NASFAT bemoans rising illiteracy rate among kids

NEWS DIGEST–The President, Nasrul-lahi-l-Fatih Society (NASFAT), Alhaji Kamil Bolarinwa, has said the high rate of unemployment and large number of out-of-school-children portend a great danger for the country.

Bolarinwa said this during a Ramadan lecture/Iftar organised by Chief Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), at his residence in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital on Sunday.

The NASFAT president called on Muslims leaders and other stakeholders to increase their support for Islamic education in Nigeria in order to reduce illiteracy rate.

Bolarinwa, who is also a former Director-General, Nigeria Broadcasting Commission, said such would help to prevent the calamity of high illiteracy ravaging the North and the high rate of employment currently in the South-West.

The former NBC DG implored Muslims to ensure that their children were educated, saying they should strive to leave a legacy of quality education.

He said, “We need to work to have world-class schools, as Muslims, we need to get our children back to school. I want to call on all our Muslims dignitaries to increase what they are doing to promote Islam.

“The rate of illiteracy in the northern part of the country, coupled with increasing rate of unemployment down the South-West is a source of worry. We are also having more children out of school and because of this, danger is looming and we must be ready to arrest it.

“That is why we are calling on all of you to put more efforts in what we are doing in Fountain University to practically do something.”

A don from the University of Ibadan, Prof Abdul-Hafeez Oladosu, cautioned the people on their aggressive pursuit of wealth, urging them not to sacrifice their hereafter.

He said the aggressive pursuit of material wealth was on the increase while advising Muslims to be moderate.