Mansur Malumfashi, a Professor of Education of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi, has expressed concern that spate of kidnapping and insecurity are discouraging parents in the north from taking their children to school.
Malumfashi who made the remark in an interview in his office in Bauchi Friday warned that the development was capable of retarding education in the region.
He said that “It is alarming because here we are today in a situation where the school system is disrupted in the sense that parents are not willing to take their children to some schools because they are not safe.”
The don added that “People will prefer to have their children stay at home than to go to school and be kidnapped. The north is far behind in terms of western education. We are trying to catch up and now look at this situation retarding progress in that area.”
The scholar, who is Sarkin Malaman Galadiman Katsina, argued that foreign direct investment where people can come and invest in the educational sector will be impossible if there is no security.
“There is an organic relationship between education and insecurity and business. We must have that level of sadly and self-confidence for people to come and do business and for education to take place,” he opined.
Malumfashi stated that learning cannot take place in an atmosphere of chaos and insecurity saying that, “There must be a conducive atmosphere for learning to place and under insecurity that conducive atmosphere is impossible.”
He then called for synergy between state governors and the security personnel, the civil society organization for the desired results saying, “You cannot expect one governor in a geopolitical zone saying I am going for negotiation and the other one is saying I am not going for negotiation, the other one will say I will pay ransom and the other one will say I will not pay ransom.
“Don’t forget the governor of Kaduna State and the governor of Katsina state are all working for Nigeria. So why can’t they sit down and come up with a unified approach.
“Military expeditions are usually accomplished with diplomatic undertones. If the diplomatic undertones will achieve results, let’s try it but if the diplomatic undertones cannot achieve results then we must go on the military operation and certainly it has to be concerted.
“Concerted in the sense that the air force in the air, the army on the ground and the intelligence and so on put together must be seen to be working together to achieve one objective otherwise we will be chasing them from Katsina they will move to Zamfara, you chase them from Zamfara they will move to Katsina and we will just be going in circles. That is why we are not achieving the desired result.”
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