Sokoto targets 1.4m new intakes in schools
A total of 1.4 million new intakes have been targeted for school enrolment in the next one year in Sokoto.
Governor Aminu Tambuwal disclosed this at the flag-off of the enrollment drive and official launch of the state cash transfer scheme, the Nigerian Partnership for Education Project and the Early Childhood Development centres (ECD) at Riji village in Rabah local government area.
He stated, “The enrolment drive is a high level advocacy mechanism which ensures that all stakeholders partake in ensuring effective awareness and mobilization of parents, guardians, communities, religious and traditional leaders as well as the school based management committees on the importance of enrolling all schoolage children into schools.”
Tambuwal said government would regularly track and monitor attendance of enrolled children in their respective schools as part of their oversight responsibilities.
In a remark , UNICEF’s acting chief of field office for Sokoto, Zamfara and Kebbi, Mr. Paul Mudzondo, said apart from campaign for enrolment, government had provided stipends to poor families to support enrolment and maintenance of children, especially girls, in schools.
Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Sokoto state, Dr. Jabbi Kilgore, noted the planning and implementation process for the enrolment drive to include working with state legislators and religious leaders as well as partnering with the media and collaborating with the national Population Commission for data of new births in various communities.