The Kano State Government says 193 Almajirirai have so far tested positive for COVID 19.
Disclosing this during a press briefing, the Kano State Commissioner of Education, Sanusi Mohammed Kiru, said a total of 1860 persons were quarantined in three locations within the state, out of which 193 of them were confirmed with the virus.
He explained that 86 of them tested positive at Gabasawa Quarantine camp, while 68 and 38 tested positive in Karaye and Kiru respectively.
Sanusi, who also heads the Kano State government committee on the rehabilitation of almajiri, said he welcomed the initiative to isolate them.
He noted that the state government’s efforts at tackling the pandemic would have amounted to nothing if they were allowed to roam and spread the virus within the communities.
Highlighting the number of almajirai repatriated by the state government, Sanusi said 1183 Almajiria were sent to states like Jigawa, Kaduna, Katsina, Gombe, Bauchi, Kebbi, and Zamfara, in line with the decision of the Northern Governors Forum to end street begging in the region.
He also revealed that the government had established three almajiri boarding schools in Bunkure, Bagwai and Madobi Local Government Areas, for the immediate enrolment of Almajiris of Kano State origin.