About 10,120 families are currently benefiting from the conditional cash transfer introduced by the state government to enhance girl child education in the state.
The former chairman of Gwadabawa local government area, Alhaji Musa Lumu, made this known in Sokoto, yesterday. He stated that the families were given N15, 000 each to allow the female children to go to school. He said governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has invested so much for ensuring sustainability of child education programmes and support from basic to tertiary levels in order to effectively move the state forward educationally.
According to him, the gesture by the government and development partners will encourage parents to send their wards to school and promote self serving solutions for backward in education sector from the grassroots.
He said each family was given N15, 000 to allow their girls go to school, provide school kits and avoid sending them for hawking. He explained that the families also use the cash as seed money to initiate minor business to generate income to sustain themselves and the girls’ education,” he stated.
He said the main objective of the cash transfer was to enhance girls enrollment in schools, alleviate poverty as well as income generation for girl child families and at the same time empower parent for sustainable development and future of their families.
Lumu stated that the Sokoto State government provided N500m as counterpart funding to UNICEF projects education component to sustain cash transfer among other interventions and ensure security of the children towards realising their educational dreams.
The former chairman disclosed that Gwadabawa Microfinance Bank which he was the chairman and other microfinance banks in Yabo and Goronyo local government areas and Nagarta were already handling the disbursement of the funds to the beneficiaries.
He described the scheme as a state government scale up action similar to cash transfer provided by DFID/UNICEF for four years in which 11,344 families benefited in six focal local government areas of the state.