Governor of Nasarawa State, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, has described as pathetic, the scourge of Almajiris (street beggars) in the state, who roam the streets begging for alms and meals daily, in spite of government’s efforts.
It is estimated that there are nine million children living as Almajiris in northern Nigeria, a frightening development that led former President Goodluck Jonathan to establish free schools to cater for these group, albeit, to little success.
Lamenting the prevalence of these group of kids in Nasarawa State, Gov. Al-Makura 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”.
He further lamented that the Almajiris were being denied right to education and made to wander about like sheep with no shepherd.
Al-Makura, who spoke at the official commissioning of Model Girls Secondary School, Kwandere, in Lafia local government area of the state, urged parents to send their wards to school and not engage them in any practice that would deny them access to education.
Governor Al-Makura stressed that education remained his priority since it was the bedrock of any developed society and called on parents in the host communities to take advantage of the establishment and proximity of the model school to give their children sound education.