Kano State governor, Dr. Umar Ganduje has banned the act of street begging across the state in an effort to end the lingering social menace.
The governor made this known during the launching of Basic Education Service Delivery and Distribution of Offer of Appointment to 7,500 volunteer teachers, held at Sani Abacha Stadium, Kofar Mata in the Metropolitan Area Council of the state.
He said the ban is carried out to consolidate the ongoing free education policy of the state which has made adequate arrangements for the Almajirs who normally beg on the streets to be integrated or enrolled in mainstream schools.
Dr. Ganduje said the free and compulsory basic and secondary education policy goes along with the integration of the Almajiri system into mainstream education where English and Arithmetic are compulsory.
“It would go a long in giving those kids other types of education, ….while they will continue acquiring their study of the Holy Qur’an, they would at the same time learn English and Arithmetic, that will give them an opportunity to continue with their studies to secondary schools and beyond,” the governor explained.
The Governor warned in strong terms that henceforth every Almajiri teacher and pupils under the Almajiri school arrangement must accept the new approach put in place by the state government.
“If you think you cannot accept that then you leave the state.”
“When the Almajiri beggars are caught, it does not end there, the parents or guardians would be taken to court for disrespecting our laws,” cautioned Ganduje.
The newly recruited teachers hold the National Certificate of Education (NCE) and are drawn from all the 44 local governments of the state.
“They will be posted to Islamiyyah and Almajiri schools so that our Almajiri schools would be fully integrated under our new policy of education,” Governor Ganduje said.
Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, commended the effort of the state government in the education sector, adding that what the state is doing under the new policy is exemplary. He was represented by a Director from the Ministry Mrs. Liman.
In his remarks the State Chairman of State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr. Danlami Hayyo revealed that apart from the construction of new classes and renovation of many others, they were able to produce 16, 327 3-Seater chairs for the schools.
The programme was attended by many development partners and other federal government agencies as well as the Emirs.