The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami on Friday faulted the position taken by some Islamic scholars on their rejection of the ban on street begging in Kano, noting that it was not appropriate to challenge Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje on this.
He made this observation while answering questions from journalists immediately after he presented a paper at the Pre-Convocation Lecture organised by Kano State Polytechnic, that took place at School of Technology, Kano on Friday.
This was contained in a statement issued by Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Abba Anwar on Friday and sent to Solacebase.
He said, “What I am saying about this issue is, it is not appropriate for my brothers, Islamic scholars to come forth and be challenging the governor just like that. They should come and sit together to come up with solution on how to remedy the situation, on the way out.’’
According to the statement, Dr Pantami further argued that “Because there is no doubt that taking those children back to school is the right thing to do. And is beneficial to the Almajiris, their parents and the society at large. From the part of the government, as a leader he has the responsibility of seeing how to make his people live well.”
Calling on the scholars to understand that, if there is anything new or strange, then create a way of sitting to discuss it and see how to clear the problem. “It is just an advice,” he mentioned.
In the statement, indicating his interest to be part of any discussion group about the issue if it happens that a committee is raised to discuss it, I want to be part of any such discussion, in a group form, if it appears to be raised,” he urged.
He challenged, “We all have children. My children are with me. I feed them myself. You know the feeding of children is the responsibility of their parents. If there are orphans we know how our society is concerned and considerate to them and their condition of living. I was raised in my father’s home. I saw how orphans were also fed and being taken care of by our parents.”
Dr Pantami , in the release said, “First and foremost we all know that begging is not religious activity or obligation. It is just something of a necessity, for somebody to say he doesn’t have anything to feed himself. And as I know how concerned the governor is, he will not come up with a policy that will harm or destroy the life of beggars. I am sure there is a plan in place on how to assist such kind of people.”
While commending the policy of free and compulsory education, the Communications and Digital Economy Minister, said as somebody who studied the Holy Qur’an and acquired “worldly education” as he calls it, he knows that whatever is brought forth that can provide space for free and compulsory education, that thing is a welcome development.
Earlier in his paper presentation for the Pre-Convocation, Dr Pantami praised the Ganduje administration for being concerned about skills acquisition for the people in the state, he was particular about the just-completed Ultra Modern Skills Acquisition Centre, established by the Ganduje administration and named after the Chairman of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote.