Katsina State Government has reiterated readiness to work closely with neighboring states to fight COVID-19 pandemic and other social vices bedeviling the North West Zone.
The Secretary to the Government of Katsina State, Alhaji Mustapha Muhammad Inuwa gave the commitment when he received 419 indigenous Almajiris returned home by Kano State Government.
He expressed happiness that Katsina and Kano were now taking the same measures towards curtailing the spread of COVID-19 in the two states.
The SGS explained that Katsina State Government had already closed down both Islamiyya and Local Quraniq Schools and returned all Almajiris to their parents including those from Niger republic.
Alhaji Mustapha Inuwa thanked Kano State Government for making adequate arrangements in profiling and quarantine them before handing them over.
He therefore admonished for continuous synergy between the Government of the States with which, he said all issues hindering the progress of the Zone are surmountable.
He explained that all the children would be taken to the NYSC camp in Katsina for another round of health examinations from where they would be transported back to their various localities across the state.
He however, strongly advised parents to desist from sending their wards to unknown places thereby exposing them to social dangers under the guise of seeking for religious knowledge.
Alhaji Inuwa said it is the responsibility of every parent to ensure proper upbringing of their children which is totally lacking in the Almajiri system.
Earlier, the Kano State Commissioner for Education, Alhaji Muhammad Majidadin Kiru who led the Kano State team at the hand over which took place at Gidan Mutum Daya, Katsina/Kano border said Governor Abdullahi Ganduje was particularly happy with the quick response from the Government of Katsina State which in less than 24hrs notice, made such huge and speedy arrangements to receive it’s indegenes while for other states, consultations were still on in respect of their children.
Highlights of the historic event was presentation and signing of the official hand over documents and inspection of the Almajiris who were then seated in tens of the buses that brought them from Kano, by the SGS.
The 419 Almajiris and another 16 who arrived at the border on their own mostly teenagers were evacuated in a motorcade of the State Transport Authority and drove to Katsina, NYSC Camp.
A Press statement issued by the Director Press to the SGS said that arrangements had already been made for their feeding and accommodation.
They would be moved to their respective local government areas and handed over to their parents or guardians.