Adamawa govt repatriates another 33 almajiris to Yobe over fear of COVID-19

Officials of the Adamawa State government has again handed over another batch of 33 Almajiris to the Yobe State Emergency Management Agency, (SEMA) in Damaturu.

Executive Secretary, SEMA, Dr. Mohammed Goje disclosed this on Thursday in Damaturu. He said the almajiris were handed over to the government Wednesday night.

He said, “Yobe State Government yesterday around 12 midnight received another set of almajiris. They were 33 in number and from Adamawa State.

“61% of the almajiris received yesterday are below the age of 10 years and 90% of them are of Fika LGA”.

He noted that, 10 out of the 33 almajiris have already been enrolled into the almajiris component of the Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) program in Adamawa State.

He explained that this has made it easier for the SEMA to reintegrate them under same program in Yobe State as high level discussions were recently held with the BESDA officials towards integrating all the repatriated almajiris into the program.

“Governor Buni’s administration has said it won’t repatriate any almajiri out of the state. Instead of sending them back to their respective states of origin, Yobe State government will continue to deploy strategies to improving the almajiris’ lives and integrating them to informal school system.

“Already, steps towards improving the system through multidisciplinary approach has been instituted”, he said

This brings the total number of repatriated almajiris from Adamawa State to 91 as available data obtained indicated.

The new arrivals have been isolated at the Government Secondary School, Damaturu in line with COVID-19 preventive measures.

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