When UNICEF offered 8,000 girls an opportunity to go back to school in Katsina State, it knew it would add value to their lives but did not know its intervention would be referred to as the genuine way of promoting girl-child education.

After the United Nation's agency made a donation of 160 million Naira to the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), the board's chairman, Lawal Buhari, commended UNICEF, saying “it is a major boost to girl-child education”.

The SUBEB chairman told the News Agency of Nigeria in Daura on Tuesday that the 8,000 girls would each receive 20,000 Naira from the money for books, uniforms, writing materials and other essential requirements for their education.

He said that the beneficiaries were from very poor families and were carefully selected from primary schools across the 34 local government areas of the state.

"We formed a committee that disbursed the money to the beneficiaries to ensure justice and fair play.

"It is a genuine way of promoting girl-child education," he said.

He advised the beneficiaries to concentrate on their studies and not allow anything to distract them.

The chairman said that the board would reach out to more donors “to add value to the education of our children.”

Buhari disclosed that the board had in the last two years constructed and renovated many schools including the nomadic schools in its efforts to expand access to education and provide conducive teaching and learning environment.

The board had recorded 89 per cent school enrolment in the last two years and recruited 1,500 additional primary school teachers.