Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai, on Monday, received 218 Almajiri children from Kano, Nassarawa, Plateau and Gombe States back to the State.
A post on social media also disclosed that the Almajiri children were returned to the state with the support of UNICEF, Nigeria, AMA Foundation, other NGOs and philanthropists.
He said the children were being restored to their full human rights as children, dignity and hope.
“Every child in Kaduna has equal opportunity and access to 12 years of Free and Compulsory Education in our public schools,” he said.
el-Rufai added that the State Commissioner of Human Services and Social Development, Mrs Hafsat Baba, and her team would return the children to their parents in collaboration with Local Government Chairmen and Traditional Rulers.
He said all the children were to be compulsorily enrolled in the primary school nearest to them “so they have modern education and life skills in the morning, and continue their Quranic or Islamic education in the afternoon and over the weekend.”
“That is how many of us got our education. That is what the Nothern States Governors’ Forum decided. These children may be the future of Northern Nigeria,” el-Rufai said.