Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state has said that girl-child education in the state is recording tremendous improvement, as the recent school enrolment in the state has shown that the number of girls admitted into public schools is at par with that of boys.
“This is because of our numerous incentives to promote girl-child education, particularly the free education for girls’ policy,” the state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, announced.
The governor made the disclosure during the official handing over of Sai’du Dan Maiki Girls Secondary School, constructed by Giwa Getso Foundation, in Kutama, Gwarzo local government area.
He said the government is determined to boost girl-child education as part of a grand design to accelerate economic development and ensure a “refined social order” in the state.
“The Minister of Women Affairs is here to encourage you to acquire education. The minister is a lawyer and a former judge, who nearly became the governor of Taraba state. You can also attend school and become of help to your families and communities just like her,” the governor maintained.
Governor Ganduje stated that his administration initiated state and local government Education Promotion Committees to revitalize education and to stimulate community participation in the sector, in view of the burden on the government.
The governor thanked Giwa Foundation for its philanthropic gestures, urging others to emulate the NGO. He also urged beneficiaries of its benevolence to make best use of the facilities provided to improve their living standards.
In her remarks, the Minister of Women Affairs, Hajiya Aisha Jummai Alhassan, who focused on the federal government’s poverty alleviation programmes for women, appealed to girls in Kano to pay more attention to education, in view of its importance in the scheme of things.
On his part, chairman of Giwa Getso Foundation, Alhaji Bala Muhammad, who dwelt on activities of the foundation, announced plan to construct a tertiary technical institute as part of its contribution to empower youths in the state.
Meanwhile, Governor Ganduje commissioned a multi-million naira Gesto Township Water Supply project, also in Gwarzo local government area, provided by Giwa Getso Foundation.