Kwara state government has approved wearing of Hijab across public schools in the state.
This definitive decision took on Thursday was as a result of hijab crisis recently eropted and become a topic of discussion within and outside the state.
The Secretary to the State Government, Professor Mamma Sabah Jibril said in a release that the decisions were taken after ‘consultation’ with the stakeholders.
The statement read in part: “Sequel to recent developments in our state over the status of the hijaab in public/grant-aided schools, the state government has consulted widely with thought leaders and leaders of both Muslim and Christian communities with a view to clarifying issues and reaching a consensus.
“The last of such meetings was held on Wednesday February 24 and it was presided over by His Excellency, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq.
“At least 10 schools of interest were earlier shut down to maintain peace and public order as well as prevent mischief makers from taking undue advantage of the development.
“Consequently, the government hereby acknowledges and approves the right of the Muslim schoolgirl to wear the hijab, and directs the Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development to come up with a uniform hijab for all public/ grant-aided schools, which will be the accepted mode of head covering in schools. Any willing schoolgirl with the approved (uniform) hijab shall have the right to wear same in public/grant-aided schools.
The government hereby directs that the affected 10 schools should reopen to commence classes on Monday 8th March 2021’ he submitted.
“Similarly, the government has carefully noted submissions regarding ownership of grant-aided schools and related issues. While the status of these schools is the subject of judicial determination, this and other related matters will soon be subjected to a technical committee to advise accordingly.
The government reassures all members of the public that it will act in good conscience at all times.
The government asserts that there is no victor or vanquished on the hijaab question. It urges the two faith communities, especially the leaders, opinion moulders and media personalities to act with restraint and great responsibility in their public utterances and actions, and continue to live in peace and harmony with one another.
The government commends all the thought and religious leaders on both sides for their forbearance, understanding and commitment to peace.”