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Advocacy for northern states to formulate policies to sustain CTP

Advocacy for northern states to formulate policies to sustain CTP

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By Raphael Jov
The Cash Transfer Programme was initiated by the United Nations Children’s Fund to reduce the number of out school children especially the girl child in Northern Nigeria.
This is as studies indicated that poverty is key among reasons children are not in school in that part of the country.
The programme which support mothers with a paltry sum of 500 naira termly per child is being implemented in Sokoto, Kebbi, katsina, Niger and Zamfara States with estimation of having about 21, 400 beneficiaries by the year 2020.
While the UNICEF report indicates that over 23, 000 girls are currently engaged in school, through the CTP, one key issue of concern rests on the sustainability of the programme in the benefiting states when the donor agency finally pulls out.
For the Sokoto State Commissioner for Higher Education, Dr. Muhammad Kilgori, the state has taken it further by institutionalising ownership of the programme with a budgeted sum of over 1billion naira.
He also added that the programme has helped to reduce cases of out of school children in the state by 37℅.
While there is no doubt that the CTP is a laudable policy that should be extended to other parts of the country, observers believe that with the required political will especially from state governors, the nation’s basic education sub sector in no distant time will attract high attendance rate.
This is as studies indicated that poverty is key among reasons children are not in school in that part of the country.

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