The bill of the Almajiri National Education Commission passed the 2nd reading
The bill of the Almajiri National Education Commission passed the 2nd reading. CLICK NOW
The bill to establish the National Committee on Education for Almajiri and Out-of-School Children has passed its second reading in the House of Representatives. The bill was sponsored by Representative Shehu Kakale (PDP-Sokoto) and 18 others in a plenary session. Speaking, Kakale said that the Bill titled: “The Bill to establish a National Committee on Education for Almajiri and Out-of-School Children aims to provide a multimodal education system to combat blindness literacy, skills acquisition and entrepreneurship programs to stop youth poverty", delinquency and misery in Nigeria.
Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, the speaker, in his contribution congratulated the donor, adding that education is the top priority of the 9th Chamber of its legislative agenda. “Education has been a priority in our legislative agenda. We just wrapped up a two-day summit on higher education; we hope that at the end of the day we will make recommendations,” he said.
Representative Ossai Ossai (PDP-Delta) said the bill was discriminatory in nature and the proposed committee should have a gestation period. “You know that 12 years ago, the president was committed to ensuring that Almajiri children were included in the education sector. “I agree with this bill but by accepting it they are making an intervention and it has to have a gestation period like saying this program will last 10 to 15 years,” he said. He said that if the commission were set up to operate in this way, it would be discriminatory in nature, adding that every child has the right to an education. “This particular program is a gap intervention, so if it's a gap intervention, it has to have a timeline; the law is made that way,” he said.
Representative Dachung Bagos (PDP-Plateau) called for punishment of those who failed to fulfill their obligations after the commission was established. “This is at the heart of the project that the PDP administration started under former President Goodluck Jonathan because of the importance of Almajiri and out-of-school children.” It’s a bill that we fully support, but our view is that once it's established, the people who are supposed to do their job on the bill will be able to introduce penalties for those who are supposed to fulfill this obligation," he said.
In response, Deputy Speaker, Rep. Idris Wase, who presided over the plenary session, said the bill was not limited to Almajiri students but also to all children out of school in Nigeria. “I want you to look at the long title of the bill. He said Almajiri and the kids don't go to school, which we have in every part of Nigeria. "It's not just for the Almajiri, it will also take care of our brothers who are still on the streets," he said. The bill was then put to a voice vote by the Deputy Speaker and it passed and moved to the House Committee on Basic Education and Services.