The Government of Oyo State is set to commence a girl-child programme, targeting girls between the ages of 16 and 24.
This development was disclosed by the Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Prof. Musbau Babatunde on Tuesday in Ibadan.
According to Babatunde, the programme will be implemented by the state government in association with TYDO-Leadership Academy, the National Social Safety Nets Coordinating Office (NASSCO) and Oyo State Operation Coordinating Unit (OYOSOCU).
He noted that the programme whose process was for residents of the state alone was designed to extensively address the education needs of girls across Nigeria.
“The main objective of the programme is to select nothing less than 150 female beneficiaries across the country who are between ages 16 and 24 years and have advanced in Senior Secondary School,” he said.
Babatunde stated that the programme would accommodate girls who have completed Senior Secondary Education with good grades in Mathematics and English, and would be selected from the National Social Register of the Poor and Vulnerable across the 36 states of the federation including the FCT.
He added that the project would be supervised by the state Operations Coordinating Unit, under the watch of the Oyo State Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning.
The unit, the Commissioner said, would oversee the distribution of about 150,000 SMS, while responses would be received in Abuja.
He urged residents with active phone numbers to respond to SMS when they receive any.
“The intervention would use the call centre through 969 to address complaints from potential beneficiaries,” he said.
He further advised concerned individuals to leverage the opportunity given to Oyo State.
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