The Kaduna State government says it has set up a committee to collate data on the Almajiri population in the state.
The state Commissioner for Human Services and Social Development, Hajiya Hafsat Baba, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna on Friday.
Baba said: “We have met with the alaramas to know the statistics of how many children we have in this Tsangaya Schools in Kaduna State to enable us to plan for their future.
“This is because we cannot afford to continue to see our children roaming the streets and be exposed to the dangers of the harsh weather.”
She reiterated the state government’s commitment to reversing the condition of the kids by establishing more schools for them.
According to her, some of the children roaming the streets are not from the state.
“So when we get the data, we will actually know who is from Kaduna state; which local governments are they from? And who are their teachers? We shall also know the location of Tsangaya School.
“We had agreed with the Alaramas that once we realize that the kids are not being taken care of properly, they will be sanctioned.
“The state government has a law, which says every child must go to school. We want to ensure that these children roaming the streets are taken to school because education is free from primary to secondary schools in the state.
“Government is working harmoniously with the Alaramas and the religious leaders so that we can see what we can do about such children,” she said.
The commissioner also said that the committee had been mandated to present a memo to the 19 northern governors to explain to them the essence of working together to resolve the Almajiri challenge in the North.
She also said that the committee would investigate and sanction parents who abandoned their kids to the mercy of the Alarammas, thereby neglecting their responsibilities as parents.
“The moral upbringing of every child lies with the parents first, but some of the parents don’t want to take up those responsibilities, blame it on government.
“While it is the responsibility of the government to provide security and other services to the people, they too should understand that they must also play their own part,” she said.