Oyo Govt, FG, Moves to Support Girl Child Education

Oyo State government says plans are in place for the implementation of the Girl Child Programme, targeted at girls between ages 16 and 24 years.

The initiative, according to the Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Professor Musbau Babatunde is designed to comprehensively assist the girl child in the area of education concerns of girls across the country.

Professor Babatunde explained that the process of implementation would require the response of the girls resident in the state to a text message that would be sent to them.

“The main objective of the programme is to select nothing less than One Hundred and Fifty (150) female beneficiaries across the country who are between ages 16 and 24 years and have advanced in Senior Secondary School”, he said in a statement. 

The commissioner stated further that the program will be targeted at girls who had completed their senior secondary education with good grades in Mathematics and English, while their data would be mined from the National Social Register of the poor and vulnerable across the federation including the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.

He said the project would be supervised by the State Operations Coordinating Unit under the Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning.

Professor Babatunde appealed to residents with active phone numbers to attend to the text message, when they receive any.

“The intervention will use the call centre through 969 to address complaints from potential beneficiaries”.

Oyo State Government will implement the project in collaboration with TYDO-Leadership Academy, the National Social Safety Nets Coordinating Office (NASSCO) and Oyo State Operation Coordinating Unit (OYOSOCU).

Nafiu Busari

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