Street Begging: FG To Establish 100 Almajiri Special Schools Nationwide – Sambo

AlmajiriVice President Namadi Sambo has said that the Federal Government will establish 100 “Almajiri” special schools across the nation as part of its efforts to tackle street begging.

He stated this in Gusau, Zamfara, on Sunday at the end of the week long national Qur’an recitation competition.

According to Sambo, the schools when fully established, will promote both Islamic and western education to school-aged children who are now roaming the streets.

He stated that although the schools would be built across the country, a larger number would be established in the northern part of the country.

Sambo said the Federal Government has procured 96 million text books in core subjects of English, Mathematics, Sciences and Social studies to improve teaching and learning at the junior secondary school level.

He said the text books which would soon be distributed, were purchased through the Text Books Initiative of the Universal Basic Education Commission.

Sambo commended the organisers of the competition as a good initiative towards discovering hidden talents which would assist oneness, unity and brotherhood among the Muslim Umma and their relationship with others.

He noted that the initiative would also be a mechanism for the attainment of lasting peace.

The vice president commended the Zamfara State government and the Centre for Islamic Research of the Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto for organising the event.

Earlier in his welcome address, the state governor, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari, urged participants to use the event in praying for peace and well being of the nation.

At the end of the competition, 60 winners in six categories of the competition made up of males and females were given one car each, Hajj seats, lap tops and digital Qur’an. (NAN)


  1. It is laughable that the government that cannot adequately fund existing federal government secoundary schools across the countr,y plans to establish 100 speecial Almajiri schools. Why can’t they be absorbed into existing schools? The motive behind setting up the Amajiri schools is obscure and insincere. Why use federal resources to fund a particular religion by establishing Quaranic schools, in the name of so called Amajiri schools? Nigeria is supposed to be a circular state, not an islamic state. Moreover, the government should expend our szarce resources on viable and most relevant projeccts, not on pipe dreams. How would the establishment of the Amajiri schools eradicate street begging? Would it also transform the porverty ridden parents of some of the Almajiris from being poor, to being able to provide three square meals for them? Which is the real reason they are engaged in begging in the first place. It is not the case that the Almajiris are begging to pay their way through school. Then why make it an excuse for the planned establisment of Almajiri schools. Please spend the money to establish new Unity schools, and expand existing ones to admit of more pupils who are already willing and eager to be educated but many of who are deniedf the opportunity, through the admission policies put in place to limit the intake of students as a result of inadequate classrooms and other facilities in these schools.


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