Yobe donates food, other items to 475 Almajiri schools
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Yobe donates food, other items to 475 Almajiri schools

The Yobe Emergency Management Agency (YSEMA) has begun the distribution of food and non-food items to 475 Almajiri schools across the state.

The word “Almajiri” is derived from the Arabic “Al-Muhajirun,” meaning “an emigrant”.

It refers to a person who migrates from his home in search of Islamic knowledge.

The term also refers to any young person who begs on the streets and does not attend secular school.

The Executive Secretary of the Agency, Dr Mohammad Goje told newsmen in Damaturu on Wednesday that the support was under the ‘Buni Tsangaya School Programme’ (BTSP).

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He said the Agency had earlier supported 85 Almajiri schools with similar items in three of the 17 local government areas of the state.

Goje listed the benefiting LGs as Damaturu, Potiskum and Jakuso selected from each of the three senatorial districts.

He said the items include rice, maize, seasoning, soap, blankets, nylon mats, buckets, rubber bowls, cups and clothes.

“Gov. Mai Mala Buni conceived BTSP to cushion the hardships of Tsangaya Teachers and Almajiri pupils.

“This is in line with the government interventions for vulnerable groups,” he said.

The agency also distributed winter clothes and blankets to cushion the effect of the cold, especially on the Almajiri children.

“Three other local government areas from each of three senatorial zones will also benefit in subsequent batches.”




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