Eid-el-Kabir: Yobe gov’t offers free meals to 12,000 Almajiris, Tsangaya schools

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Honourable Mai Mala Buni

Yobe Government has provided free meals and dresses to Qur’anic school pupils (Almajiri), as part of activities to celebrate the Eid-el-Kabir celebration.

This is part of the efforts of Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State to alleviate the sufferings of the Almajiris and those learning at Tsangaya Schools.

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Almajiri is a Hausa word derived from the Arabic word “Al-Muhajiroun,” which literally means migration and referred to a person who left his home in search of Islamic knowledge.

In northern Nigeria, Almajiri refers to a young boy of non-formal Qur’anic schools (Tsangaya) commonly found in the region.

They (Almajiri) engage in street begging to fend for themselves.

According to the reports, the Executive Secretary of Yobe State Emergency Management Agency, Dr Mohammed Goje, had earlier made a statement on Tuesday in Damaturu that food and dresses would be distributed to the Almajiri in 240 selected Tsangaya schools in seven local government areas of the state.

“Every Almajiri in the selected location will celebrate the Sallah with dignity, eat in school without going out to beg and have new sets of clothes, and lots more,” he said.

The secretary said that relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies had been fully mobilised towards successful implementation of the programme in line with the directive of Governor Mai Mala-Buni.

In fulfilment of that promise, Yobe State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has embarked on the distribution of food items and clothing across the state.

Executive Secretary of SEMA, Dr Mohammed Goje revealed that “more Schools benefit from both the Sallah feeding and clothing in the ongoing social services component of reintegration and reformation of the Tsangaya System in the state as Sallah approaches”.

According to Goje, 6/7 Local Government Areas so far covered 240 Tsangayas completed while 37 loading.

He said that they are targeting 12,000 Pupils in the exercise.

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