COVID-19 SCARE: Northern govs insist Almajiri system must be abolished

The Northern Governors' Forum expressed fears about the risk posed by the Almajiri system in this period of Pandid-19 pandemic.

The governors therefore vowed to evacuate the Almajiris to their parents or home state.


They also insisted on ensuring that the system was banned in the region.

Governors took the resolutions during a conference call meeting on Tuesday that 17 of them attended and were chaired by the chairman of the forum and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong.

According to a statement by Lalong's press and public affairs director Macham Makut, the details of the meeting were as follows:


“In the border control and blocking measures, the governors maintained their previous decision for each state to decide on the measure to be adopted, but reaffirmed the need to close borders to prevent the spread of the disease in the region.

“Governors also discussed the risk that Almajiri children are exposed due to the virus and have unanimously decided to ban the Almajiri system and evacuate children to their parents or states of origin.


"They vowed never to allow the system to persist because of the social challenges associated with it, including the perpetuation of poverty, illiteracy, insecurity and social disorder."

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The governors, according to the minutes, also involved the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Muhammed Sabo Nanono, in the COVID-19 incentives available to farmers in the country and how those in the region can benefit from palliative care.

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