The outspoken Emir of Kano, Mallam Muhammad Sanusi II, has hit at established tradition of laying more emphasis on erection of mosques in the North, demanding that northern governors should convert Muslim worship centres to primary school.
The Emir said the mosques should not be designated as just prayer centres, but should also serve as schools, adding that it will be highly rewarding if the mosques are converted to learning institutions as obtained in other regions.
This is not the first time the Emir of Kano, would be attacking some established traditions in the North.
He had only just recently, called on wealthy individuals in the North to use the wealth Allah blessed them with, not only in building mosques but to also educate girls and discourage their early marriage.
His call on conversion of worship centres to primary schools was made during the graduation ceremony of 2500 Post Graduate Diploma and NCE teachers, on day 3 of Kano Basic Education week.
He said, “If you look at our educational needs viz a viz the infrastructure deficit, it became imperative to convert existing mosque to primary school, and aside cost reduction on this era of recession, it would accelerates education development in the region.
“It is not all the time we pray and these utilities remain idle for the better part of the day, it will be highly rewarding if we convert them to learning institutions as obtained in other clime”.
Sanusi II, who decried the disadvantage position of the North on western education, urged the elite in the region to unite and concertedly tackle the problem.
He said that in Morocco just like any other country in the Arab world, they make efficient utilization of Muslim worship centres to spread knowledge.
“When you convert these mosques to institution of learning in your domain, you have simply bring education to the door steps of citizens at less cost,” the former Central Bank Governor said, adding that products of such institution would turn out to be “responsible citizens” and would also boost enrolment.