Kano Council of Ulama disagree with Ganduje on banning street begging

The Kano Council of Ulama has disagreed with Governor Abdullahi Ganduje on the recent ban on street begging by Almajiris across the state saying it is not feasible and the government is not serious.
Addressing newsmen in Kano on Wednesday, chairman of the Council Sheikh Ibrahim Khaleel stated that the steps towards curtailing the practice have not been taken.

“The government is not serious and cannot  do it because it has not taken the right steps to it.
The Chairman of the Ulama, who is also an advocate against street begging gave a brief history of efforts made in the past to curtail the menace and also insists that stakeholders must be involved.
Sheikh Khaleel further suggested methods through which the menace could be resolved by insisting that all forms of street beggars be identified and  stakeholders be involved.
“The right steps to follow in banning street begging include firstly, the Quranic clerics involved have to be identified. Because there are street beggars who are Quranic students, there are beggars who are sent by their parents from the rural areas to come and be begging in the urban areas, there is also begging engaged in by some physically challenged individuals.
“All these forms of street beggars need to be identified and each one be addressed accordingly. But they have not done that.
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“More so, you cannot stop begging in the state without joining hands with the neighbouring states” he stated.
“Therefore you need statistic of the real situation, know the total number of the Quranic teachers, the total number of the Quranic schools and their pupils, know exactly who the real Almajiris are first. You will then know their needs understand their problems and then proffer the right solutions. You can decide to cater for them or send them back to their homes. But you have not conducted all these.”

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