AGILE conducts maiden bi-annual media roundtable in Sokoto

By Muhammad Ibrahim, Sokoto

The Adolescent Girl Initiative and Empowerment, AGILE, project has held its maiden bi-annual media roundtable Sokoto.

In attendance were representatives of media organizations, line ministries and parastatals and other stakeholders as well.

It could be recalled that on the 7th of June 2024, the state Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Muhammad Tukur Alkali had said Sokoto state government earmarked N150 million as counterpart fund and N50 million for the takeoff of the programme.

Speaking at the brief ceremony, representative of the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, the Director Education Resource Center Malam Bashir Ibrahim pointed the importance of media in shaping activities especially those that have relevance to the socio-economic styles of vast population.

In their goodwill messages, the Directors Planning, Research and Statistics of line ministries and parastatals pointed out the importance of media in achieving success especially the struggle to improve girl-child education in Nigeria and thanked Sokoto state government for its foresight on the role and importance of gender education in the state.

The State Programme Coordinator, Dr. Mansur Isah Buhari while presenting an overview of the AGILE Project highlighted that it is targeting 387 schools in Sokoto and about 20 million young girls in Nigeria.

He also explained that Sokoto state government supported by World Bank would transform and make women education in the state vibrant so much so that more enrollments of women would be involved in policy and decision making bodies.

He further asserted that one of the mistakes organizations, government establishments, NGOs, etc make is neglecting the power of media in their activities.

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Dr. Mansur also discussed economic, religious, social and political roles and implications on girl-child education.

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