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The Sokoto State Government has approved N155m for the Ministry of Religious Affairs to provide motorcycles to Ulamas in the state for the propagation of Islamic activities.
The Commissioner of Information, Alhaji Isah Galadanchi, stated this while briefing journalists after the State Executive Council meeting on Thursday.
Similarly, the council also approved the sum of over N196m for the construction and tarring of a five-kilometre bye pass-road from Achida-Tungar Malam-Lambar Kwali in the Wurno Local Government Area.
The commissioner added, “The council also deliberated on the recommendations of the committee set up by the state government for the upgrading of Shehu Shagari College of Education to a university of education; and approved the setting up of an implementation committee.”
According to the provisional figures of the 2006 National Population Census, Sokoto State has population of 3,696,99 people made up of principally of two major groups namely; Hausa and Fulani.
Ulama, also spelt ulema, refers to the educated class of Muslim legal scholars engaged in the several fields of Islamic studies. They are best known as the arbiters of sharia law. While the ulama are well versed in legal fiqh being Islamic lawyers, some of them also go on to specialize in other fields, such as hadith or tafseer. In a broader sense, the term ulama is used to describe the body of Muslim scholars who have completed several years of training and study of Islamic disciplines, such as a mufti, qadi, faqih, or muhaddith. Some Muslims include under this term the village mullahs and imams, who have attained only the lowest rungs on the ladder of Islamic scholarship; other Muslims would say that clerics must meet higher standards to be considered ulama.
In 2019, the Nigerian states of Sokoto and Taraba had the largest percentage of people living below the poverty line.
An individual is considered poor in Nigeria when has an availability of less than 137.4 thousand Nigerian Naira (roughly 361 U.S. dollars) per year. In total, 40.1 percent of population in Nigeria lived in poverty.