- Governor Nasir El-Rufai has warned parents in Kaduna state against enrolling their children into Almajiri system
- The governor said on Monday, May 25, that any parent caught would be jailed
- El-Rufai also promised the people that the state would continue in its efforts to offer a better future for the children
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Kaduna state governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has sent a warning message to parents who enroll their children into the Almajiri system.
TheCable reports that the governor said that any parent who ignores his message may end in jail.
Legit.ng gathered that he gave the warning on Monday, May 25, when he visited some Almajiri children repatriated from Nasarawa state, and undergoing rehabilitation and optical screening at Government College, Kurmin Mashi, Kaduna.
The governor said any Islamic cleric who enrolls any child into the Almajiri system would also be prosecuted and jailed as well as fined N100,000 or N200,000 per child.
El-Rufai also promised the people that the state would continue in its efforts to offer a better future for the children.
He said the Ministry of Human Services and Social Development (MHSSD), as well as the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) would closely monitor the progress of the children and ensure that none of them leaves their locality until the completion of primary and junior secondary school.
According to the governor, every child must get 12-year free and compulsory primary and secondary school education.
“Those that cannot proceed to senior secondary school will have the opportunity to go to vocational school, also free. As such, no parent has any excuse for his child not to go to school,” he added.
He thanked MHSSD, other state agencies, UNICEF, AMA foundation, non-governmental organisations and civil societies for their support.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) backed the repatriation of Almajiri to their respective states of origin.
It was reported that the ACF described the move as a welcome development as it added that the menace of streets begging by Almajiri is retrogressive.
This was disclosed by ACF national publicity secretary, Emmanuel Yawe. The ACF, however, faulted the approach adopted by the governors, describing their approach has clumsy and uncoordinated.
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