COVID-19: Nasarawa to return almajiris to respective states
From Suleiman Lawal, Lafia
Following the wide-spread of Corona virus worldwide, Nasarawa state government has mapped out strategies to return all almajiris in the state to their respective homes.
Furthermore, government also stated that for the indigenes of the state who swapped from their local governments of origin to others in the search of Qur’anic knowledge, they will equally be returned to their parents.
The State Commissioner of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Halima Jabiru who is also the Chairman Committee for the Return of Alamajiris to their States and Local Government Areas, drew the attention of members of the committee that the issue of Almajiri has become a great source of concern to the government of Abdullahi Sule in the state.
“Let me mention here that Sule has constituted a 13-man committee to advise government on way forward for the betterment of future generation,” she said.
Hajiya Jabiru said that first category of almajiri between the age of one-10 will be returned to their states, while those above 10 years government will provide shelter for them and thereafter, “If anyone is found begging in the streets will face the law of the land.
Some areas needed to be addressed by the committee include identifying all locations of almajiris, their numbers, states of origin and their Mallams or guardians in Nasarawa state liaison offices but at the state and local levels, arrangement for their safe return to their states of origin will be carried out, as well as identifying those from the state.
Reading the committee’s resolutions, Emir of Lafia and Chairman Traditional Council of Chiefs, Justice Muhammad SidiBage (rtd), said they will advise Governor Sule to liaise with his other colleagues (Governors) informing them of the intention of Nasarawa state to return these children back to their respective states.
They also stated that the almajiris and their Mallams should not return to the state for whatsoever reason after they shall have left.
Committee members drawn from the authorities concerned include commissioner of women affairs and social development as chairman, commissioner of justice and that of education and traditional rulers as members.
Others are Chairman of Lafia Local Government Council also ALGON, Chairman, Aminu Maifata and all security operatives in the state as members of the committee.