The commissioner for higher education in Sokoto state ,Dr Muhammad Kilgori said the state government has disbursed 500 million naira for the sustainability of the Cash transfer programme in the state .
He noted that the cash transfer programme will help in reducing the number of the out of school children ,as well as improve on the quality of education in the state
The commissioner made the disclosure at a media dialogue for journalist on cash transfer programme in Sokoto state .
According to him,the cash transfer programme is meant to empower families and improve girls enrollment in schools .
“The girl’s education project have increased the number of enrollment of student ,and also put in place mapping strategy to improve on learning procedure ”
The representative of the Sultan of Sokoto,Alhaji Sani Jabbi noted that traditional leaders have been major custodian in the grassroot ,and have a say in how things are being implemented at the community level.
According to him,the Sultan is anchoring the committee for the actualization of eradicating uneducated girls in the country .
“We will ensure the active commitment of people at the grassroot level ,and ensure that every girl child have access to education .
The education of the girl child is critical to the national development of the country ”
“We are concerned about the issue of out of school children ,and designed systems to enhance the quality of education in the country ”
While speaking ,UNICEF communication specialist ,Mr Geoffrey Njoku said the cash transfer programme will promote the education of the beneficiaries ,and will help in national development .
He urged journalist to utilize the relevant information obtained from the training in becoming advocate of girl’s education in Nigeria .
“We hope that the media practitioners will become ambassadors of the Cash transfer programme ,and reinforce the importance of girl child education in the states ,and the country at large ”
While speaking ,Dr Dayo Ogundimu ,a development consultant stressed the need to improve on the education of the girl child .
He said the girl should not be denied of quality education,as it will help in eradicating poverty in the land .
“Gone are the days when the place of the woman is in the kitchen ,the women are taking strategic position in changing the narrative in the country .
Quality education will help in curbing early child marriage ,which is a burden in some parts of the country ”
” Research has shown that when the girl child is educated ,they end up becoming good mothers and wives ,and they are able to make reasonable decisions on behalf of the family ”
While speaking on the sustainability plan ,he said if there is no proper measures put in place ,the cash transfer program will not last more than two years .
“For the cash transfer project to be truly viable after the grant period has ended,the beneficiaries need to have a sustainability plan to ensure the success of the programme ”
In the same vein,he harped on the need for parents ,especially mothers ,to be fully involved in the education of their children ”
“When mothers are actively involved in the education of their children,they attain good academic achievement globally ”
He also reinforced the fact that when mothers become financially empowered ,it positively impact on the education ,nutrition ,and health care of the children .
“We need to encourage the girls to enroll ,succeed, and complete the school programme .When the girl child is educated ,she will be able to come out and become responsible adults ”
Speaking further ,he noted that research findings have shown that ,it is quite possible for women to engage in home based small scale enterprises ,without hindering the traditional gender roles in the society .
According to him,for the country to address poverty issue ,there is need to provide sustainable measures of ending poverty ,through education .
Education specialist UNICEF, Mrs Azuka Menkiti reinforced on the need to put in place empowerment scheme that will enable the women not be stranded after the end of the cash transfer program .
“We want the women to engage in small scale enterprises , that will boost the economy of the family ,and also aid in sending the children to school “