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Miriam Abbas: Lone female graduate from Kwarbaba


Kwarbaba a settlement in Wurno Local Government Area (LGA) of Sokoto State. Photo/ GaniNigeria

For Miriam Abbas, from Kwarbaba a settlement in Wurno Local Government Area (LGA) of Sokoto State, she remains till date the only University graduate from her town of over 5,000 human population.

The 21 year-old-lady, fresh graduate of Computer Science from Sokoto State University believes that but for her education, she would have by now been married like many of her contemporaries.

She spoke to The Guardian at the sideline of a programme at National Institute of Agricultural Mechanisation (NCAM), in Ilorin, Kwara State.


The event, Training on N-Agripreneur in Milling and Threshing Enterprises was bankrolled by International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in collaboration with NCAM.

According to her, Western Education has become a harbinger of hygienic ways of life, economic empowerment and socialisation, noting that any community resisting such knowledge for its people would grope for long in darkness and poverty.

She said; “I am the only degree holder from my town (Kwarbaba) in Sokoto State.

I graduated recently from University of Sokoto. I read Computer Science.

This was not achieved on a platter of gold but today I am very proud of the achievement.

“How I wish my people will be liberated from their world of ignorance and would value education so that forced marriages can stop and high rate of poverty can reduce among them.

If I have enough resources I will one day help them so that quality values can be added to their lives.’

Abbas, who said she could not but encourage her colleagues at the village to go to school, said the Boko-Haram’ scourged was a big setback for many of them.

Speaking on her reason for the NCAM training, she said she used it as a stop-gap for her National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) programs; just as she disclosed that the programme would assist her and her father in expanding their rice, onion and garlic farm.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of the event that drew 95 participants from states such as; Yobe, Sokoto, Borno, Katsina, Jigawa and Kebbi, the Executive Director of NCAM, Engr. Dr. Yomi Kasali disclosed that the institute has highly trained personnel who could impart special skills in any area of agricultural mechanisation and marketing.

Starter packs were later distributed to the participants to boost their morale on utilising the knowledge gained.


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