In 1999, the governor of Zamfara state Ahmed Sanni Yerima began the push for the implementation of Sharia law in the state.
The state began full implementation of Sharia law in January 2000. Since then, the fortunes of the state had kept dwindling.
Faced with the menace of cattle rustling and it’s consequnt security implications, the state is also battling an alarming rate of illiteracy and economic retardation.
In a recent report published in the Punch, it was revealed that the state ranks lowest in registration of pupils for common entrance examinations. It recorded a total number of 28 pupils who are seeking admission into Federal Secondary schools as compared to 24,465 from Lagos.
In a statement released by the spokesperson of the Ministry of Education, Priscillia Ihuoma , it was revealed that over 9000 fewer registered for the common entrance in 2018 when compared to 2017.
The statement read:
Ahead of the 2018 National Common Entrance Examination for admission of candidates into the 104 Federal Government colleges on Saturday, April 14, the minister has expressed worry over low registration for the examination so far.
According to him, the report of a meeting of major stakeholders in the education sector said candidates registered in 2018 stood at 71,294 as against 80,421 that wrote the examination in 2017.
The report further shows three states with the highest number of pupils registered so far are: Lagos with 24,465 candidates, the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, with 7,699 and Rivers State with 4,810 candidates respectively. On the other hand, three states with extreme low registration are: Zamfara with only 28 candidates, Kebbi, 50 and Taraba, 95 candidates respectively.
Recall that last year the governor blamed the alarming rate of meningitis in the state on the surge of fornication and adultry. His views were widely condemned across the nation as uninformed and myopic.
Is Sharia law a catalyst for development or a precipice for disaster and underdelopment? The evidence on the ground speaks for itself.