By Muhammad Lawal
DANKO WASAGU (KEBBI)- Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi on Tuesday restated his administration’s commitment to prioritising girl-child education in the state
He stated this when he paid an unscheduled visit to Government Girls Secondary School (GGSS) Ribah, in Danko Wasagu Local Government Area of the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the governor was highly impressed with the high number of girls that resumed at school after their holidays.
Bagudu said: “Let me use this medium to assure you that my administration will prioritise girl-child education. Indeed, I am happy to see a large number of you back to school in spite of pockets of security challenges.
‘”Please endure and resist any fear, there is no substitute to education, I admire your courage and resilience.”
The governor then prayed Almighty Allah to protect and bless the students in their endeavors.
He said that under Adolescent Girls Initiative (AGILE), a collaborative programme between the State Government and World Bank, girls’ schools in the state would be transferred and skills acquisition component provided to them.
Bagudu announced that through AGILE, the school would be fully equipped and upgraded with the necessary learning and entrepreneurship equipment.
The governor directed the Council Chairman to provide 20 bags of rice and 40 cartons of indomie to the students.
He also directed the immediate repairs of toilets and the school hall pending the general repairs of the school.
In her address, the Principal of the school, Mrs Maryam Namadi, said the school had been recording tremendous success in the West African Examination Council (WAEC) results sequel to the unwavering support of the governor in the payment of their examination fees.
According to her, due to the regular support of the governor in the payment of the school’s examination fees, the school has been recording over 95 per cent success in WAEC.
While appreciating the visit of the governor, the principal informed him that the school had over 800 students, with 461 who had so far resumed from the holidays.
Students of the school commended Bagudu for his unrelenting efforts in the payment of their WAEC examination fees.
The students, who made their position known through the Head Girl, Ms Habiba Dandare, also appreciated the visit of the governor, describing it as a source of encouragement and motivation.
“We are happy with your visit our father, we are doing well in our school because of you, we thank you so much for paying our school fees,” she said
Dandare appealed to the governor to renovate classes, dining hall, hostels and toilets in the school to provide a more conducive teaching and learning environment. (NAN)