Let­ter to the Ed­i­tor

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For long, the Katsina South Sen­a­to­rial Zone es­pe­cially, Fun­tua town, eas­ily the largest lo­cal coun­cil in the en­tire zone from which lo­cal gov­ern­ments coun­cils namely Faskari, Sabuwa, Dan­dume, Danja and Bakori were cre­ated re­mains the most ne­glected in terms of pres­ence of ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions com­pared to the other zones. Although there are a lot of Uni­ver­si­ties and De­gree award­ing In­sti­tu­tions in Katsina state, none of them is sit­u­ated in Fun­tua town or Fun­tua Sen­a­to­rial zone at large. All of these im­por­tant in­sti­tu­tions are ei­ther lo­cated in Katsina cen­tral or Daura zone.

For in­stance, all the in­sti­tu­tions of higher learn­ing both fed­eral and state-owned are all lo­cated in Daura and Katsina Cen­tral Sen­a­to­rial Zones. These in­clude Umar Musa ‘Yar’adua Univer­sity ( Katsina cen­tral ), Fed­eral Col­lege of Ed­u­ca­tion (Katsina cen­tral), Has­san Us­man Polytech­nic (Katsina cen­tral), Al-Qalam Univer­sity (pri­vate Katsina cen­tral ), School of Nurs­ing (Katsina cen­tral), Na­tional Open Univer­sity (Katsina cen­tral ), Fed­eral Univer­sity Dutsinma (Katsina cen­tral ), Isa Kaita Col­lege of Ed­u­ca­tion (Katsina cen­tral ), School of Health Kankia (Daura zone), Yusuf Bala school of Le­gal and Is­lamic Stud­ies (Daura zone), School of Health Daura (Daura zone) and the In­sti­tute of com­puter Tech­nol­ogy (Katsina cen­tral ).

This is in ad­di­tion to health cen­tres like the Fed­eral Med­i­cal Cen­tre (Katsina cen­tral), and the State Or­tho­pe­dic Hos­pi­tal (Katsina Cen­tral) amongst sev­eral other de­vel­op­men­tal projects.

With this lop­sid­ed­ness which lacks eq­uity, fair play and jus­tice, peo­ple of the zone are at a great dis­ad­van­tage in terms of em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, ad­mis­sions for stu­dents and con­tracts for busi­ness­men amongst sundry op­por­tu­ni­ties as­so­ci­ated with such es­tab­lish­ments. Lit­tle won­der then, that Fun­tua Zone the most pop­u­lated zone in the state has a lot of un­em­ployed youths and out of school youths who bereft of op­por­tu­ni­ties re­sort to po­lit­i­cal thug­gery and in­creas­ing crim­i­nal­i­ties.

It is im­por­tant to note that un­like in Katsina state, fed­eral projects are evenly dis­trib­uted in other states of the fed­er­a­tion so as to con­fer sense of be­long­ing to com­po­nent parts of each state. For ex­am­ple most ter­tiary health in­sti­tu­tions such as Fed­eral med­i­cal Cen­ters are lo­cated out­side the state cap­i­tals since most fed­eral and state med­i­cal col­leges have their teach­ing hos­pi­tals sit­u­ated in the state cap­i­tals.

It is a well-known fact that State gov­ern­ments statu­to­rily hold ti­tle to land and as such any­time fed­eral gov­ern­ment con­ceive of projects to be sited out­side the fed­eral cap­i­tal ter­ri­tory, state gov­er­nors are usu­ally con­sulted and they de­cide where such projects are sited.

It is in this re­gard that I am pas­sion­ately call­ing on the Gov­er­nor of Katsina state, Right Hon. Aminu Bello Masari to con­sider Fun­tua Sen­a­to­rial Zone for the lo­ca­tion of the Fed­eral Univer­sity of Avi­a­tion and the fed­eral polytech­nic as be­ing pro­posed by the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment. Our el­der states­men, tra­di­tional rulers and elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives should also lend their voices to this im­por­tant clam­our.

It would be re­called that dur­ing his maiden visit to the Nige­rian Col­lege of Avi­a­tion Tech­nol­ogy Zaria, the then newly appointed Min­is­ter of Avi­a­tion, Hadi Sirika dis­closed that the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment was de­sirous of es­tab­lish­ing a spe­cial­ized Avi­a­tion Var­sity in the coun­try.

The zone be­ing gate­way to the North West geo-po­lit­i­cal zone has suit­able to­pog­ra­phy and ex­pan­sive land for the take­off of such in­sti­tu­tions. Its prox­im­ity to the premier col­lege of avi­a­tion tech­nol­ogy in Zaria, Air Force In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy in Kaduna and the two in­ter­na­tional air­ports in Kano and Sokoto re­spec­tively would be an added ad­van­tage. Haruna Has­san, Bayero Univer­sity Kano

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