Arabic Day: Zulum opens ASALLIN national conference in Maiduguri, honoured as Knight 

The Borno state governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, Monday, declared open the 18th national conference of the Academic Society for Arabic Language and Literature in Nigeria (ASALLIN), which was organised to commemorate the International Arabic Day, slated for the 18th of December.

The event was held at the International Conference Hall of Musa Usman Secretariat, Maiduguri. 

Zulum emphasized the importance of preserving and promoting Arabic language and Islamic scholarship in Nigeria. 

He highlighted the rich cultural and historical significance of the Arabic language and its contributions to literature, science and religious texts. 

The governor noted that his administration intends to construct 27 High Islamic Colleges, one in each local government in order to promote Arabic education in Borno state. 

Zulum also launched ASALLIN’s annual journal titled “AL-LISAN JOURNAL OF THE ACADEMIC SOCIETY FOR ARABIC LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE IN NIGERIA where he announced the purchase of 50 copies at N5m. 

The conference with the theme: “Arabic Culture in West Africa & The Journey Over Centuries: Achievements And Prospects” aims to explore strategies for sustaining and enhancing the study of Arabic knowledge in Nigerian educational institutions. 

Professor Mashood Jimba, President of ASALLIN, expressed her gratitude to Governor Zulum and the organising committee for their efforts in hosting the conference.