- FG has tackled the northern state governments over the continuous repatriation of kid beggars known as almajiris
- During the PTF briefing on Covid-19 on Monday, the federal government declared that the repatriation violated the ban on inter-state movement amid coronavirus
- Earlier, Governor Nasir El-Rufai announced that 50 of the almajiris received from Kano accounted for the active Covid-19 cases in Kaduna
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The federal government has raised an eyebrow against the continuous repatriation of kid beggars popularly known as almajiris, saying it is a violation of guidelines issued by President Muhammadu Buhari on inter-state movement ban amidst coronavirus crisis.
Speaking during the presidential task force briefing on Covid-19 on Monday, May 4, Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), said the government will engage the states on the process for the repatriation of almajiris, Daily Trust reports.
Legit.ng recalls that since coronavirus took a graver turn in the north, many state governments have been sending the urchins back to their respective states.
On Saturday, May 2, Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna announced that 50 of the almajiri children received from Kano accounted for the active Covid-19 cases in the state.
But speaking during the PTF briefing, the SGF lamented the low level of compliance towards inter-state movement restriction.
“The PTF has also received reports on the level of compliance with the nationwide ban on inter-state movement. The objective of the ban is to slow down the spread of the virus across state boundaries," Mustapha said.
“There has been very noticeable relocation of Almajiris from one state to another, up until yesterday.
With the ban on interstate movement, the continuation of this exercise will not be in alignment with the guidelines issued."
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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the federal government has vowed to lock down parts of the country again should there be a spike in coronavirus cases.
This was revealed during the daily briefing of the PTF on COVID-19 on Monday, May 4.
Speaking at the briefing, the director-general of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, lamented that many banks flouted the NCDC’s guideline for social distancing, infection prevention and control.
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