Abuja - The Katsina State Government has spent more than N500 million (US$3 million) in the last three years to promote the education of the female students.
Officials said part of the money was spent under the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) programme, which covers more than 9 000 female students beneficiaries from 125 primary schools in nine Local Government Areas.
Among these are Kaita, Jibiya, Dutsinma, Musawa, Sabuwa, Bakori, Mashi, Sandamu and Kusada.
The sum of N370 million was spent on benefiting pupils and the balance of N130 million was used to on run the cost of the CCT programme including boreholes, vehicles and buying of generators and maintenance.
Pupils received N5 000 on a termly basis to encourage them to go to school while their attendance was monitored.
The money is paid directly to the parents of the pupils who mostly use it to start up small businesses as motivation to allow their daughters go to school.
Katsina Special Adviser on Girl-Child Education, Bilkisu Kaikai, said such initiatives highlighted government's commitment to the development of education in general and the girl child in particular.
- CAJ News