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Over 50 almajiris from Kano test positive in Kaduna

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OVER 50 almajiiris that recently returned to Kaduna from Kano State have tested positive to COVID-19.

  Gov. Nasir El-Rufai disclosed this on his verified Twitter handle.

“COVID-19 update: The Kaduna State Ministry of Health. This evening confirmed receipt of 16 more positive results, 15 of them from almajiri. The state has now recorded 50 cases from repatriated almajiris. Active cases have risen to 59,” the governor posted.

  Only recently, Secretary to government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, warned that the almajiri system will present overwhelming challenges for Nigeria in the future if not dealt with urgently.

  Mustapha issued the warning during his speech at the presidential task force briefing on COVID-19 on Monday, April 27 in reaction to the decision of some northern governors to ban the almajiri system as part of measures to check the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

  According to him, Nigeria must provide for the welfare of the almajiris and prepare them for the future, by equipping them to be productive citizens.

“Equip them, skill them so that they can become educated in their state and also productive citizens in the future. If we do not deal with the issues relating to the almajiris, we are building an army that would overwhelm us as a people and as a nation in the future,” he said.

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