Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State has inaugurated the disbursement of over N4.906 billion grant to about 188 secondary schools across the 34 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the State.
In his remarks at the event on Tuesday at Abukur, Rimi LGA, the governor said each of the schools would receive N26.1 million grant to support vulnerable students.
He said that the grant, which was got through the Adolescent Girls Initiative for Learning and Empowerment (AGILE) project was part of the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) programme.
Masari said, “From the inception of this administration in 2015, education has been receiving top priority by the state government.
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“This was due to the fact that the future of the state in particular, and that of the nation in general are determined by the level of education of the citizens.
“In this regard, we will continue to provide an enabling environment for effective teaching and learning in elementary, secondary and tertiary institutions across the state.”
The governor said that his administration was providing a conducive atmosphere for the enrollment of school-age children into schools to ensure that equal opportunity was given to all the indigenes of the state.
He added that the AGILE project was one of the many in the state championed by his administration in collaboration with international development partners like the World Bank.
The governor said that the project was designed to bridge the gap between the completion of primary school education and the transition to secondary education, especially for adolescent girls.
Earlier in his remarks, the Coordinator of the AGILE project in the state, Alhaji Mustapha Shehu, said over 37,758 vulnerable households benefited from the CCT project in the state.
He explained that the beneficiaries were identified across the state through the Poverty and Micro Economic Quintile that was done under the project in 2021. (NAN)
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