BY LEVI JOHNSON
Nasir El-Rufai, the Kaduna State government has vowed to send the 218 Almajiris repatriated to Kaduna to school on the account of the State.
Rufai who stated this on Monday via his Facebook page pledged that the Almajiri full human rights as children, dignity and hope would be restored.
According to the governor, plans have been put in place to ensure that the Almajiris combine both Islamic education and English education.
”The children will go to an Islamic school in the evening and at the weekend,” he said.
He said: ”Every child in Kaduna has equal opportunity and access to 12 years of free and compulsory education in the state’s public schools.
“I am pleased to see our Almajiri children the batch of 218 from Kano, Nassarawa, Plateau & Gombe States looking well and free of COVID 19.
“With the support of @UNICEF_Nigeria, AMA Foundation, other NGOs & philanthropists, they are being restored full human rights as children, dignity & hope! Every child in Kaduna has equal opportunity and access to 12 years of Free and Compulsory Education in our public schools.” He said.
“All the children are to be compulsorily enrolled in the primary school nearest to them so they have modern education and life skills in the morning, and continue their Quranic or Islamic education in the afternoon and over the weekend.
”That is how many of us got our education. That is what the Northern States’ Governors’ Forum decided. These children may be the future of Northern Nigeria.” He said.