Mallam Nasir El-Rufai
Mallam Nasir El-Rufai

El-Rufai, Other Governors To End Street Begging In The North 

Funsho Akinwale

Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, on Wednesday, joined other northern governors to check street begging, popularly known as Almajiri, in the region.

El-Rufai has reiterated his commitment to working with his colleagues on practical steps to address the menace.

The governor, who spoke through one of his commissioners, Hajiya Hafsat, noted that he has the political will to eradicate the scourge but it requires the cooperation of other states to prevent inter-state movement of the kids.

Hafsat lamented that parents encourage their children to hit the streets to beg for alms under the guise of the Almajiri model of education.

She added that a law banning street begging and hawking in Kaduna State would be implemented as a measure to check the scourge.

“Whether we like it or not, this is our issue and we must find a way of addressing it,” she said, giving an instance of the type of treatment meted to such children.

“It is unfortunate that we recorded over 600 cases of child violation with a good number of them being male children in 2019 alone.

“The governor now has a committee in place to see to the implementation of laws banning begging and street hawking in Kaduna State.

“We should know that government is not in charge of the moral upbringing of any child. It is the responsibility of the parents to bring up their children to become important persons in life,” she said.

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