Covid-19: el-Rufai Commend UNICEF, Others for Support over Returnee Almajiris …..reunites 213 with their families

By Uangbaoje Alex, Kaduna

Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, has commended the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), for her support in the documentation of the over 900 Almajiris so far returned to the state by some Governors in the North.

The Governor, who made the commendation on Monday when he visited the 213 Almajiris who were brought in from Nasarawa State after being quarantined for over 20 days and are about to be reunited with their families, also commended everyone who ensured the children got adequate care, especially the Commissioner for Human Services and Social Development and other state officials, AMA Foundation and other NGOs that also made contributions.

According to el-Rufai, UNICEF, helped the State in the documentation procedure of the children. He said the ultimate goal of his administration is to ensure that children attend school to get real education without depriving them of their Islamic education but under the care of their parent not under someone who doesn’t know them, who doesn’t get paid to look after them.

“What I have seen in this children in the last couple of days is transformation, from hopelessness to hope and confidence, because I have record of the pictures of this children when they were brought in.

“We will continue to take delivery of every child who is indigenous to Kaduna State, who is involved in the Almajiri system of education for rehabilitation, for treatment and for enrollment into proper schools. This is our goal and am very happy with what I have seen, all the children have been cleared of Covid-19 and they are all ready to be reunited with their families now.” The Governor said.

Chief of Field Office UNICEF Kaduna, Dr. Adam Zakari, thank the Governor for his administration’s good initiatives that ensures children have their rights protected by going to school, live with their parents rather than being forced to be beg in the streets.

“As UNICEF, we are here to support the government in all children related issues.

“I believe nobody has opposition to education for children, including religious education, what is important here is to ensure that everything is done with respect to the rights of children and not to jeopardize their future by sending them across streets.

“The reflection going on about Almajiri children is a good one and we need all stakeholders to put heads together; from government, the parents themselves, the community, the Media, religious leaders, traditional leaders, other International Institutions and Civil Society Organizations to ensure the success of this initiative.” Dr. Adam added.

On her part, Commissioner for Human Services and Social Development, Hajiya Hafsat Baba, said though over 900 Almajiris has been received back to the state, many more are still being awaited as some state are already calling that they have Almajiris belonging to Kaduna state with them.

She said, “we are still waiting, any child that is for Kaduna State, we are waiting for them to come.”


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