By Henry Okonkwo
The Katsina House of Assembly has initiated moves to convert all television viewing centres to Islamic schools in the state.
The bill is sponsored by the Jibia Constituency member, Mustapha Yusuf-Jibia.
At the plenary, the lawmaker explained that the call became necessary because Islamic schools were more important than the viewing centres.
He pointed out that Islamic education had suffered a setback especially in the rural areas, hence the need for prompt action to address the issues.
Yusuf-Jibia cited an encounter when he dialogued with some bandits that complained of a lack of Islamic schools for their children.
He said, “If my prayer scales through, it will also help in reducing the number of Almajiri children roaming the streets in the name of begging.
“Some of these viewing centres were abandoned and had become refuse dumps, criminal hideouts and a place where redundant youth hang around.”
According to him, government will recruit teachers to teach in the schools, hence providing employment for people in the state.
“Not only the government but also the wealthy individuals and philanthropists in the areas can employ them,” he added.
After deliberations by the lawmakers, Speaker of the state’s House of Assembly, Tasi’u Maigari, ordered its joint committees on Religious Affairs and Social Development to study the appropriateness of the conversion.
The Assembly also ordered the committees to assess the number of those centres and the non-functional Islamic schools across the state and report within three months.