Jakadiya Mubi

Background: Mubi Emirate comprises of 5 local Governments, including Mubi North, Mubi South, Madagali, Maiha and Michika.

Mubi town, the seat of the Emirate council, is an ancient city that had a reputation for being an international commercial and agricultural hub. Mubi is well known for trade with Cameroon, Chad and other neighbouring states. Major items traded include grains and cattle (international cattle market in Mubi South Local Government).

Goods such as soap, clothing and drinks are brought from Cameroon. Mubi also hosts an impressive currency exchange market and boasts of 4 tertiary institutions namely: Federal College of Agricullture, Federal Polytechnic, Adamawa State University and College of Health Technology.

The Population of Mubi town alone is over 200,000 and has rapidly increased after the liberation of the town in November 2014 from Boko Haram. Indigenes of Borno, Michika, Madagali, among others have been emigrating to Mubi which they consider as a safe haven.

Despite the commercial importance of Mubi, Mubi youths have poor school attendance record and high incidence of substance abuse. This situation was made worse by Boko Haram invasion of the town in 2014. Even though not many schools were destroyed in Mubi town, the Boko Haram invasion disrupted schooling and businesses as up to 80% of the population of Mubi evacuated to Yola, Cameroon and other towns. The result was closure of schools, disruption of farm activities and increased poverty rates due to lower household income.

Adamawa State Government, in collaboration with UNICEF embarked on a campaign to return at least 400,000 children to school in 2017.

As Jakadiya Mubi, my office has the mandate to oversee and assist the Youth Leaders and Women Leaders (Jakadiya Mata) of the 25 Districts in the 5 Local Governments to engage in community development activities and support the implementation of the activities of the Office of Jakadiya Mubi

Development Challenges:

As Jakadiya of Mubi (turbaned December 2017) I have followed closely the plight of children in Mubi rural areas. I visit once in a year to interact with Village Heads in some of the Local Governments. The key problems identified are: [a] poor enrolment into schools, poor teacher attendance and lack of writing and reading materials; [b] high rate of substance abuse among teenagers and [c] under-employment and restive teenage behavior leading many to join Boko Haram and criminal activities. I have interviewed teachers in the Public Schools who informed that many children can afford only 1 exercise book which they use for all subjects. Class attendance during rainy season is very poor as both teachers and children attend to farm activities. I have supplied exercise books, school bags, pencils and math sets but in limited quantities.

Our Objectives

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1

Assist school children attending the Government Basic Education Schools in rural areas of the 25 districts of the Emirate, by supplying exercise books to primary school pupils and JSS students attending public schools. Additionally, text books for Math and English could be supplied in some quantities to school libraries.
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Embark on a sustained sensitization campaign with Women (mothers), Teachers and Community leaders to encourage children to attend schools and Teachers to be motivated to do their work more diligently. Best Teachers in schools may be given performance awards as motivation. The objective is to reach a community consensus on prioritizing education in the rural areas and enhance the quality of education.
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3

Engage Community Leaders, Local Governments of Mubi Emirate, Education Committee of Adamawa State House of Assembly and the Adamawa State Government on prioritizing education funding and judicious application of earmarked funds. This would result in release of more resources to education and corruption free utilization of those resources.
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4

Embark on sensitization programmes on ills of substance abuse and the need to prioritize education in our communities. This could be achieved through youths rallies and more positive engagement of youth in social development and peace and conflict resolution.
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5

Work with Schools in the rural areas to develop peace and conflict resolution initiatives. Peace and integrity Clubs will be established in each school and the club members will be taught on peace and conflict resolution. The Peace Clubs will develop a range of activities.
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6

Encourage youths in the rural communities to appreciate farming. Youths will be encouraged to cultivate vegetable gardens and plant trees as a hobby.
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Encourage youths to develop sporting activities to positively engage them. The Jakadiya Mubi has supplied sporting kits and organized football competition in 2 local governments only, in response to requests by village Heads and Committee of Principals and HeadMasters.
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8

Develop pilot skills acquisition centers in some Wards, focused on carpentry, tailoring, food processing, hand crafts and computer skills with the aim of entrepreneurship development among our youths and women at the rural community level.
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Partner with different interests and organizations in realizing the above objectives.

Expected Outcome

1. At least 40% increase in school enrolment and significant higher motivation for learning.

2. Better teacher motivation and commitment leading to higher education quality.

3. Skills acquisition and entrepreneurship program would lead to youth self employment and increased family welfare as well as social development

4. Lower incidence of substance abuse among teenagers and improved rates of tertiary school attendance. This will in turn lead to higher family income and community welfare.

5. It is also expected that Boko Haram will find it difficult to recruit members from Mubi Emirate and this would lead to the weakening of Boko Haram and terrorist related activities.

6. More peaceful and harmonious communities which will enable growth in welfare.

7. Lower levels of youth restiveness and more economically productive youths. It is expected that with more positive engagement of youth in rural areas, migration to urban areas will reduce significantly.