Abuja - The Universal Basic Education (UBEC) has identified about 11 000 child beggars that it will integrate into schools in the Adamawa State.
Halilu Hamman, the UBEC state chairman, said this is part of broader measures to rid the streets of children who are not going to school but beg for food mostly in northern parts of Nigeria.
“The government will provide basic necessities like feeding and other instructional materials to ensure the success of the exercise,” Hamman said.
The child beggars are commonly known as Almajiris.
He said two of the five Almajiri schools established by the federal government in the state have been completed while others are “75 percent complete.”
The move to integrate the child beggars would also provide gainful employment to teachers in the state.
Nationally, the federal government aims to take all Almajiris off the streets and enroll them in schools by September.
Nigeria had about 9.5 million less privileged children without the opportunity to go to school.
Meanwhile, Hamman was encouraged by strides made in the education sector in the state in recent years.
“Since assumption of office, the Adamawa State government has continued to give priority attention to the development of the education sector,” said Hamman.
– CAJ News