Executive Chairman of the Jigawa State Universal Basic Education Board Sani Abdullahi who was in Abuja told Daily Trust, Governor of the state Sule Lamido had approved that all Almajiri schools in the state be converted to boarding schools while ensuring that the children get fed daily.
Jigawa has six schools, two boarding schools located in Gantsa, Buji local government and Gwiwa, Gwiwa local government and four day schools located in Birniwa, Birniwa local government, Maiduwa, Gagarawa local government, Turabu, Kirikasamma local government and Suletankarkar, Suletankarkar local government.
The schools are to be formally commissioned by Vice President Namadi Sambo in Jigawa before September when all of them would begin academic work across the country.
Abdullahi said, “The federal government merely constructed these schools and is to hand them over and even though it has equipped the day schools with some boarding facilities, there is no intention to make them really boarding schools with feeding arrangements but the governor of Jigawa state has considered that in order for the almajirai to maximally benefit from the programme it is essential that they are fed. “
“He accepted to convert the day schools to boarding schools and provide them with feeding. Contractors have already been appointed for the feeding of the children and we have a model school in Gantsa which is going into its 2nd year with enrolment almost concluded.”
He said the state government plans to build additional facilities in the schools like classrooms, dormitories and other facilities so that more children can benefit from the programme.
He said, “ We are undertaking a survey to determine the exact number of almajirai in Jigawa state and determine their location so that we can adequately plan for them. With respect to teachers we have appointed 18 NCE holders to teach the conventional education and we have also appointed the proprietors of the initial Qur’anic school. They would be paid N36,000 and N27,000 respectively every month.”