Kaduna State to receive $21m grant from World Bank

Asmau Halilu, Kaduna

Kaduna State Government is set to benefit twenty one million dollar grant from the 100m dollar project under Nigeria Partnership for Education Project NIPEP in partnership with UNICEF and USAID.

This was stated by the World Bank representative, Mr Olatunde Adekola during the flag-off ceremony in Kaduna, Northwest Nigeria.

Mr. Adekola said the global partnership for Education GPE is aimed at improving education service delivery and to strengthen and deepen interaction between the bank and development partners.

He said the GPE which is a project with development partners between USAID, UNICEF and UNESCO carefully selected five states from the Northern region which include Sokoto, Katsina, Kano, Kaduna and Jigawa

“This project is about partnership and collaboration within state Government system and non state actors, we want to strengthen the relationship between the state, Federal and local Government,” he explained.

In his remark, the National coordinator NIPEP, Mr. Joseph Achede said, this is the first time Nigeria is accessing grant for the girl child education and promised the project will get children back to school especially girls.

Mr. Achede commended Gov El-rufai on the landmark event as the fourth state to launch NIPEP in Nigeria.

In his key note address, Kaduna State Governor, Nasiru El-rufai said, the global partnership for education which seeks to support education in the state in the next four years will go a long way in solving several challenges in the sector.

The Governor said the twenty one million Dollar grant to be received would be used to restructure over four thousand primary schools across the State.

Governor El-Rufai said the project will expand access to basic quality education in the state, build human capital to get all children in school, improve the learning environment and empower teachers to the best conditions of service and skills.

“To achieve this, we all need to appreciate the magnitude of the work required, make the attitudinal changes to get all children in school and to stop the premature withdrawal of girls from schools and support children to be fully quipped in learning,” the governor added.

The Governor added that, in a bid to improve the standard of learning and encourage school enrollment, he has signed into law a bill that prohibit street hawking and begging in Kaduna state with effect from September 2016.