20,000 Almajirai In Katsina Say “No More Street Begging”
No fewer than 20,000 pupils of Quranic schools popularly known as
'Almajirai' in Katsina State have renounced street begging following the
introduction of free school feeding and vocational programme by the state
The Senior Special Assistant to Gov. Ibrahim Shema on Almajirai affairs,
Malam Lawal Mani Gambarawa, disclosed this on Wednesday in Katsina when he
led members of the feeding committee on a courtesy visit to the Governor.
Gambarawa told the governor that they were in his office to inform him on
the success recorded by the scheme in the past seven months.
According to him, the 20,000 pupils are from the 100 Quranic schools
selected for the pilot scheme across the 34 local government areas of the
Gambarawa explained that 38 schools were selected from Katsina Senatorial
Zone, while Funtua and Daura senatorial zones had 30 and 33 schools
He said that the programme was aimed at improving the living condition of
the pupils, curtail street begging, and train the affected youths on
vocational skills to make them self-reliant.
Gambarawa urged the government to expand the number of benefiting schools
to 130 to enable other schools enjoy the gesture.
Responding, Shema said that the state government was spending N32 million
on feeding the pupils every month.
He said that government had introduced mobile ambulance service to carter
for the health care needs of the 'Almajiris' in schools across the state.
Shema urged public spirited individuals to assist the 'Almajiris' to
improve their living condition.(NAN)