- Islamic teachers have been warned by Governor Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa, to stop sending their students to beg on the streets
- The governor decried the rate at which children continued to loiter the streets of major towns begging, saying that such would no longer be tolerated
- He also assured the citizens of the state that his government would continue to improve their lives
Governor Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa state has tasked Islamic teachers (malams) to stop sending their students to the streets to beg.
He said that the increasing rate of child beggars in the state was becoming worrisome, NAN reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the governor expressed this concern in Lafia on Monday, September 3, while addressing the newly employed 2,140 graduates and NCE holders as teachers. He decried the rate at which children continued to loiter the streets of major towns begging, saying that such would no longer be tolerated.
The governor, however, said that in the interim, the state government would not sanction any child found begging. He said that the government would do everything possible to take them off the road.
He said that the government would soon put into use the “Almajiri’’ school that the federal government built in the state.
“In addition to the Almajiri school, our government will also discuss with Islamic teachers (Malams) to see reasons with us and stop sending their students to the streets to beg.
“Even if it means the state government giving the Islamic teachers in the state little allowances every month to keep their students off the streets,” he said.
Al-Makura explained that government would take it upon itself to train those discovered to be interested in different skills. He also assured the citizens of the state that his government would continue to improve their lives through the implementation of positive policies until his last day in office.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, said that street begging by children has no basis in Islam and challenged those engaging in the act to find other means of earning a living.
Abubakar, who is also the president-general of Jema’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), stated this while presiding over the pre-Ramadan meeting of JNI’s central committee which took place at the JNI headquarters, Kaduna.
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