June 16, 2009

Kaduna tackles Almajirai

By Emeka Mamah

Kaduna — The Kaduna State Government says it is set to tackle headlong the social menace of street begging by Koranic pupils popularly called Almajirai, with the establishment of a boarding primary school for them.

Speaking in Kaduna, yesterday, at a meeting of the central council of the Jama’atul Nasril Islam (JNI), Governor Mohammed Namadi Sambo said that a pilot school for the project will commence academic work in September and will combine Islamic studies with western education curriculum to get results.

According to Sambo, “our efforts at advancing the course of Western Education as well as the Islamic itinerant education, received a boost by our acquisition of a boarding primary school for all students as a model which we hope will take-off in September this year in Sabon-Gari local government area of Kaduna state.

“This has the twin advantage of addressing our social menace of the Almajiri system which has reached a worrisome perspective in our society leading to all sorts of social vices as begging, hawking and child labour.