Speaker of the Bauchi State House of Assembly Rt. Hon Abubakar Y Suleiman has tasked elites and politicians to payback to their respective communities by supporting education in all ramifications.
He made the statement during the closing ceremony of Quiz & Debate Competition and Scholarship Disbursement organized by Burra Students Association (BUSA) and sponsored by a London-based medical consultant Dr. Magaji Sani Abubakar (Magajin Garin Burra) which took place at GSS Burra Assembly Hall on Sunday.
The Speaker who was represented by his Spokesperson Abdul Ahmad Burra stated that education is the backbone for the development of every individual and every community hence the need for all elites and politicians in the State to invest heavily in the education sector as a payback to the communities in which they were born or nursed.
“This the reason I initiated many educational support programmes when I was civil servant and after I joined politics in which every year, I pay off the registration of UTME and disburse bursaries to students from my Emirate.
“I started my secondary education here in GSS Burra, thus as a payback to people of Burra, I have been supporting the education of many people here since 2010.
“My greatest priority as a politician is education. In fact my future political ambition is based on my desire to support education and bring job opportunities for my people from the federal level. I want to assure the people of Burra and the entire Ningi Emirate that I will continue to offer helping hands in education, job creation and development of our various communities.” He said.
Speaker Abubakar Y Suleiman commended Dr. Magaji Sani Abubakar for his foresight and patriotism by supporting the education of his community though he is far away in UK, saying there can’t be better payback than this and all his ilks should emulate him.
The Speaker who also commended BUSA for their commitment and sacrifice to their community, donated two hundred thousand naira for the continuation of the ongoing construction of the Association’s Multipurpose Secretariat which comprised a town hall, ICT Centre, classes and offices.
In his remarks, the Chairman of Occasion who is also the Dean Faculty of Life Science and Director Centre for Biotechnology Studies, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Professor Muhammad Nasiru Shuaibu, commended the patriotic spirit of the Students’ Association and Dr. Magaji Sani Abubakar which he said will go along way in boosting education and accelerating development in Burra District and the State in general.
The Chairman who was represented by Dr. Umar Yahaya, stressed the need for all parents and community leaders to join hands together to ensure all males and females of the area are educated as their is no legacy to bequeath the younger generation than education.
In his speech, the President of the Association Auwal Garba Burra explained that they organized the competition to boost the morale and expose the talents of students of secondary schools in the seven wards of the District.
According to him, the Programme which was fully sponsored by Dr. Magaji Sani Abubakar, an indigene of the area and UK-based medical consultant in order to boost education in his community, comprised quiz and debate competition among all the secondary schools in Burra District, and scholarship disbursement.
The President stated that Dr. Magaji Sani provided all the prizes for the winners of the competition which include silver medals, English, Mathematics and science and textbooks and other gifts while the scholarship scheme which the sponsor pledged to maintain throughout his lifetime, will support the registration of 6 brilliant students, 3 male and 3 female into higher institutions every year.
Auwal Garba expressed the appreciation of the community and all students of the area to the sponsor and all that contributed toward the success of the programme.
At the end of the Debate Competition, Government Girls Day Secondary School Burra won first position while in Quiz Competition JIBWIS Science Secondary School Burra won the first position.