The Federal Government on Tuesday said it had completed 51 of the 89 Almajiri schools across the country.
The Minister of State for Education, Barrister Nyesom Wike, who made this known during the 11th Quarterly Meeting of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) in Minna, said that the schools had been handed over to the benefiting state governments.
Represented at the occasion by the Acting Executive Secretary of UBEC, Professor Charles Onocha, the minister said that plans had been finalized for the inauguration of the schools by Vice-President Namadi Sambo.
He said the state governments would provide adequate running and maintenance of the schools and their subsequent expansion just as they would also be responsible for the recruitment of teachers and their training to meet the needs of the pupils.
“The state governments will ensure adequate provision of facilities to the schools, especially in the provision of stable water supply and electricity.
“They are to conduct the enrolment of Almajiris among the Tsangayas in the various communities as well as ensure sustainable feeding of the pupils,” the minister said.
On the Special Basic and Vocational Education Schools for out-of-school children in the South-East and South-South geopolitical zones, the minister assured that work would soon commence.