The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) is set to remove as many as 1,000 almajiris from the streets of the nation’s capital.
The Acting Director of the Department of Social Welfare Services of the Social Development Secretariat, Alhaji Sani Amar, said so in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja.
Amar said the move was part of efforts to ensure the realization of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration’s determination to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty.
“The FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Aliyu, has directed that as part of the presidential mandate to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty, we engage Almajiris in vocational training and education.
“This will empower them and enable them to become employers of labor as well, as beggars and Almajiris have nothing to do but beg for food.
“So we moved around the city and identified Islamic schools closer to the city, to start with.
“We are able to take out 120 Almajiris and engage them in different skill acquisitions, such as carpentry, shoemaking and painting.
“Over time and depending on our goal, we will engage more than 1,000 Almajiris in different skills acquisition trainings.
“At the end of their training, there will be a ceremony where each of them will receive a starter kit and money to rent space for their business,” he said.