BY INALEGWU SHAIBU
ABUJA-The federal government has announced plans to establish 100 schools annually for Almajiris in the country for the next four years, beginning this year.
Vice President Namadi Sambo made the disclosure yesterday when he declared open a meeting of the National Executive Council of Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, at the National Mosque, Abuja.
Sambo stated that government had concretized plans to build schools that will address the almajiri menace as well as give the children western education, adding that this is “a deliberate programme to take off from the streets the 9.6 million army of almajiris roaming our streets.”
He also said “government will not rest on its oars in ensuring that it delivered on its promises of a transformed Nigeria, noting that President Goodluck Jonathan had aptly cautioned that “this is no time for lamentation but a time for transformation.”
He re-emphasized that the administration will deliver on infrastructure, education, health and other necessary facilities which were promised during campaigns.
Sambo, who urged the Supreme Islamic Council to regulate the activities of zealots causing disaffection in the society.