Taraba Sends Back Evacuated Almajiri Back To Nasarawa
The government of Taraba State has sent back the almajiri evacuated from Nasarawa state.
The almajiri, along with officials of Nasarawa State Ministry of Women Affairs, who arrived Taraba at the wee hours of Monday, were said to had slept outside the office of Secretary to Taraba State Government in Jalingo and were only attended to an hour before noon on Monday after which they were given a letter to give the Nasarawa state government and were asked to return the alimaji brought with them back.
The letter given to them, which was from the office of Secretary to Taraba State Government, dated 4 May,2020 with reference number: SGS/ADM/S/167/11/125. and signed by one Sunday Tanko Maiyaki, Permanent Secretary Political Cabinet Affairs and General Services, was sight by newsmen.
The letter read in part; “the number of pupils brought to Taraba State are 79 not 102 as stated in the letter brought from Nasarawa state.
“The government of Taraba State wish to return the pupils to you and requests that the pupils should be properly, profiled, indicating their local government of origin in Taraba State and individual status in respect of the pandemic,” the letter said.
The letter further directed that the pupils should be accompanied by their respective teachers who will identify their parents at their respective local government areas and properly hand them over to their parents.
Officials, who accompanied the almajiri and spoke with our reporter on condition of anonymity, expressed dismay over the action of Taraba State government.
He said all the almajiri were kept in isolation in a secondary school in Lafia and tested for coronavirus, adding that their results came back negative.
The official stated that Nasarawa had evacuated over 1000 almajiri to their respective states, adding that only Taraba turned them back.
“We are asked to take the almajiri back to Nasarawa with a letter addressed to secretary to Nasarawa state government and N100,000 to fuel our vehicles,” the official said.