The House of Representatives have called on Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to enrol Almajiris into the homegrown school feeding to reduce child begging.
The House called on Osinbajo to in collaboration with States’ relevant institutions, conduct a census of Almajiri schools and headcount of the destitute children.
This is for the purpose of enrolling them in the on-going National Home-grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP).
The House reached the resolution following the adoption of a motion moved by Mansur Manu and three others during plenary on Thursday, July 18.
Speaking on the bill, Manu said, “Large number of children captured in the destitution net most of whom roam the streets begging for alms or hawking at traffic spots come at a huge cost to the nation in terms of loss of critical human capital and erosion of family values.
“Aware that the various religious and cultural value systems frown at begging and abandoning children without proper care, yet parents release their children to pass through such horrific conditions out of poverty and sheer abdication of responsibility.”
The Reps also urged the Federal Government to immediately embark on a comprehensive enumeration of handicapped and people with disabilities in the country.
This is to integrate them into the cash transfer component of the Social Investment Programme to improve their livelihood and commit them to stop begging.