President Goodluck Jonathan has directed that an estimated nine million Almajiris in Northern Nigeria be given the requisite education and skills in order for them to contribute meaningfully to national development.
Minister of State for Education, Chief Nyesom Wike, made the directive public during a meeting with the Emir of Bauchi, Dr. Rilwanu Adamu, in Bauchi on Thursday.
He said: “The President has directed that this pledge he made must be fulfilled in order to ensure that the estimated nine million almajiris have access to functional education in order to make contributions to national development”.
Wike reiterated that the government is committed to getting back to school the over 9 million children walking the streets without access to functional education.
The minister expressed gratitude to the Bauchi Emirate for ensuring the release of land for the project.
He said, “This is the time to fulfill promises made by the President and we are under strict instruction to deliver. The President considers education critical to national development, hence the commitment to educate our people”.
Responding, the Emir of Bauchi, Dr Rilwanu Adamu, praised Jonathan’s commitment to the education of less privileged Nigerians, irrespective of their ethnicity and religion.
The emir said the integration of Western and Islamic education for almajiris was a step in the right direction.
The minister later inspected Almajiri schools Saide, Darazo local councils of Bauchi State.
He commended the progress of work and urged the contractors to deliver the projects by June.