ECOWAS parliamentarians visit Kano schools, Sen. Barau donates bus 

Members of the sixth legislature of the Parliament of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Wednesday, paid sensitisation visits to two schools in Kano state as part of activities lined up for the Second Extraordinary Session of the parliament, holding in Kano, North West Nigeria.

Deputy President of the Senate and Acting Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, Senator Barau I. Jibrin, led the delegation to Aliyu Saidu Bebeji Government Arabic Secondary School and Maryam Abacha American University of Nigeria (MAAUN).  

Parliamentarians from 12 countries, including Nigeria, Benin Republic, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote D’ Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Senegal, Sierra Leone and the Republic of Togo, are participating in the second extraordinary session of the parliament.

At the secondary school, Senator Barau stated the importance of ECOWAS in integrating the sub region.

He said they are in the school to bring the parliament closer to the people and for the students to tap from their wealth of experience.

“We are here today for the members of the ECOWAS Parliament to know about our educational system and to meet our students, as well as for you, the students, to learn more about the ECOWAS Parliament.  

“This school is like my school. I belong to this community. I was the first House of Representatives member of this federal constituency (Tarauni) in 1999.

“Therefore, I am donating uniforms to all the  students, one set for each student. I will send tailors to take your measurements for the new uniforms. I will also give a new Sharon vehicle for the school and N1 million to the teachers,” he said. 

Similarly, another member of the parliament, Paschal A. Agbodike, who represents Ihiala Federal Constituency of Anambra state at the House of Representatives, donated N1 million to the school. 

Earlier, the state commissioner of education, Umar Haruna Doguwa, thanked the parliamentarians for the visit, describing it as the first in history. 

Represented by the Director of Schools of the Ministry, Alhaji Abbas Abdullahi, the commissioner lauded Senator Barau for bringing the ECOWAS delegation to Kano, saying it would benefit the entire state. 

The school’s principal, Yusuf Saidu Atiku, said: “I am not surprised with what Senator Barau did to us because of his generosity. That is why he is called Maliya.

“We appreciate this kind gesture and support. We will never forget what you have done for us. We thank you and the entire ECOWAS Parliament.”

At MAAUN, the lawmakers interacted with the students on the significance of ECOWAS.