Speaking at the official commissioning of Models Girls secondary school, Kwandere, in Lafia local government, Governor Al-Makura bemoaned Almajiris (street beggars) and urged parents send their wards to school.
According to Al-Makura, the Almajiris were being denied right to education and made to wander about like loosed animals without control, Vanguard reports.
He said: “My administration is very much interested in the education of the youths. We don’t want a situation where children will be roaming about aimlessly like the Almajiris who are like loosed animals without control.”
The governor urged parents to send their children to school and not engage them in any practice that would keep them away from school.
The advised parents to take advantage of the establishment and proximity of the model school to give their children sound education.
A recent UN report shows that there are over 11 million out of school children in Nigeria – with over 70% from northern Nigeria, mainly Katsina and Kano.
This comes on the heels of report from the Executive Secretary National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult and Non-Formal Education, Alhaji Jibrin Paiko yesterday, January 18, that “9.5 million Almajiri children in traditional Quaranic Schools don’t have access to basic education.”