World Bank Invests $120m To Tackle Almajiri Out-Of-School Children


The Sokoto State Commissioner for Religious Affairs, Sheikh Jabir Sani Maihulla has said that the World Bank is investing $120 million to tackle the Almajiri and out-of-school children problems in the northern region.

Maihulla stated this during a ministerial briefing held at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Sokoto State Secretariat along Zuru Road.

However, the commissioner noted that the Almajiri phenomenon has become beyond the state and federal governments and can only be addressed through collaboration efforts.

“That is why the World Bank is investing $120 million in northern Nigeria to address the Almajiri and other School Children problems.

“The lingering issue is not something that can be tackled even if all the resources of the state are invested, the system cannot change it.

“Even the federal government cannot do it alone it has to be a collaborative effort with other donor agencies including the international ones.

He pointed out that with this development the Almajiri and school children especially in the region will be for sale.

In Sokoto, there are three standard Almajiri Schools including the one in the Gagi area that belongs to the federal government while the two others belong to the state government under the aegis of the state ministry for religious affairs, located in Dange Shuni and Wamakko local government areas of the state.

The commissioner also emphasised that the Almajiri Schools in the state are the most consuming projects of the Ministry for Religious Affairs.

This is because the ministry took Almajiri from nowhere, we accommodated, fed them on a daily basis and taught them integrated education.

However, the State Governor has directed the state Ministry for Religious Affairs to collaborate with the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and find possible ways of establishing additional Almajiri Schools so that to accommodate the out-of-school children roaming our streets.

To actualise that already, a survey was conducted by the ministry where the statistics and where the children are coming from were ascertained and collated.

A survey was conducted between the Bafarawa flyover and to Aliyu Magatakarda flyover and it was discovered that the children were coming from six places, two out of the six places were discovered to be Qur’anic Schools.

The three places where the children are coming are from refugee camps and a woman was identified who is inviting the children from their village to come to Sokoto metropolis for begging and receiving a percentage daily from the children.

On this note, the ministry wrote and informed the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons (NAPTIP), about the woman and still waiting for their response and action.

He maintains that this is in addition of series meetings held with the then executive secretary national commission for Almajiri and school children about the Sokoto Almajiris.

Also, held a meeting with the ministry for the state on education Mr Sununu who later came to Sokoto and held a meeting with Almajiri stakeholders meeting and took data and statistics as such we waiting for the federal government to see what they can do.

New Telegraph

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