The Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufa’i has threatened to jail parents who enrol Children into the Almajirai itinerant schools’ system in the State.
The Governor disclosed this when he paid an unscheduled visit to the rehabilitation Centre for Almajirai Children Tuesday in the State.
He cautioned that every child in the State must be enrolled into formal education, adding that any Islamic Cleric operating such act, will be jailed for not less than two years.
The Governor explained that the measure was put in place to check the spread of Covid-19.
El-Rufa’i also said that for those who are in doubt, the ban on that system of education in Kaduna State will be enforced.
According to him, “they still have parents. What has happened is that their parents abandoned them to the care of these Mallams that move from place to place. This is what we want to end.
“These Children will all go back to their parents. They will be under the care of their parents. We are going to monitor that and we have resolved that we will punish the parents if they ever try to enrol them into any form of itinerant
system of education.
‘Any Almajirai teacher that takes any Child or enrol child into the so-called Almajirai schools will also go to prison or be fined the sum of #100, 000.00 (One Hundred Thousand Naira) or #200,000.00 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira) per a Child.
With the emergence of Covid-19, repatriation of Almajirai Children who roam and beg for food and alms to the Streets in their home States, is an added mix to their lives.
Describing ban on Almajirai in Kaduna State as a welcome development, an Islamic Cleric based in Kaduna State, Mallam Tajudeen Tijani said that the Children are not to be blamed, but those who gave birth to Almajirai are the ones who are exploiting them.
According to him, ” people have started using these Children for a different thing entirely. People are using them to trade. They will drop them in the morning in the Street and in the evening, they will come and carry them back and collect whatever money that they have made during the day from them”.
TheNewspad reports that the future of Almajirai Children at the rehabilitation Centre seem certain if the assurance from the State Government to care for them and enrol them into formal education, is fulfilled.
In the meantime, the State Government has extended the curfew imposed on the State to contain the spread of Covid-19, has been extended by two weeks.