CSOs appeal to Bauchi Assembly, seek legislative framework for almajiri system

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By Ahmed Ahmed

Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and stakeholders in Bauchi State have appealed to the state assembly for a legislative framework for the Almajiri system.

Lovelyn Agbor, team leader, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), made the appeal during a visit to the state assembly Speaker, Mr Abubakar Suleiman, in Bauchi.

She said that the call was part of a  recommendation from a recent multi-stakeholders meeting of relevant stakeholders, ministries, sgencies, CSOs, Malams and the media in Bauchi.

“The meeting was to identify the challenges facing the almajiri system with the aim of proffering solutions to address the negative impact of Almajiri system on the Economy.

“We are calling for the enactment of a legislative framework to standardise the operationalisation of the Almajiri system in the state,” she said.

Agbor also called for budgetary provision in the annual budget  for the welfare of the Almajiri system instead of ad-hoc intervention by the government in the state.

The team also said that funds and resources set aside for almajiri intervention should be given directly to Almajiri gatekeepers to avoid diversion.

Agbor urged philanthropists to be involved in providing support for catering for the needs of the almajiri in the state.

Responding, Speaker Sulaiman commended efforts of the CSOs and stakeholders for their concern on the plight of the Almajiri in the state.

He assured that the house would accord priority to the well-being and  welfare of the citizens in the state.

The speaker also assured to give preference to any relevant ministries or agencies that include Almajiri system in its annual budget.

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