Gombe State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, Wednesday evening celebrated the 2020 Children’s day with 153 Almajiris at the Amada quarantine centre preparatory to their departure to their respective communities after testing negative to covid-19.
Addressing the lads after the mandatory two weeks quarantine period, Governor Yahaya said his government is committed to prioritizing basic education through a sustained support to both western and Islamic systems of education.
The Governor who noted that no body can manage a child better than his parents, said his government will ensure the state’s indigenous almajiris returned from various states, are reunited with their familie.
According to him, “these children deserve to achieve anything in life if given the desired care and attention. I assure that our administration will support them to attain their goals through a sound western and Islamic education.
“In fact we are committed to bequeathing a good future for them. We shall provide structures and facilities that can accommodate them and take care of their basic needs so that they can learn and attain their goals like every other child. Education is a right and not a privilege”, the Governor assured.
Governor Inuwa then encouraged the children to nurse and pursue their dreams of a bright future, citing Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, a minister in the country, as one of the products of tsangaya (Almajiri system) who embraced the western education and became a shining example.
Briefing the Governor earlier, Dr. Habu Dahiru, the State Commissioner for Education, said the 153 Almajiris discharged were those returned from Adamawa and Bauchi states and were to be taken to Dukku, Nafada, Balanga and Yamaltu-Deba, their indegenous Local Government Areas (LGA’s).
The Commissioner revealed that the camp registered a total of 684 people since inception, including 377 almajiris and 307 intercepted travellers, adding that so far, 671 have received a clean bill of health and were discharged after second test that returned negative. However, 13 Almajiris were still awaiting their second test results.
The Deputy Camp Director, Yusuf Danbayo, described the condition at the camp as suitable for children, with the kids taking good meals and having access to Quranic education as well as enjoying the recreational facilities there.
All the 153 discharged Almajiris were kitted with new clothes, shoes and bags containing educational materials and are to be integrated into a formal education system under the Basic Education Service Delivery for All, BESDA, at their respective localities.