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State governments to be blamed for Almajiris menace – Buhari

that is the responsibility of the state governments, which means the state governments are not doing their job,’’ he said.

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President Mohammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, urged Nigerians to channel their blames to state governments over menace of the Almajiri system of education, says It is not proper to blame the Federal Government since it’s state’s responsibility.

This was contained in a statement made by President Buhari when he received members of the Progressives in Academics at the State House, Abuja.

Almajiri system of education, which is associated with begging on economic and religious grounds peculiar to some northern states, is a form of Qur’anic learning.

Recall that the Presidency on June 21 dismissed reports that the Federal Government had concluded arrangements to ban the system of education.

Addresiing the issues in Abuja, Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, said that the proscription of the Almajiri system had remained an objective of the Buhari administration.

The President noted while speaking to the delegation that it was the constitutional responsibility of the state governments to transform Almajiri system of education.

In his words: “The problem of education, I hope when you are going to produce your paper you should be referring to the constitution – What the Centre (Federal Government) is supposed to do; what the state is supposed to do and what the local governments are supposed to do.

“And that again, you reflect on the basis for revenue allocations from the centre which is being published by the Nigerian press every quarter – the amount of money earned and how it is divided by the three tiers of government.

“The people are deliberately criticising the government – when I say the government of course I mean the Federal Government, for the Almajiris. But that is the responsibility of the state governments, which means the state governments are not doing their job,’’ he said.

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According to the president, education remains a top priority for his administration.

He disclosed that the government had injected over one trillion naira into the nation’s education sector in the last four years through the Universal Basic Education Commission,  Tertiary Education Trust Fund and Needs Assessment interventions.

“We also released N25 billion to public universities to pay earned academic allowances to lecturers.

“Of course, you are all aware of the rot we uncovered at JAMB and many other institutions.

“Our home grown school feeding programme covering more than 10 million children, coupled with our social investment initiative has encouraged many parents to send their children to school and also pay for more teachers in classrooms.

“In the next four years we shall continue with the work to transform the sector bearing in mind our high population growth rate, financial challenges and security issues, especially those grossly affected areas,’’ he said.

Buhari maintained that his administration’s focus and agenda could only be sustained “if we have educated and secured society.’’

He stated that the government had no option than to produce more engineers, technicians, doctors, nurses and teachers.

“To achieve this, we shall continue to seek your advice and guidance. I am pleased to note some of the ideas you proposed, this submission is timely as we prepare for the next level,’’ the president said.

(NAN)

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