The Gombe state government has sent 700 almajirai who are non-indigenes studying in the state to their states of origin across the 19 Northern states.
The state Commissioner for Education, Dr Habu Dahiru, made this known while speaking with newsmen in Gombe on Monday, explaining that the first batch of 700 almajirai had been conveyed to their various states in the North in 60 buses accompanied by security personnel.
Dahiru said the almajirai were also given a covering letter to the Ministry of Education in their respective states.
According to him, the government decision was informed by the collective agreement of the Northern Governors’ Forum that all almajirai should be returned to their home states for better management.
He said the 700 were the first batch, noting that, subsequently, other batches would follow as part of measures to curtail the spread of COVID-19.
“We had a meeting with teachers of Islamic almajirai schools in the state to let them know why the decision was taken.
“Primary to tertiary institutions had been closed in the country as part of measures to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Almajirai schools cannot be an exception,” Dahiru said.
According to him, Nasarawa and Plateau states on Sunday sent almajirai, who were Gombe indigenes in their states back.
“They were referred to the Taskforce on COVID-19 for necessary check up to ensure that they are in good health before taking a step further,’’ he said.
Dahiru further said they had received a phone call from the Kano state government that they had also sent the almajirai who were Gombe indigenes back home and that they were waiting their arrival.