The governor of Niger state Babangida Aliyu on Wednesday reiterated the need for free and compulsory girl child education so that the education deficit can be reduced.
In a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Israel Ebije from excerpt of speech at the flagging off ceremony of pilot distribution of school uniforms to JSS 1 female students at Munya local government area of the state.
He said following the over 10 million out of school children recorded against Nigeria, the need to renew efforts to reduce education deficit cannot be overemphasised adding that girl child education should be prioritized.
He said it is the responsibility of government at all levels to ensure provision of free education from primary to junior secondary school adding that failure to comply with this has forced many school age children out of school insisting that the girl child is most affected.
Aliyu whose administration introduced free education for school age children has since achieved an increased enrollment from 600, 000 students to over 1.2 million registered students.
He therefore directed all the 25 local government chairmen to replicate government effort by flagging off their own free girl child educational material’s.
He said part of the directive for local government is to ensure that they should help sensitize parents and school age students adding that despite the free education policy by the state government, girl child education enrolment in rural areas need to be scaled up.
Aliyu who thanked UNICEF, DFID and other development partners said he is convinced education for girl child in the state will improve once the pilot program is sustained.
By Edos News