Over 78,000 girls from seven states of the country have benefited from the conditional cash transfer of the Adolescent Girls Initiative for Learning and Empowerment project.
The Conditional Cash Transfer is a federal government-world bank programme to support girl child education.
The Project Coordinator, Mrs Amina Haruna stated this in Abuja at an event to celebrate the international day of the girl child
Mr Haruna, explained that over 3000 primary and secondary schools have been renovated with water, sanitation and Hygiene WASH facilities to encourage girls in school
She said each girl child is supported with N10,000 per term
‘’We have done phase one for conditional cash transfer, where about 78,100 girls received N10,000 each to encourage beneficiaries come to school in seven states of Borno, Ekiti, Kano,Kaduna, Katsina, Kebbi and Plateau, more states will join soon. Because of the conditional cash transfer which is an incentive for them to come to school, more girls are coming to school, there is massive enrollment, that is why we are trying to renovate more classrooms, we have renovated 3714 classrooms with WASH facilities’’.
Mrs Haruna, explained that the International Day of the Girl Child provided opportunity to create further awareness on the rights of girls and the need to provide them with more opportunities.
She said the girl-child in the country have over the years faced the challenge of poor access to education, leading to increased rate of Out-of- School Children as well as other negative social factors.
She added that a number of steps are being taken to address the issues through government interventions such as the Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA), the Adolescent Girls Initiative for Learning and Empowerment (AGILE) and a number of other projects promoted by government and non-government organizations.
Reporting by Daniel Adejo; editing by Julian Osamoto