The Nigerian Islamic human rights organisation, the Muslim Rights Worry (MURIC), has appealed to the Lagos State govt (LASG) to revisit the schooling sector, as a way to correcting the obvious lop-sidedness within the appointment of tutor-generals and faculty principals.
MURIC additionally raised the problem of many certified Muslim lecturers on grade stage 17 who’re nonetheless marking time once they will have to had been appointed principals.
The Director of MURIC, Professor Ishaq Akintola, made the attraction in a observation to DAILY POST on Tuesday.
“Lagos State has been divided into six schooling districts because the days of Leader Bola Tinubu. Every schooling district has a tutor total/everlasting secretary saddled with the accountability of overseeing the actions of the universities and their staff. Tinubu, a Muslim, ensured equity by way of sharing the six posts 50:50 between Muslims and Christians.
“Akinwunmi Ambode made it 4:2 in favour of Christians. The difficult sport hired was once to nominate some Muslims who’ve lengthy transformed to Christianity however who retained their Muslim names. It could then seem as though Muslims have been appointed but they have been cleverly shortchanged.
“Underneath Governor Babajide Sanwoolu as of late there’s no unmarried Muslim tutor-general. There may be an asymmetric distribution of heads of division within the six districts. There are 5 departments in every district with a head of division (HOD) directing its affairs. So there are thirty (30) HODs in all. Those HODs are a part of the control workforce. Sadly there are handiest 5 (5) Muslim HODs out of the thirty (30).
“There are 600 and 68 (668) principals in Lagos State public colleges. Of this quantity, 5 hundred and sixty-five (565) are Christians whilst just one hundred and 3 (103) are Muslims.
“This means that Christian principals are 84.6% whilst Muslim principals are 15. 4%. Like on the subject of tutor-generals, some principals who’ve lengthy transformed to Christianity however who retained their Muslim names have been made principals whilst the actual Muslims are left to rot within the gadget.
“What’s the implication of this imbalance? At the beginning, tutor-generals affect the appointment of faculty principals however any one can wager what’s going to occur in a state of affairs the place all of the tutor-generals are Christians.
“Once more, using hijab in public colleges is in large part made up our minds by way of the disposition of faculty principals. For the reason that ratio is 84:15, it turns into transparent why the vast majority of the varsity principals disallow using hijab of their colleges regardless of a subsisting courtroom judgement in favour of its use.
“MURIC requires the appointment of extra Muslims as faculty principals. We lay emphasis at the appointment of actual Muslims and now not Muslims who’ve transformed however retained their Muslim names.
“This will have to now not be tricky if the government seek the advice of leaders of the Muslim Lecturers Affiliation (MUTAN). We consider that our name is well timed and it’s extra so in particular when the state govt has not too long ago invited programs into the placement of TG/PS and it’s poised to recruit extra lecturers.
“The query of non-avalability of certified Muslims does now not get up as a result of Lagos is replete with masses of smartly certified and competent Muslims who’re craving for the chance to show off their potentials. As well as, many Muslim lecturers who’re on grade stage 17 seem to have been put on redundancy as they aren’t appointed as principals or vice principals. Their record can simply be acquired from the management of MUTAN or that of the Lagos State Muslim Neighborhood.
“There may be lop-sidedness in favour of Christians within the way faculty assemblies are performed. Most faculties give Christians 4 days (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) whilst Muslims have Friday on my own. Some permit Muslims to make use of Thursday and Friday. For equity, we recommend that Christians will have to be given two days (Monday and Tuesday), Muslims will have to even have two days (Thursday and Friday) whilst Wednesday will have to be left for Yoruba meeting.
“Our attraction to the Lagos State govt is to make the schooling sector a fashion of excellence in step with the standing of Lagos because the centre of excellence. Lagos has all the time been in the vanguard of liberal insurance policies, advanced staff’ welfare, modernisation and different kinds of human growth.
“This isn’t praise-singing. The information are there for all to applaud Lagos. Except for Enugu in 1980, Lagos was once probably the most first states to ascertain a state college (1984), the primary to extend maternity go away to 6 months, the primary to construct an atlantic town (Eko Atlantic), the primary to introduce native council construction spaces (LCDA) and plenty of extra pacesetting tasks. Lagos leads, others practice.
“MURIC is understood to have lodged positive proceedings in opposition to some states in Nigeria regarding their remedy of Muslims. It is going to due to this fact be any other ‘first’ and any other feather in Lagos’ cap if the state’s schooling government cope with the problems raised above sooner than others achieve this.
“We recall that the Lagos Muslim Neighborhood underneath the in a position management of Professor T.G.O. Gbadamosi and the Leader Imam of Lagos, His Eminence, Engr Sulaimon Oluwatoyin Abou Noula, raised a few of these problems within the presence of the incumbent governor all the way through the 2019 electoral campaigns. We in truth consider that it’s top time they have been addressed,” he mentioned.