How to address Almajiri problem in the north -Governor Ganduje

- Governor Abdullahi Ganduje said more than three million children are

roaming the streets of Northern Nigeria

- The governor, however, said most of the children are not Nigerians

- According to Ganduje, most of these children, popularly called

'Almajiris' are from neighbouring countries

Kano state Governor Abdullahi Ganduje said there are more than 3

million Almajiri children who are out of school and roaming the

streets of Northern Nigeria.


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CAMPUSNAIJA.info gathered that the governor however said that most of

these homeless children are not Nigerians but they migrated from

neighbouring countries like Niger, Chad and Northern Cameroon.

According to Sahara Reporters, Governor Ganduje made this statement on

Thursday, April 6, during the Kaduna state Economic and Investment


Almajiris are children, often abandoned at Quranic schools by their

parents, but are normally seen roaming the northern streets begging

for food and money.

Ganduje reportedly said that a survey conducted has shown that most of

these children are foreigners.

He said: "What we discovered from our survey is that many of these

Almajiris come from the Niger Republic, some from Chad, Northern

Cameroon and some from other states of the north-west."

Ganduje further said that a tight border control that will prevent

children from migrating from neighbouring country will solve the issue

of Almajiri in the North.

He said: "So, if we can come together and have a common synergy to

introduce a common legislation, preventing the movement of school age

children from one place to another, I think the states will find it

very easy to address the problem of Almajiri syndrome.


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"It will be very important to have an integration commission which

looks into the development capacity of our institutions, because

whatever we want to do, if our institutions are not developed, then

whatever we do may not be actualized."

Meanwhile, CAMPUSNAIJA.info recalls that Ganduje statement is coming

just a day after the Emir of Kano blasted northern leaders and their

approach to governance in the region.

Muhammadu Sanusi II, Emir of Kano, in his key note address during the

opening ceremony of Kaduna state's investment programme titled

'Promoting Investment Amidst Economic Challenges' says northern

Nigeria will be the poorest if the country is broken into components.

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