By Emeka Mamah
Kaduna â€” 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 Jamaâ€™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, â€œour 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.
â€œThis 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.