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House of Reps Calls On FG To Include Almajiris In School-Feeding Programme

The House of Representatives has called on Vice President Yemi Osibanjo to conduct headcounts of Almajiri and enrol them into the Homegrown School Feeding Programme which was part of the resolutions reached on a motion moved by Mansur Manu and three others on Thursday.

The motion which was titled, “Need to Eradicate Child Destitution and Remove Beggars from Nigerian Street through Provision of Standardized Education System and Improved Livelihood”, was debated by the Reps and passed.


House of Representatives. Photo: Guardian Nigeria
House of Representatives. Photo: Guardian Nigeria

“A large number of children captured in the destitution net most of whom roam the streets begging for alms or hawking at traffic spots come at a huge cost to the nation in terms of loss of critical human capital and erosion of family values.

“Aware that the various religious and cultural value systems frown at begging ans abandoning children without proper care, yet parents release their children to pass through such horrific conditions out of poverty and sheer abdication of responsibility,” Manu stated.

 

The House of Reps, therefore, called on the Office of the Vice President to conduct a census of Almajiri schools and headcount of the destitute children with the view to enrolling them in the ongoing National Home-grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP).

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