Nasarawa returns 788 almajiri pupils to own states
From Suleiman Lawal, Lafia
As part of efforts to address COVID-19 pandemic, Nasarawa State Government has returned 788 Almajiri pupils to their hometowns to curb further spread of the diseases.
Addressing a gathering during the flag off of the exercise, Governor Abdullahi Sule stated that the decision of retuning the Almajiri was in line with agreement reached by Northern Governors’ Forum.
“The exercise was to enable parents of the children take proper care of them,” he said, adding that the returning of Almajirai to their respective homes would be in phases, with the first phase to states currently not considered high risks of the pandemic.
Sule lamented that previously, Almajiri pupils constituted themselves into street begging which made them vulnerable of contacting diseases at the process of collecting alms from persons whose status is positive.
On her part, the state Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, who doubles as chairman of Almajiri Program, Halima Jabiru, disclosed that the Almajirai would be retuned to Plateau, Kaduna, Gombe, Taraba and Jigawa States.
“Consultation was on going to work out modalities for the next exercise in no distance time,” she said.
In his remark, the state chairman of ALGON, who is also the chairman of Lafia Local Government Area, Aminu Mua’zu Maifata commended Governor Sule for his foresight.