The Ondo state government has said it is working assiduously to create an enabling environment for the girl-child education in the state to prevent early parenthood.
Acting Governor Agboola Ajayi stated this Saturday in Akure during a presentation by the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) on how to harness demographic dividends (DD) in the state.
DD is the accelerated economic gains that a country or zone can achieve when the proportion of its population that is of working age is greater than the proportion that is not economically engaged.
Ajayi noted that educating the girl-child would prevent early parenthood and sexually-transmitted diseases as well as create skilled workforce.
“Apart from free education which the state practises, the state-owned tertiary institutions paid the lowest fees in the South-west geo-political zone, in order to make education available to all.
“Government is not taking education and health of its citizens for granted, as huge sums of money are committed to the sectors,” he said.