The Bauchi State Government on Wednesday said it would encourage young school girls in the state to study science and technology like their male counterparts.
The state Commissioner for Science and Technology, Alhaji Bala Abdullahi, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Bauchi.
He added that government was also encouraging the girl-child to study vocational education courses in schools, preparatory to their future endeavours.
Abdullahi said the state government was planning massive awareness campaign as part of its efforts to provide opportunity for young girls to develop their potentials.
He said young girls had huge potentials that should not be left untapped for whatever reason.
“Like their male counterparts, they can do even better in the area of science and technology.
“As a gender sensitive administration, the state government saw the need to carry out massive sensitisation campaign to encourage our young girls to develop interest in science-related courses to maximise their God’s given potentials.
“We hope to achieve this noble objective through the Nigerian Girls Education Initiative (NGEI) which seeks to improve policies, planning, programme and budgeting for girls’ education ,’’ he said.
The commissioner explained that the objective of NGEI was in line with the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative, launched in Senegal in 2000, to achieve gender parity in education and women empowerment.
He said the state government launched the initiative in 2008 and had gone further to include married women as one of its target groups.
“After a survey conducted in the state, government in 2009 established six secondary schools primarily for married women in six local government areas of the state as pilot scheme.
“The schools were particularly located in the six emirates of the state namely, Bauchi, Katagum, Misau, Jama’are, Ningi and Dass, “ he said.
The commissioner said that to achieve best result, government had awarded contracts for the construction of standard laboratories in the schools at N8.8 million.
He said N15 million was also approved for the supply of chemicals and equipment for the laboratories.
“Another N970,000, was spent on the purchase of home economics equipment which had been distributed to secondary schools in the state to enhance skills acquisition at secondary school level.’’
Abdullahi said Gov. Isa Yuguda-led administration was doing a lot to transform the education sector, particularly in the area of science and technology.
“I am assuring you that the state government will continue to give the girl-child education the needed attention until the MDGs education for all is attained.” (NAN)
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