Northern Governors ban almajiri over COVID-19

April 22, 2020
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Governors across northern states on Tuesday agreed to ban the almajiri system as part of efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19.

This formed part of the discussion at a meeting convened via teleconference by Governor of Plateau state, Simon Lalong, and chairman of the northern governors’ forum.

The meeting was attended by 17 governors .

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Director of Press and Public Affairs Makut to Plateau Governor, Simon Macham, disclosed details of the meeting in a press statement issued on Tuesday night.

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The statement reads, “On border control and lockdown measures, the Northern Governors retained their earlier decision for the States to individually decide on the measure to adopt, but reaffirmed the need for border closures to stop the inter-state spread of the disease, which is rising in the region.

“The Governors also discussed the risk that Almajiri children are exposed to because of the Coronavirus disease where they unanimously decided to totally ban the Almajiri system and evacuate the children to their parents or States of origin.

“They agreed to take a cue from Kano, Kaduna and Nasarawa States who have begun returning Almajiri children to families and States of origin, while those within their States who do not have parents are taken care of by the Government.

“They vowed never to allow the system to persist any longer because of the social challenges associated with it, including the perpetuation of poverty, illiteracy, insecurity and social disorder.”



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