Rising from its maiden meeting, the National Economic Council (NEC) Thursday said steps were being taken to outlaw the almajiri system of education which makes youngsters vulnerable to crimes and criminalities.
This, it said, was one of the key measures to addressing the lingering security challenges in the northern part of the country.
The federal government’s position is coming barely twenty-four hours after Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state warned that parents who failed to send their wards to school would be prosecuted. He also said same on early marriage.
Briefing State House correspondents after the meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, National Security Adviser (NSA) Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd) said the almajiri system of education was a time bomb for the country.
He said the system of education had reached an alarming situation that government must take a drastic step to halt it.
“I have briefed council of the danger of the almajiri phenomenon. We can’t continue to have street urchins roaming around unchecked. You need to deal with this issue of almajiri. Irrespective of what people may feel, we must have to face reality,” he said.
The NSA said the government would proscribe the Almajiri phenomenon because Nigeria could not continue to have street children roaming around only for them in a couple of years or decades to become a problem to the society.
He said the federal government would work with the state governors to enforce the policy of education for every child as education was the entitlement of every child.
Monguno said he also briefed NEC on the crisis between herdsmen and farmers which were limited to 16 states so far, adding that the council was working on a blueprint to solve the problem.
“I briefed council also on the menace of pipeline vandalism, illegal oil refineries and piracy. In recent month, were able to destroy 373 illegal refineries quad curtailed the activities of pirates.
“This situation in the Niger Delta is also affecting security in the Gulf of Guinea and we have been collaborating with the secretariat in Luanda to work to reduce the activities of these people,’’ he said.
to outlaw the almajiri system of education that is making youngsters vulnerable to crimes and criminalities as one of the key measures to address the lingering security challenges in the northern part of the country.