The Centre for Media Advocacy for Mother and Child (CAMAC), has called on government to make special arrangement for the Almajiri children who roam the streets as the dreaded Coronavirus ravages the world.
CAMAC, is a media advocacy group that focus on advocating for policies and programmes that favour vulnerable women, adolescent girls and children in areas of education, health, child’s rights, protection, development and survival, while also drawing the attention of government and other stakeholders to their plights, with a view to finding lasting solutions to those plights.
The Organization, according to its Executive Director, Alex Uangbaoje, noted that despite the pandemic, a large group of Nigerian children are homeless and helpless as they go about on the streets without care.
“The government at this time must come up with a strategic plan to cater for the health of these innocent children, so as to curtail the spread of the disease among them.
“Many of these children know nothing about personal hygiene, and as such, they are prone to any form of ailment and disease. We observed that these Almajiri children have no access to hand sanitizer, nose and mouth mask.
“It is therefore pertinent for the government to protect them and ensure their rights to adequate health care are provided and protected”, he said.
CAMAC then welcome all strategies been put in place by government at all levels but noted that, none of the measures covered the Almajiri children who are always on the street in search of alms.