Sokoto State Government said it will take care of the education of children of beggars, vulnerable and other less-privileged members of the society.
Announcing the gesture at a special iftar session organised for them by the state government, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal said a pilot scheme started in 2016 in three local government areas was successful, and a decision has now been reached to expand the scheme to all parts of the state.
â€œDuring the campaigns, I made a promise to introduce special welfare packages to improve your well-being. The last administration introduced the payment of monthly stipends to you, I am happy to note that we have not only continued with it, we have also enhanced it.
â€œOur aim is to empower you all to ensure you have something you can do to permanently support yourselves and your families. I am happy many of you have positively responded to these initiatives.
Today I want to announce to you that we are introducing another special scheme which will ensure that all your children get quality education, free of charge.
â€œThe relevant ministries are to laise with you and come up with the required number of school-age children for the immediate implementation of the policy.
â€œI urge you to support government to create a better future for these children,â€ the Governor added.
While reiterating the determination of his administration to improved welfare of all citizens, Tambuwal urged them to ensure all their children are immunised against child killer diseases.
â€œDonâ€™t hide your children at home if they fell ill. Bring them the nearest health facility for assessment and treatment,â€ he added.
Various speakers at the gathering commended the state government and Tambuwal for the gesture, and prayed for the safe return of President Muhammadu Buhari from his medical vacation.