The Agency for Nomadic Education in Jigawa STate said, on Thursday, that 23 nomadic communities had requested for schools in their communities in the state.
Alhaji Ali Manu, the Executive Secretary of the Agency, gave the figure in an interview, in Dutse.
Manu said that most of the requests were made to the Agency through the leaders of the affected communities.
“Recently, over 23 nomadic communities contacted us that they want schools in their communities for their children.
“Most of them did that through their community leaders, while others contacted us individually,” Manu said.
He expressed satisfaction at the requests, saying, “this is to show you that the nomads have changed their attitude toward sending their children to schools”.
The official said that the development could not be unconnected with the level of sensitisation by the Agency, on the need for nomads to enrol their children and wards in schools.
He said that the establishment had, several times, collaborated with the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) to sensitise the nomadic communities in the state.
According to Manu, the Agency has been using the opportunities at social gatherings like wedding, naming, as well as Friday sermons to enlighten the nomads on the importance of education and the need to allow their children acquire it.
He noted that no particular group of people could develop without education.
Manu, therefore, urged the affected communities to exercise patience as the Agency would look into their request with dispatch.
The executive secretary said that the nomadic education outfit would conduct its assessment on the communities to find out when, how, and where to establish the schools.
According to him, the Agency currently has 310 nomadic schools in the state.