The Kano State Governor, Abba Yusuf, has announced a stipend of N20,000 for schoolgirls in the state to encourage them to attend school.
The governor, who disclosed this on Sunday in his Independence Day speech, said over 45,000 schoolgirls would benefit from the pilot scheme.
Yusuf also said the government will re-introducing the girl-child school buses to transport them to and from schools and that his administration would establish more primary and secondary schools across the 44 local government areas of the state as part of efforts to mop up all out-of-school children roaming the streets.
“Schools are being renovated in batches. We are providing free uniforms, school bags, and shoes at the pilot stage. We are providing free exercise books and textbooks to primary and Junior Secondary School pupils. And arrangements have reached an advanced stage to provide one free meal (per day) to primary school pupils.”
The governor said his administration would also be sponsoring 1001 first-class graduates to study for Master’s degrees at universities abroad.
He restated the commitment and determination of his administration to tackle the challenges of unemployment, poverty, and youth restiveness bedevilling the State.