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Almajiris In Nigeria Are From Niger, Chad And Cameroon – Ganduje

Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje

Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje

Most Quranic education school pupils, known as Almajiris, are not Nigerians, Abdullahi Ganduje has said.

He recently revealed this while declaring open, a 3-day retreat organised by the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) in Kano.

Acccording to him, a lot of these people are foreigners from Niger Republic, Chad and Cameroon, and the northern governors are putting more pressure toward having a universal legislation that will limit the migration from one state to another.

He added that as soon as the quality of ‘Almajiri’ education system is improved, you will be inviting other Almajiris from other places to come to your state, and that is anohter problem.

His words, “From the survey we have conducted, most of the “Almajiri” roaming our streets are from Niger, Chad and the northern part of Cameroun.

“Once you improve the quality of ‘Almajiri’ education system, you are inviting other ‘Almajiri’ from other places to come to your state. That is another problem.

“The northern governors are putting more pressure toward having a universal legislation that will limit the migration from one state to another.”

“The retreat is very vital and important, especially at this moment that the country is gradually coming out from the COVID-19 pandemic which has affected education in the country.”

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Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, OFR (born 25 December 1945) is a Nigerian politician and current Governor of Kano State since 2015. He previously served as deputy governor twice between 1999 and 2003 and 2011 to 2015.

Ganduje was born in Ganduje village of Dawakin Tofa local government area of Kano State in 1949.

He started his early education in Qur’anic and Islamiyya school at his village Ganduje where he became trained in Islamic knowledge. He later moved to headquarters of his local government where he attended Dawakin Tofa Primary School from 1956 to 1963. Ganduje attended the Government Secondary School Birnin Kudu from 1964 to 1968.

Ganduje attended Advanced Teachers’ College, Kano between 1969 and 1972. He then attended Ahmadu Bello University, located in Zaria, Kaduna State, where he graduated with a Bachelors in Science Education in 1975.


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