The chairman of the Gwadabawa Micro Finance Bank, Sokoto, Mallam Musa Lumu, has revealed the state government pays families to keep their daughters in school.
According to Lumu, over 10,120 families in the state received a stipend of N5,000 from the state government.
Lumu revealed on Sunday in Sokoto that his bank and four other Micro Finance Banks were handling the payments via a conditional cash transfer scheme introduced by the state government.
“The stipend is expected to support the families’ economies so as to discourage parents from sending their children to hawk. It will also assist the parents to provide kits and other minor demands that would enhance educational pursuit,” he said.
He said that the state government had invested much toward supporting child education programmes from basic to tertiary levels, and urged parents to take advantage of such gestures to educate their children.
Lumu said that the gesture by the government and development partners would encourage parents to send their wards to schools so as to prepare them to compete for opportunities in future.
He said that the state government had provided N500 million as counterpart funding toward executing UNICEF education projects comprising the cash transfer scheme and other interventions.