No fewer than thirteen thousand children have been enrolled in an Almajiri school located in the Keffi LGA of Nasarawa State.
According to reports, eight thousand out-of-school children have also been reorganised and admitted to conventional schools in the LGA.
Dr. Shehu Yamusa III, Emir of Keffi and who is also the initiator of the Almajiri school, revealed the development on Thursday when the Progressive Chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalists paid him a visit in Keffi.
The Emir stated that the Keffi Emirate Council had decided to embark on a head count of Almajiri children and out-of-school children in the area as a measure targeted at discouraging more parents from neglecting their children on the streets.
He said he had already set up a committee to tackle the issue and taken an inventory of all Islamic schools in the LGAs, as well as obtained the total number of Almajiris in Keffi aimed at getting actual figures of out-of-school children and Almajiris in the LGA.
The ruler affirmed that the Keffi LGA had pledged to provide school uniforms and materials for the reintegrated out-of-school children.
“The Emirate council has set up a committee to organise and ensure that the local government becomes free of street beggars and a permanent solution put in place to tackle the prevailing situation.
“A situation where children were being used for begging under the guise of Almajiri system was not just condemnable. It should be banned in the country,” the Emir stated.
The Chairman of the Chapel, Donatus Nadi, urged other traditional rulers in the state to emulate the Emir of Keffi and the monarch the assurance that the NUJ Chapel was ready to partner with the state in its efforts to translate the state.