The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has unveiled the Federal Government’s plan for every Nigerian child.
Osinbajo said the Federal Government’s plan and purpose is to ensure that no Nigerian child is denied access to basic education.
He spoke on Tuesday at the National Dialogue Forum on the Girl-Child in Nigeria, themed “Towards A Girl-Friendly Nigeria.”
The event was organized by the Women Arise for Change Initiative in collaboration with the African Child Policy Forum, Ethiopia.
Highlighting the efforts of the Buhari administration in the area of improving access to education for the girl child in Nigeria, Osinbajo said the Federal Government has “committed in word and deed to education so as to ensure that no child is denied access to free basic education.”
“We believe that free and compulsory education of girls is game-changing in many respects, as it has been empirically shown to positively impact age of marriage, and even maternal and infant mortality,” he said.
He disclosed that the Federal Executive Council, FEC, had approved a credit facility of about $500 million to finance the Adolescent Girls Initiative for Learning and Empowerment Project.
Osinbajo explained that the project was aimed at improving secondary education opportunities among girls.
“In 2020 the Federal Executive Council approved a World Bank credit facility in the sum of $500 million to finance the Adolescent Girls Initiative for Learning and Empowerment Project, to improve secondary education opportunities among girls in targeted areas of participating States, which are Borno, Ekiti, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi and Plateau.
“The project is aimed at creating safe and accessible learning spaces, advancing an enabling environment for girls, and strengthening the institutional capacity of the Federal and State governments to support girls’ education and empowerment,” he said.