Nasarawa state Govenment to return 30,000 almajiri to their states
The Nasarawa State Government is committed to enforcing the executive order banning street begging and hawking across the state.
The state Commissioner for Women Affairs, Hajiya Halima Jabiru, who spoke to the press after the monthly state executive council meeting, said “with the signing into law the executive order banning street begging by Governor Abdullahi Sule, the state government is making arrangement to return nearly 30, 000 almajiri, who are under the age of ten, from the state and to reconnect them with their states of origin.”
Hajiya Jabiru further disclosed that presently, there are 63, 356 almajiri in the state, out of which 40, 000 are indigenes of Nasarawa State.
“You will agree with me that since the assumption of Engineer Abdullahi Sule as the Governor of Nasarawa State, he has shown some concern and worry about the way and manner our children are left on the streets, under aged children for that matter being abused and neglected on the street,” she said.
Hajiya Jabiru said those who are ten year-old and above, would be allowed to remain in the state but under strict supervision, stressing that government will make sure such almajiri obtain both formal and informal education.
Hajiya Jabiru added that the ministries of women affairs, justice and education, will take up the mater towards ensuring that the 40, 000 indigenous almajiri that will be enrolled in Tsangaya schools, also obtain western education.
The commissioner however threatened that any breach in the law will be dealt with decisively by government, with the hope that soon, children will be taken off the street in Nasarawa State.