The role of the family in the upbringing of a child has been described as fundamental in addressing the street children phenomenon in the country.
The Special Adviser on Higher Education to the Katsina State Governor, Bashir Usman stated this on a Radio Nigeria Network Programme, Street Children.
Usman who emphasised on scriptural doctrines that called on parent to take care of their children, explained that Islam, if strictly applied, has laid out rules on child development from cradle to adulthood.
“Child upbringing in Islam has provided for the selection of parents; the father should be able to select the best wife; in the same vein the woman should also select the best man. Islam has provided for the provision to be made in terms of feeding, shelter, clothing, medicals and education as well as basic ramification of the child development. So if there’s any religion that has provided for the development and welfare of the child is the religion of Islam and I’m sure this is also the same in Christianity.”
According to him, the responsibility of the child upbringing lies solidly on the father supported by the mother and the relatives if the need arises adding that the person that is not capable of taking care of his family should not get married.
He noted that poverty should not be an excuse for parents to send their children to the street or to Al-majiri system of education.
The special adviser added that the repatriation of the Almajiris in Katsina state was not in violation of their rights but part of the modalities put in place by northern governors to protect them, improve on the living standards of street children and sensitise the parents on their responsibility to take care of their children as well as government to ensure that the children were living in more organized manner.