Conference of Islamic and Legal Studies Visit NBTE, Seeks National Diploma for Programme

A delegation of the Conference of Islamic and Legal Studies led by the Provost of Aminu Kano College of Islamic and Legal Studies Kano, Professor Balarabe Jakada visited the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) recently to seek the Board’s guidance on how to mount the National Diploma (ND) programme in Islamic Legal Studies.

While responding to an address from the leader of the delegation, the acting Executive Secretary of NBTE, Engr. ADK Muhammad said there were institutions with similar functions that are recognized by NBTE and revealed that the Board has carried out its regulatory functions with credibility hence it was proper for the delegation to come to NBTE for guidance on what they desire to do.

Engr Muhammad explained that it is possible to develop curriculum for Islamic and Legal Studies within record time, stressing that though  none of such curriculum existed in the NBTE, apart from that of Paralegal Studies under Vocational Technical and Skills Development Department (VT&SD ).

He noted that acceptability and applicability of the courses in the outside society needed to be considered because many actors including professional regulatory bodies are usually involved. He advised the body to harmonize the views and inputs of other stakeholders such as Council for Legal Studies, Nigeria Bar Association and any other relevant recognized body to have a holistic and acceptable position for the benefit of all concerned citing the case of Islamic Banking which no issues have arisen from any interest group since it was developed and is being thought in institutions.

Earlier, the leader of delegation, Prof. Balarabe Jakada stated that they were at NBTE to seek the support of the Board to approve the Diplomas offered by the various Islamic and Legal Institutions across the country through  due accreditation so that they can  have the status and recognition as National Diploma.

Prof. Jakada explained that holders of Diploma in Islamic Law from the Islamic and Legal Studies Institutions are usually absorbed into the Sharia Courts and progress in the Khadi System.

He said the Conference is bid to convoke later in the month and members will be expecting progress report from their interface with NBTE.

In her contribution, the Director Monotechnic Programmes,Mrs Helen Oduntan observed that most of the Islamic and Legal Studies Institutions so far visited were not running Legal Studies Programme, only Management Science programmes as there was no curriculum on Islamic and Legal Studies.

On his part, Dr. Musa Koko, a Deputy Director in the VT&SD department explained that part of the efforts to address the issue is the introduction of an executive cadre in the public service where interests of those with different diploma qualifications will be accommodated both in the Khadi System and general judicial system. According to Dr. Koko, three curricula will be developed for ND, Paralegal; ND, Legal Studies; and ND, Islamic Legal Studies.