World Bank to inject $700 million into adolescent girls' education in 19 states

World Bank to inject $700 million into adolescent girls' education in 19 states. CLICK NOW

World Bank to inject $700 million into adolescent girls' education in 19 states
World Bank to inject $700 million into adolescent girls' education in 19 states

The World Bank's Country Director for Nigeria, Shubham Chaudhuri, has revealed that the World Bank is set to inject $700 million into adolescent girls' education in 19 states across the country. This was revealed at the Parliamentary Summit on Accelerating Nigeria's Demographic Transition, organized by the Office of the President, the House of Representatives, and the National Population Committee, with the support of the World Bank in Abuja.

 According to him, the World Bank is committed to helping Nigeria empower girls and adolescents, adding that this will help the country achieve its demographic transition.  “The key, in some ways, to realizing Nigeria's demographic dividend is ensuring girls go to school,” he said. We have already provided $500 million in funding and are about to inject another $700 million in consensus funding for adolescent girls. It is about ensuring that adolescent girls go to school, get primary health care, and ensure the provision of maternal, child, and reproductive health care services. All of this will require government support. He further revealed that Nigeria is ranked the lowest in the world in terms of government spending and revenue, explaining that states will need more to provide basic services to their indigenous peoples.

The Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, noted the urgent need to accelerate Nigeria's demographic transition by providing jobs for young people, primary health care services and keeping teenage girls in school.

The President of the National Population Commission, Nasir Isa-Kwarra, in his welcome speech, said that the extraction of demographic dividend in Nigeria will not be automatic but will require each country to meet a certain number. The condition begins with the realization of "quick and rapid decline" in terms of fertility, a comprehensive way to allow the demographic transition to take enough place for an economic transition. This can only happen if we make the right choices.