Adamawa State Government has commenced repatriation of Almajiris back to their states of origin with the first tranche of 132 part of indigenes of Gombe State which is one third of their population from two local governments of Adamawa.
The decision taking by the government is sequel to the resolutions reached by the Northern State Governos’ Forum to end the menace of Almajiri syndrome and the need to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in the country among the vulnerable Almajiris.
Speaking to newsmen before the departure of Almajiris, at Capital School, Yola the Secretary to the State Government, SSG Malam Bashir Ahmad said the process is permanent to end the Almajiri system as it will no longer continue in the state even after the coronavirus pandemic.
Malam Ahmad explained that the state has also received some Almajiris who are indigenes of Adamawa from Gombe, Nasarawa and Kaduna States, reiterating that government is ready to receive all its indigenes and cater for them properly.
He added that government has engaged all the Almajiri teachers in the state and they promised absolute cooperation towards successful repartriotion and stressed that the repartriotion exercise of all Almajiris in Adamawa back to their states of origin will soon be completed.
Earlier, the the Secretary to the State Government has also briefed the some of the Almajiri teachers on why the repatriation is necessary and sought the their cooperation as according to him it is the best permanent solution for intended interest of the children and the country as a whole.
The Almajiris were conveyed in 11 Adamawa Sunshine buses in company of security and government officials.
The event was witnessed by the Commissioner of Education Mrs Mrs Wibina Jackson and District Head of Jimeta, Alhaji Muhammadun Inuwa Baba Paris among other top government functionaries.