By Mustapha Salisu
Kano state Governor, Engineer Abba Kabir Yusuf has flagged-Off the distribution of ATM cards for conditional cash transfer totalling 917 million naira to 45,850 girls under the Adolescent Girls Initiative for Learning and Empowerment (AGILE) that was held at the Government Girls Secondary School Janguza in Tofa local government.
This was contained in a press statement by the acting Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Hisham Habib on Friday.
According to the Governor, the beneficiaries were drawn from 19 local governments of the state that are educationally less developed and the project includes the provision of stipends, rehabilitation and construction of classrooms for effective teaching and learning.
The Governor reiterated the commitment of his administration towards improving the education sector saying, “as promised during the campaigns, we will ensure the implementation of free education with the provision of what is needed to ensure its workability so as for the school-age children to be educated” the Governor reiterated.
On the illegal collection of fees by schools administrators, the Governor warned, “I want to use this opportunity to sternly warn schools administrators to stop illegal levies collection as education is free in the state.
The state government will not fold it’s arms to watch continuation of the ugly trend and all concerned parties must take note and comply.” The Governor warned.
Earlier, the project coordinator on AGILE Conditional Cash Transfer in Kano state, Alh Nasiru Abdullahi Kwalli said the program is a tripartite project between the Federal government, Kano state government and the World bank that was aimed at creating new safe learning spaces and improving existing infrastructure in secondary schools.
Alh Nasiru kwalli maintained that the project was meant to foster an enabling environment for girls and projects and system strengthening.