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FG seeks end to Almajiri system of education

Almajiri, a once noble act, has become synonymous with street-child-beggars.

The federal government says it may ban the Almajiri system of education to reduce insecurity and to enforce compulsory formal education.

FG will work with state governments to enforce a policy on education for every child, the National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno, told State House correspondents at the end of the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting in Abuja on Thursday.

Monguno said many of the Almajiris end up becoming “criminals, drug addicts and willing tools in the hands of those who have very dangerous intentions”.

“And therefore, it is very important to proscribe certain groups ultimately running around under the guise of maybe getting some kind of education that is not really formal and then begin to cause a lot of problems for society.”

Don’t be surprised if out of every 100 almajirai, you have two neurologists, four architects, two lawyers. If you don’t start thinking short and long term, to overcome this problem, as I told you earlier on, to overcome this problem, you require collective efforts”, he said

He said: “I also briefed council on the drivers of insecurity which are unemployment, under-employment, poverty, drugs abuse, rising population.

“I also made suggestions regarding the way forward which include, employment creation and reduction of poverty, and being the culture of impunity and looking at stabilizing certain areas of the country by giving rise to affordable education.

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