Northern governors have approved the ban of almajiri system in all the nineteen states in the region.
Naija News Understands that the governor the approval in during a meeting yesterday which was done via teleconferencing,
According to a press statement released yesterday Northern States Governors Forum Chairman, Governor Simon Lalong said they agreed to take a cue from Kano, Kaduna and Nasarawa States who have begun returning Almajiri children to families and states of origin, while those within their States who do not have parents are taken care of by the Government.
They vowed never to allow the system to persist any longer because of the social challenges associated with it including the perpetuation of poverty, illiteracy, insecurity and social disorder.
The Governor also called for more COVID-19 testing centers in the north from the federal government and the Nigerian Center Disease and control
Lalong and the northern governor stated that all States in the region should have at least one center in order to make the detection of the disease and its management easier and faster.
On border control and lockdown measures, the Northern Governors retained their earlier decision for the states to individually decide on the measure to adopt, but reaffirmed the need for border closures to stop the inter-state spread of the disease, which is rising in the region.The Governors also discussed the risk that Almajiri children are exposed to because of the pandemic.
Source: Naija News