COVID-19: 218 returnees almajirai test negative, to be enrol in schools ― El-Rufai

Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State has revealed that the 218 returnees almajirai brought from Kano, Gombe, Plateau and Nasarawa states and were tested positive of COVID-19 are now negative.

The governor disclosed this on his twitter handle while commending the effort of UNICEF, AM Foundation, other NGOs and philanthropists for their support.

He said the returnees almajirai have being restored their rights as children, dignity and hope.

According to him, every child in Kaduna has an equal opportunity of free and compulsory education in public schools.

The governor said the next step is for the commissioner of Social Development, Hajiya Hafsat Baba and in collaboration with the chairmen of the local government to return them back to their parents.

El-Rufai also directed that the returnees almajirai should be enrolled in public schools close to their homes.

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The full statement read, “I am pleased to see our Almajiri children the batch of 218 from Kano, Nassarawa, Plateau & Gombe States looking well and free of COVID 19.

“With the support of @UNICEF_Nigeria, AMA Foundation, other NGOs & philanthropists, they are being restored full human rights as children, dignity & hope! Every child in Kaduna has equal opportunity and access to 12 years of Free and Compulsory Education in our public schools.

“The next step is for the Commissioner of Human Services & Social Development, Mrs Hafsat Baba and her team to return them to their parents in collaboration with Local Government Chairmen and Traditional Rulers.

“All the children are to be compulsorily enrolled in the primary school nearest to them so they have modern education and life skills in the morning, and continue their Quranic or Islamic education in the afternoon and over the weekend.

“That is how many of us got our education. That is what the Nothern States’ Governors’ Forum decided. These children may the future of Northern Nigeria. – Nasir @el-Rufai”

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