The Community Led Collective Action for girl child Education (C-CAGE) has commended the Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri led government for improving schools’ infrastructure and employing more teachers with the concomitant increase in girl child re-enrollment back to school.
Stating the position Friday at a press briefing in Yola, the executive director, African Center For Leadership Strategy and Development (centre LSD), Mr. Monday Osasah said that his organization deemed it right to commend the state government for acceding and taking forward the organisation’s advocacy asks on the C-CAGE project in the state.
” We want to begin by commending the state government for acceding and taking forward our advocacy asks on the project which is at its second year of implementation.
” Early in the year, we advocated and engaged the state government that following our series of engagements with community, parents and education stakeholders including the School Based Management Committee (SBMC) members, there was an upsurge in the enrollment of girls who dropped out previously due to factors relating to poverty, cultural norms, insecurity etc.
” Before the lockdown, 410 girls were re-enrolled back to school in the three focal communities of Maiha, Song and Numan local government areas.
” This triggered the concerns for structure and teachers in respective schools which the state government promised to look into.
” We are happy to report that the government has not only provided structures, it has also started teachers’ recruitment process into schools across the state.
” On structure, 20 schools were renovated with 18 new constructions. In Numan, the number of renovated and constructed school is 17. As school reopen, the number of drop out girls returning to school based on our intervention in Song LGA stands at 100. In Maiha the number is 62, and in Numan, the number is 80. Total going back to school is now (100+62+80= 242),” he said.
Osasah who also commended chairmen of the three focal local governments said the chairmen in their renewed commitment to ensure the success of the project have promised to allocate certain percentage of their budget to the education of the girl child adding that they have also promised to institutionalize the process so as to ensure continuity even after serving out their terms of office.