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World bank approves $150m for AGILE project

The World Bank has approved a $150m credit for the Adolescent Girls Initiative for Learning and Empowerment AGILE Project, to improve secondary education opportunities in the country.

AGILE project which is being carried out in 7 states would be implemented by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with Connected Development CODE, an NGO.

Presenting the annual report of CODE in Abuja, the Executive Director Mallam Hamzat Lawal explained that the 7 states are Kano, Kebbi, Kaduna, Kastina, Borno, Plateau and Ekiti State.

He stated that the AGILE Project is expected to be a platform for girls health education, gender based violence awareness, and prevention as well as life skills, for a period of 5 years.

Executive Director Mallam Hamzat Lawal of Connected Development

Mallam Lawal who said the organization would monitor and track the fund to ensure value for money, stressed that monitoring community projects had been their major focus in the past ten years and holding public officials accountable to fulfill their promises to citizens.

The program manager of the organization Zaliha Lawal, who gave an update on the National Security Watch project, a program implemented by CODE, said security issues in the past months had been threatening, as cases of kidnapping, banditry were on the increase.

According to him, the security watch programme was implemented to spotlight issues that demands policy attention for Better understanding and effective responses.

He added that the initiative became necessary to ensure safer communities ahead of 2023 elections in the country.

Writing by Julian Osamoto; Editing by Daniel Adejo