Atiku Bagudu, governor of Kebbi State has said that N900 million will be disbursed to Almajiri schools for the acquisition of western and Islamic education by the state’s children.
Bagudu made this known at the Almajiri Initiative event which was organized by Mass Literacy Programme and Almajiris Initiative (MALPAI) foundation in Birnin Kebbi on Sunday.
He said; “My administration will continue to provide assistance to all Almajiri schools in the state. ” Over N900 million will be disbursed through the Ministry of Basic Education in the state”.
The governor added that financial support would be given to the teachers and students in the schools as well as toilet facilities, teaching and learning materials to Almajiri schools to enable proper learning.
He emphasized the teaching of Almajiri students on mathematics and English in order for them to further their education to the point of university, in line with the nations education policy. He stated;
“The aim is to assist the less privileged, orphans and Almajiri to a better life, which is the best programme of human development”.
Bagudu encouraged parents and guardians to enrol their children and also wards into schools, assuring that government would support and encourage them to excel in all fields.
According to Hajiya Aisha Bagudu, wife of the governor, her NGO, which was celebrating its 10 years of establishment, would continue to provide support and assistance to the less- privileged in society. She expressed appreciation and gratitude for the support and encouragement from her husband to the success of the initiative.
The states Commissioner for Education, Alhaji Magawata Aliero, said the programme of Almajiri system introduced by the wife of the governor had been accepted widely in the state. He said;
“We have established six schools via her initiatives, three in Birnin Kebbi, one in Dakingari, Koko and Argungu.”
He stressed that each school would receive between N1 million and N3 million to aid in the improvement of their facilities and provide quality learning.
According to reports from the news agency of Nigeria (NAN), a paper was also presented by a professor of an internationally recognised university.
Muhammad Bunza of Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto expressed exasperation about the way and manner parents continued to send their children to Almajiri schools without proper care. He commended the state government for placing a priority on the Almajiri system in the state, encouraging cooperate organisations and individuals to ensure the reformation of Almajiri school system.