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Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje Governor Kano State has said the state has the highest number of out-of-school children in the country.

He, however, reiterated his administration commitment to ensure that Almajirai in the state benefit from his free, compulsory basic and secondary education policy, though most of them are children from neighbouring states.

Ganduje disclosed this while receiving the Kano Correspondents’ Chapel, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Award of Excellence and Appreciation as the Father of Modern Free Education in Nigeria 2019 held in Kano.

His words: “with the free school feeding program and free education policy in place, all children in Kano now have the privilege to be educated, just as he charged parents to take advantage of the ample opportunity to send their wards to school for a better future.

Ganduje, however, noted that: “We are happy we are sending our children to school free-of-charge. We are happy that we are sending the Almajarai to go and learn just like other children. We want to live a legacy, and we believe that journalists are our partners in progress.”

He appreciated the award bestowed on him by the Kano NUJ Correspondents’ Chapel, adding that, “we are happy that you identified with the heavily-loaded statement we made here in Kano, which is free, compulsory basic and secondary education for our children.

Ganduje who was visibly excited recalled how he met and recruited his Commissioner of Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, who was two-time President of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), into politics.

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