After some Muslims in the state opposed the payment of a portion of the admission fees into a microfinance bank run by a church, the Adamawa State College of Nursing and Midwifery has halted the admissions it began on Tuesday.
The institution had instructed candidates to open an account with the Brethren Microfinance Bank in Yola, the state capital, where the school is also based, and deposit the sum of N500 professional fee intended for the state Nursing and Midwifery Council.
The admission form costs N5,715 for all applicants. The admission form payment needed to be made at other banks.
However, some Muslims objected to the school administration’s choice to utilize a bank owned by a church to collect the Nursing and Midwifery Council fee. They were led in this by Shehu Ismail.
The company asserted that the contribution would strengthen the bank’s finances.
On top of that, they claimed that the school’s choice to employ the bank suggested “a gradual Christianisation of the state structures.”
The following is taken from a widely circulated report by the group: “Our findings indicated that the Brethren Microfinance Bank Ltd. was incorporated in Yola, the state capital, with registration number 1423616, and has its office address at No. 1, EYN headquarters, Kwarshi, Adamawa State. It was registered on July 7, 2017, and it doesn’t currently have a known status.
[quotation] “As the church’s establishment, through the bank, EYN will give the church some financial strength and grant the youth scholarships, capital, and the likes.
“This is unacceptable as the EYN will not accept any bank established by an Islamic organisation or the Mosque to be patronised by public institutions in a plural religious state like Adamawa.
“We are hereby calling on those who can reach out to the Adamawa state governor to let him address our misgivings. We suspect as gradual Christianisation of the state structures.”[/quotation]