Nasir El-Rufai, the Kaduna State Governor, has pledged to sponsor a 13-year-old almajiri boy, identified as Usman, from primary to university level.
The governor made the pledge while reacting to a tweet shared about the boy by Muhd El-Bonga Ibrahim.
El-Bonga had tweeted about the boy, stating that “This is 13-year-old Usman, an Almajiri boy from Maiduguri. Because he doesn’t like to beg he learnt how to shine and repair shoes from his brother where he earns an average of N500 a day. When I asked him about school, he said: ‘even if I want to school, no one will sponsor me’.”
It is common to see many out-of-school young boys begging in the north; with some of them becoming menace to the society in the future.
Meanwhile, re-tweeting El-Bonga’s message, El-Rufai commented thus: “Where is this industrious boy? How old is he? Kindly bring him to me in Kaduna. I will sponsor him to attend a boarding primary school and upon completion until he graduates from university by the Grace of God. @Dattijo @el_bonga.”
It is believed Muh’d Sani Dattijo (@Dattijo), the Chief of Staff to the Governor, was tagged in the tweet for notification of action about the pledge.
The governor has been trying in the development of human capital; investing in people’s development. One of such investments is the Kashim Ibrahim Fellowship programme through which young Nigerians are selected for mentorship and training as preparation for responsible public service and good governance.