Covid-19: Northern governors deporting almajiri children to cut expenses

Covid-19: Northern governors deporting almajiri children to cut expenses

- Northern governors are reportedly deporting almajiri children because of expenses

- They reportedly don't want to take responsibilities for an army of non-indigenes

- This is believed to be as a result of the meagre funds they receive from the FG to fight the pandemic

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Following the mass deportation of almajiri children from one northern state to the other, Guardian Newspaper reports that there are indications that the states embarked on this to cut down on expenses.

The newspaper reports that it appears that the states are deliberately cutting down on possible expenditure and it seems they are unwilling to shoulder the responsibility of catering for an army of non-indigenes.

According to Yerima Shetima, president of Arewa Youth Development Forum: “The governors probably don’t have enough to cater for the almajirai and everybody is in need. Everyone has suddenly become a beggar. We all need palliatives. All states are looking for shortcuts, to reduce costs. Naturally, the almajirai are left at the mercy of their states now. Everybody is pushing out, to reduce the numbers, so that, at least, if there are palliatives, they can go round.”

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Covid-19: Northern governors deporting almajiri children to cut expenses

Northern governors are reportedly deporting almajiri children because of expenses. Credit: Twitter
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“Fear of the unknown has made them (governors) realise it is dangerous to keep almajirai parading the streets. Now, they are compelled to do it. All is not well. This almajiri issue is the biggest problem we will have in future. We are going to have more Boko Haram in the future if measures are not taken on the almajiri system,” he added.

Recall that Legit.ng had reported that Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, Kano state governor, decried the treatment of almajiri children, saying the street urchins are being used for unnecessary publicity instead of them to be received with open arms.

Speaking at a media briefing on Sunday, May 10, Ganduje said the almajiri in Kano were returned back to their home states "in good faith" and in accordance to procedures of Northern Governors' Forum.

He, however, raised an eyebrow against "noises" being made by his northern colleagues, adding that Kano state does not make politics out the repatriation of the kid beggars as some neighbouring state governments do.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the president of the Nigerian Senate, Ahmad Lawan on Tuesday, May 12, calls for total enforcement on the ban on interstate travels.

According to him, the interstate ban should be taken as a very serious matter. He disclosed this during plenary.

This was disclosed by the Senate on its official Twitter handle.

"In his remarks, Senate President Ahmad Lawan said there is the need for the total enforcement on the ban on interstate travels as it is a serious matter.

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