Governor Nasiru El-Rufai of Kaduna State has banned Almajiri schools in the state, advising them to relocate to other states.
Governor El-Rufai, who spoke today, March 9, during the inauguration of the Kaduna State Child Protection and Welfare Committee in Kaduna, said: “we are working on the Almajiri system and many people do not agree with what we are doing, but we are very confident and sure of the rightness of our actions.
”So, my message to all those that have Almajiris in Kaduna state, you have a choice to relocate otherwise sooner or later we will get you.”
According to him, the government developed and approved the social protection policy so as to have clear legislation that would be targeted directly to support only the most vulnerable and poorest in the state.
“We want the poorest people to benefit. Politicians often get involved with their ‘slot mentality’, and when we give them those slots they don’t give them to the poorest.
“So we must find a way to identify who is poor and who is vulnerable and target these kinds of assistance to this kind of households.”
The governor said that the state social investment office has been working across the 24 local government areas to have a comprehensive social register of the poorest and most vulnerable in the society.
He said that the social register has so far more than one million households, and assured that every government intervention would be channeled to those on the social register.
He thanked all those contributing to the protection and welfare of children in Kaduna state.
This was even as the state Commissioner for Human Services and Social Development, Hafsat Baba, said that the committee has legal backing and would be set up at the state and local government levels.
Hafsat Baba said that the 20 members of the committee inaugurated were from various sectors and agencies, identified and trained by UNICEF.
The commissioner said that her Ministry has data of over 10,817 Almajiris, who will be enrolled into formal schools.
“Planning has reached advance stage between the ministry and Ministry of Education and SUBEB to enroll the ten thousand eight hundred and seventeen Almajiri children in schools.”
She said that the government had constructed a women’s centre in Kaduna, which will be a centre of excellence for child protection and victims of gender-based violence.
She said that a philanthropist, Musa Bello of Aman Foundation, has pledged to support the government with N300 million for the improvement of the 10 model Tsangaya schools in the state.
Hafsat Baba said that the state government would also provide a similar amount to ensure “child protection and best example of a seamless integration of Quranic education, literacy and numeracy and skills development.”