A statement by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication, Mr Muyiwa Adekeye, Friday in Kaduna, said that the almajirai, including toddlers, were found in conditions that were against Covid-19 protocols and in locations that are not approved for such activities.
“Officials of the Kaduna state government Task Force enforcing Covid-19 related regulations have rescued 160 children from locations that are neither authorised nor licensed as schools nor as children’s homes. Some of the rescued children are toddlers who are not yet able to properly identify themselves.
“The rescued children are from 13 states in the North and South of Nigeria. Some of the kids are from Benin Republic, Burkina Faso and Niger Republic.
“By keeping children in unauthorised places, the locations were also in contravention of KDSG land use regulations and inconsistent with the policy of repatriating almajirai to their states and local governments of origin to continue their education under the care of their parents, and in properly registered and regulated schools.
“KDSG wishes to remind all non-governmental organisations, corporate entities, religious leaders and faith institutions that the state government has laws prescribing the free and compulsory education of all children in properly registered schools.
“It is the right of the children described as almajirai to be treated with the dignity accorded all other children is a matter of fairness and equality of treatment that no responsible government should compromise.”