11 April 2012

Nigeria: Almajiri System of Education Will Take Children Off the Streets

Alhaji Ahmed Gulak, the Special Adviser to the President on Political Affairs, says the inauguration of Almajiri system of education is to take millions of children off the streets.

Gulak said this at a news conference in Abuja on Wednesday.

He described the system as the "right step" to educate millions of children on the streets in the northern part of the country.

"That will take more than 9.5 million children off the streets, this has not happened for over 50 years of independence in the country.

"It has happened during the tenure of Goodluck Jonathan," he said.

The Special Adviser added that the launch of the Almajiri system of education had revealed President Jonathan's "sincerity, commitment and loyalty" to the development of the country.

Gulak expressed the commitment of the present administration to support and encourage groups in pursuit of peace and the unity of the nation.

He commended the National Coalition for Jonathan-Sambo Presidency (NACOJP) for writing a book entitled: "The Jonathan/Sambo Presidency in Nigeria: A Symbol of Peace, Unity and Progress."

I call on Nigerians, the high and the low, the rich and the poor to attend this book launch tomorrow (Thursday in Abuja).

"This is because it is the focal point of this administration, which centres on peace, unity and progress," he said. NAN

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