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KANO STATE HISBAH BOARD DEPOT 60,000 STREET PEOPLES KNOWN AS ALMAJIRAI

By Abubakar Haruna Muhammad -The Nigerian Voice, Kano
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Over 60, 000 street pupils known as almajirai have been repatriated back to their respective states of origin by the Kano state Hisbah Board.

No fewer than 3, 000 almajirai of Katsina state origin were sent back home by the Kano state Hisbah board The commandant general of the board urged the Katsina state government to establish a similar body that would cater for the needs of the street pupils

The commandant general of Kano state Hisbah board, Aminu Daurawa has urged the Katsina state government to establish a board that would manage street pupils in the state.

Daurawa stated this when he paid a courtesy visit to the Kano state governor, Aminu Masari.

He noted that the board had repatriated over 60,000 almajirai to their respective states of origin adding that over 3,000 almajirai of Katsina state origin have been back home.

Daurawa said the Kano state hisbah board had recorded enormous successes since its establishment and listed its mass wedding programme as some of the successes achieved.

A source from katsina state reports that there seem to be an increase in the number of almajirai roaming the streets of Katsina municipal and other major cities in the state begging for alms.

According to a head count, Kano state has a total of 462, 212 almajirai while their tutors numbered 22, 572 across the 34 council areas of the state.

Former president Goodluck Jonathan had commissioned Almajiri Integrated Model Schools AIMS in some selected states in northern Nigeria to move the huge number of school-age children roaming the streets into education.

It that one of the Almajiri schools established by the former in Katsina state had been turned into a cattle ranch where recovered stolen cows are kept.