was bastardised by past administrations in the state.
The governor who was represented by Madawakin Mubi, Alhaji Mahmud Madawaki noted that the administration has paid WAEC and NECO fees in addition to introducing free and compulsory basic education just as it embarks on a massive recruitment of teachers and provision of infrastructure throughout the state.
He urged the principals to ensure that the materials are put to good use for the benefit of educational development.
Also speaking, the emir of Mubi, Alhaji Abubakar Isa Ahmadu commended the NEDC, UBEC and the Jakadiya Trust Foundation for their timely intervention urging other well to do individuals to emulate the gesture.