Abba Yusuf, the governor of Kano State, has announced a N20,000 stipend for schoolgirls in the state in order to encourage them to attend school.
The governor made the news on Sunday during his Independence Day speech at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kofar Mata, Kano, saying that the pilot scheme would benefit around 45,000 schoolgirls.
He said, “To support girls’ education and encourage parents to send their daughters to school, we are issuing a stipend of N20,000 to over 45,000 girls as a pilot scheme to support them to continue schooling. We are also re-introducing the girl-child school buses to transport them to and from schools.”
Yusuf also announced that his administration would establish more primary and secondary schools across the 44 local government areas of the state “in our quest to mop up all out-of-school children roaming our streets.”
He added, “Schools are being renovated in batches; we are providing free uniforms, school bags, and shoes at the pilot stage, and we are providing free exercise books and textbooks to primary and junior secondary school pupils. And arrangements have reached an advanced stage in providing one free meal (per day) to primary school pupils.”
The governor also stated that his administration would finance 1001 first-class graduates to pursue Master’s degrees at universities abroad.
He reaffirmed his administration’s dedication and desire to address the country’s difficulties of unemployment, poverty, and youth unrest.
On the occasion of the nation’s independence anniversary, Yusuf paid glowing tribute to the great patriots and patriotic freedom warriors who risked all to ensure the nation’s freedom.