Abuja - The Federal Government on Friday said it would step up advocacy and implementation of girl-child programmes to improve access to quality education.
This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Simeon Nwakaudu, Special Assistant on Media to the Minister of State for Education in Abuja on Friday.
The statement quoted the Minister of State for Education, Nyesom Wike, as speaking in Gusau during an advocacy and sensitisation visit to Gov. Abdul-Azeez Yari of Zamfara.
Wike said that the government was committed to improving enrollment of the girl-child in Northern Nigeria.
``Government is combining the construction of girl-child schools and dedicated enrollment drives to improve educational standard across the country.
``We have also stepped up advocacy for increased enrollment of the girl-child in Northern Nigeria with a view to integrating the girls into the mainstream of the development process,'' he said.
The minister said that no segment of the nation should be denied quality education because of the lack of resources.
``It is important for girls to attend school for us to meet the Millennium Development Goals. We should not discourage girls from going to school due to traditional and religious reasons,’’ he said.
Responding, Yari said that the state government had commenced the execution of projects aimed at increasing girl child enrollment.
He said that in the last one year, his administration constructed 346 blocks of classroom for girl-child schools in the state.
Yari said that traditional rulers had been involved by the state to increase girl-child enrollment.
Wike in another occasion also held an advocacy and sensitisation meeting with education commissioners, chairmen of state Universal Basic Education Boards and Girl Child Desk officers from the seven North West states.
The stakeholders declared their commitment to work with the Federal Government to improve the enrollment of the girl-child in the zone.
The Minister of State also inspected the Girl-Child Secondary School under construction in Gusau and the Almajiri schools in Talata Mafara and Maru.