Sul­tanate coun­cil to es­tab­lish fe­male var­sity

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The Sul­tan of Sokoto, Al­haji Sa’ad Abubakar, said on Satur­day that ar­range­ments have been con­cluded by the Sul­tanate Coun­cil to es­tab­lish a fe­male univer­sity in the state.

Abubakar said this at the launch of three books au­thored by Dr Sa’adiya Bello, the Di­rec­tor of the Cen­tre for Hausa Stud­ies, Us­manu Dan­fodiyo Univer­sity, Sokoto.

The books fo­cused on the works of women schol­ars of the caliphate. The Sul­tan said the univer­sity would train young Is­lamic women in the area of medicine and other fields of study.

This, he added, would take care of the health care needs of women in the state and the coun­try at large.

He also pledged that the coun­cil will con­tinue to ini­ti­ate pro­grammes aimed at sup­port­ing women to achieve their ob­jec­tives.

Abubakar said the books on Nana As­mau would go a long way in en­cour­ag­ing women to ac­tively par­tic­i­pate in women ed­u­ca­tion.

“Ed­u­cat­ing a woman is just like ed­u­cat­ing the na­tion. Very soon, a blue print of the pro­posed univer­sity would be made pub­lic,’’ he said.

The Sul­tan also pledged the de­ter­mi­na­tion of the coun­cil to en­cour­age young girls to ac­quire western and re­li­gious ed­u­ca­tion.

Speak­ing ear­lier, Gov. Aliyu Wa­makko of Sokoto State com­mended the au­thor for the suc­cess­ful launch of the books, adding that they would go a long way in pro­mot­ing good gov­er­nance.

Wa­makko, who was rep­re­sented by the Com­mis­sioner for Re­li­gious Af­fairs, Al­haji Tukur Al­kali, said govern­ment would con­tinue to en­cour­age girl-child ed­u­ca­tion in the state.

Also speak­ing, wife of the vice pres­i­dent, Ha­jiya Amina Sambo, called on north­ern state gov­er­nors, lo­cal govern­ment chair­men as well as in­di­vid­u­als to pur­chase the books for use in pub­lic schools.

She com­mended the au­thor for con­tribut­ing to the de­vel­op­ment of ed­u­ca­tion in the coun­try and called for the full par­tic­i­pa­tion of women in na­tion build­ing.

Over N20 mil­lion was re­alised at the event, with the Sokoto State govern­ment pur­chas­ing some copies of the books for N5 mil­lion. (NAN)

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