The Kaduna State Government has repatriated about 35,000 Almajiri children to 17 states and some neighbouring countries.

The state’s Commissioner for Human Services and Social Development, Hafsat Baba, who made this known in Kaduna, said the state also received over 1,000 Almajiri from other states.

She also explained that the measure is part of the state government’s efforts towards ensuring that all children receive both Quranic and western education under the care of their parents.

The Commissioner explained that, with the support of the UNICEF, the Ministry is documenting, counselling, and providing basic healthcare to the Almajiri evacuated from other states. She also noted this is crucial because apart from coronavirus, some of the Almajiri had skin diseases and other ailments that need to be treated before reuniting them with their families.

It would be recalled that Governor Nasir El-Rufa’i, had recently cautioned that parents who enroll their children into the Almajiri education system stand the risk of prosecution and up to two years jail.

He also said all the pupils repatriated from other states of the country would be given all the opportunity they deserved to grow and develop.