• The UNICEF has set a target of attracting additional one million girls to school in five northern states under the third phase of its Girl Child Education Project?.

    The Chief Field Office UNICEF Kaduna, Mr Utpal Moitra, stated this on Wednesday at the flag off of the 2015 Enrolment Drive Campaign in Minna.

    “Let me emphasize that the GEP 3 project has a target of atrracting additional 1 million girls to school from the 5 GEP states of Niger, Katsina, Sokoto, Zamfara and Bauchi.

    “One of the mechanisms of achieving this target is through the yearly enrolment drive campaigns done under the auspices of the ministry of education and the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB),” he said.

    Moitra noted that the overall goal was to improve social and economic opportunity for girls in northern Nigeria.

    He called on the Niger State Government to invest heavily in girl child education so as to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s)?.

    In his remarks, the state deputy governor, Alhaji Ahmed Ketso, who flagged off the campaign, restated the state government resolve to an improved and all inclusive access to qualitative education at all levels.

    The Girl Education Project, which is being implemented by UNICEF, with the support of DFID, was introduced in 2005?. (NAN)

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