Reps ask FG to stop repatriation of Almajiri children

Posted by News Express | 12 May 2020 | 576 times

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•Speaker House of Reps, Femi Gbajabiamila

Members of the House of Representatives have called on the Federal Government to intervene and immediately halt the repatriation of the Almajiri children to their states of origin.

This formed part of the resolutions of the lawmakers during Tuesday’s plenary at the lower chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

They made the call following a motion sponsored by a member of the House, Aishatu Dukku.

According to Dukku, the repatriation of Almajiria children is against the fundamental human rights of any Nigerian to reside in any part of the country.

She also expressed concern over the mode of transportation the children were subjected to.

The lawmaker described it as dehumanising, stressing that the children were packed into a vehicle in the scorching sun.

The House also resolved to urge the Northern governors to ensure that the Almajiri children were captured in the Universal Basic and Technical Education System.

Some Northern governors have repatriated hundreds of Almajiri children to their states of origin, as a measure to check the transmission of COVID-19 in their states.

Following their arrival in their various states, the children were isolated and their samples were collected to test for COVID-19.

While the Almajirai whose results came out positive were further isolated for treatment, those who were not infected were allowed to reunite with the society. (Channels TV)

Source: News Express

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