Federal Govt Hails UNICEF, FCDO As GEP3 Enrolls Additional 1.5m Girls


The Federal Government of Nigeria has commended the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) of the UK, for improving and providing access to education for the girl child through Girls’ Education Programme Phase 3 (GEP3).

The Minister of State for Education, Goodluck Opiah, made the commendation in Abuja on Thursday, at the closing ceremony marking the end of GEP3, which commenced in Nigeria in 2012.

The project, which officially came to an end on Thursday, was piloted in six States of the federation, namely Katsina, Sokoto, Niger, Zamfara, Kano and Bauchi and was introduced and implemented by UNICEF and funded by the UKaid.

At the national closing ceremony of GEP3 held in Abuja, the partners reported that the programme’s investment of $109 million yielded positive results in enrolling an additional 1.5 million girls into school, far exceeding the project’s target.

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Source: Leadership Newspaper