Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the Emir of Kano, on Sunday said about one million Almajiris are aimlessly roaming the streets of Kano state.
The Emir said this while speaking at the international youth graduation and annual lecture of the Vocational Centre in Katsina.
He noted that the scenario in Kano, was a sharp contrast to what is obtainable in the western part of the country.
According to the former Central Bank governor, lack of access to primary education was responsible for insecurity in the region.
“There are less than 500,000 pupils in public primary schools in Lagos State and almost three million in Kano State with an estimated one million roaming the streets as beggars. This means that most parents in Lagos State sponsor their children”.
“As many people as possible must be given access to education if we are to achieve our human development goals and reduce the security challenges we are facing. One of the easiest ways is to absorb the millions of Quranic School pupils into the formal system, Sanusi said”
He however, urged government to invest more in agriculture, which he said is the highest employer of labour in the country.
“There is urgent need to have clear policy towards this direction; we cannot afford half measures of intervention,” he added.