BAKORI – The Acting Regional Director of UNICEF’s West and Central Africa office, Mr Manuel Fontaine, on Wednesday reiterated the organisation’s commitment toward supporting girl-child education.
Fontaine gave the indication at an interactive session with beneficiaries of the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) Scheme at Liman Primary School in Bakori Local Government Area in Katsina.
He expressed satisfaction with the condition in which he met the beneficiaries of the scheme.
According to him, the objective of the visit is to have direct contact with girls enrolled in the school and enjoying support from the scheme.
Fontaine also commended the state government for its investment on education, and stressed that UNICEF would continue to promote the rights and wellbeing of every child.
In her remark, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Girl Child Education, Hajia Bilkisu Kaikai, expressed appreciation over the visit.
Kaikai said that the visit had further encouraged government officials, beneficiaries and their families.
She noted that the programme had begun to yield positive result in girl-child enrolment in schools and impacted on the peoples’ lives.
About 959 pupils are benefiting from the CCT scheme aimed at promoting girl-child education.
The pilot project of the programme is being implemented in nine selected local government areas in the state.
Based on the arrangement, only girls who fulfilled the condition of 80 per cent attendance in school would continue to benefit from the N5, 000 support every quarter.
It would be recalled that the state government released funds for disbursement to girl-child in selected primary schools under its CCT programme. (NAN)