ALMAJIRAI? NOT ON MY STREETS!

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state may have found himself involved in a number of controversies since he became governor in 2015. A bribery scandal, the stand-off with Emir Sanusi which led to the creation of 4 additional emirates in the state quickly come to mind. One thing that can’t be taken away from him though is his commitment to improving the lot of his people. Improved infrastructure and social welfare helped him retain his position as “Best Performing APC Governor” in 2019 (APC’s Progressive Governors’ Forum) and he seems invested in adding more feathers to his cap with his recent move to revolutionize education in Kano.

On Tuesday the 25th of February 2020, Governor Ganduje banned street begging. In what could pass almost for a revolutionary approach to curbing the menace, the governor instructed the arrest of street beggars most of who are usually out of school children. Their parents will also face the wrath of the law.

This comes as part of his administration’s attempts to encourage acceptance of the compulsory free basic and secondary education policy of the state. The system is a blend of Islamic and Western style education aimed at solving the problem presented by the bastardized almajiranci situation which is directly responsible for small children begging.

Governor Ganduje revealed this during the launch of the Basic Education Service Delivery for All, BESDA. 7,500 new teachers were also recruited.

As admirable as this move is, a large number of street beggars in Kano are likely from other states just as there might be indigenes of Kano begging in states other than the state of their birth. There will therefore be a need to widely publicize the new directive so that parents of children begging in Kano who happen to be indigenes of other states can go get their children.

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