Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, yesterday called on all tiers of government in the country to encourage girl-child education through the use of special incentives.
He also said that government need to lay more emphasis on achieving qualitative education for all Nigerian children rather than concentrating on the quantity of students enrollment alone.
Saraki according to a statement by Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, in Abuja, stated this during an interactive and advocacy meeting with 70 school girls drawn from eight states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) who visited him as part of activities to mark this year’s International Day of the Girl Child.
The states are Sokoto, Zamfara, Bauchi, Katsina, Kebbi, Niger, Bayelsa, Ebonyi and the FCT.
The students who were led by the Girls’ Education Manager of the United Nations Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF) in Nigeria, Teija Vallandingham, also posed questions bordering on education, welfare, safety and protection of the girl child in the country to the Senate President during the interactive session.