By Oladapo Okeowo
The Kano state government needs to invest more in its education sector if it aims to develop at a rate equal to or better than its peers.
This is because a knowledge-based economy is central to development.
This advice was offered by the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, on Sunday during his address at the opening of a two-day conference in Kano.counselled the state government to focus more attention on the education sector, stressing that a knowledge-based economy is
The emir said “education holds the key to our development. We must continue to give priority attention to the sector because it is the bedrock of any development.”
The provision of education must also encompass the girl-child. The emir emphasised the need to educate the girl-child as much as the boy-child as this is one way to fast-track social change and accelerate development.
“Fixing power and agriculture are critical components of any initiative, aimed at bringing development to Kano state.
“We must be ready to change our way of thinking; if we must be able to face the challenges and ensure economic growth and development of the state,” he added.
The state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, who was also at the event, said: “As our dear state turns 50, we have arrived at the moment in history when we are left, with no option but to channel our thought and action towards attaining the desired growth and development.
“To avail the youth the opportunity to grasp our historical development and refresh the minds of the older generation among us, papers presented at this conference are expected to analyse the history, socio-political and economic trends as defined by the administrative modalities in the past 50 years.”
He expressed hope that this would allow Kano state “key into developmental trends, including the various scientific options available to meet the current challenges.”