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FG boosts World Bank-assisted girls’ education with $700m

The Federal Government is boosting World Bank’s $500 million funding for Adolescent Girls Initiative for Learning and Empowerment (AGILE) project with $700 million.

The Nigerian government’s boost raises the tally to $1.2 billion.

Communications officer of AGILE, Linda Irabor, stated in Abuja on Sunday that the boost would enhance efforts at improving senior secondary education and empowerment opportunities for adolescent girls.

She stated that 11 state governments had indicated interest to participate in the AGILE project, a World Bank-assisted project of the Federal Government.

She noted that the new funding level made the project one of the biggest World Bank-sponsored, gender-focused projects in West Africa.

Irabor also quoted the minister of education, Adamu Adamu, to have expressed delight at the additional funding of the project.

Adamu said that the funding was motivated by the successes recorded in the current implementing states, especially in the utilisation of the school improvement grants, and conditional cash transfer scholarships.

The minister urged more states showing interest in the project to put the necessary measures in place to qualify to participate, Irabor stated.

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At an earlier outing, the AGILE Task Team Lead, Aisha Garba, presented an overview of the project and enlightened states on the requirements to participate in the project.

Irabor stated that Garba emphasised the need for interested states to evolve more enabling policies for senior secondary education in their respective territories.

In her presentation, the national project coordinator of AGILE, Amina Haruna, also urged the states to put all the necessary measures in place to meet the criteria to participate and benefit from the AGILE project.

Haruna said that it would also serve as an opportunity for the states to improve upon the lives of adolescent girls in their localities.

Irabor stated that Yobe commissioner for basic and secondary education, Muhammad Idris, bemoaned the lack of adequate advocacy on girl-child education in the northern parts of the country.

While pledging the commitment of Yobe to put the necessary measures in place to qualify to participate in the AGILE project, Idris called for increased enlightenment on girl-child education in the region.

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