The Kaduna State Government has evacuated 35,000 Almajiri children to 17 states and some neighbouring countries.
Hajiya Hafsat Baba, Commissioner for Human Services and Social Development in the State made this known in an interview in Kaduna, saying that the state equally received more than 1,000 Almajiri from other states.
Hajiya Baba explained that the measure was part of the state government’s efforts towards ensuring that all children received both Quranic and western education under the care of their parents.
She said that with the support of UNICEF, the ministry was documenting, counselling, and providing basic healthcare to Almajiri evacuated from other states.
This is crucial because apart from COVID-19, some of the Almajiri’s had skin diseases and other ailments that need to be treated before reuniting them to their families.
She added that the ministry would equally continue engaging traditional leaders and relevant stakeholders in communities for them to understand that the children need to be taken care of by their parents.