The United States Agency for International Development, Nigeria, said on Thursday that it would invest $100m in the education sector of the country, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

Team Leader, Education, for the organisation, Mrs. Jill Jupiter-Jones, made the plan known in an interview in Abuja.

USAID is the US Government international organisation providing economic, development and humanitarian assistance around the world.

Jupiter-Jones said the money would be allocated to five North-Western states of Jigawa, Kano, Kaduna, Katsina and Sokoto to boost education.

According to her, the focus is on the northern part of the country because the rate of education in the area is the lowest, particularly the issue of girl-child education

Jupiter-Jones added that the project would be carried out in collaboration with some development partners, such as UNICEF, Japan International Corporation Agency and Britain’s Department for International Development.

She said, “We are designing projects in five states in Nigeria: Kano, Kaduna, Jigawa, Sokoto and Katsina, through the Global Partnership for Education.

“One hundred million dollars will be divided amongst these states to carry out a lot of activities that would improve the educational sector of the country.

“We will invest money into these states to fill in gaps that state governments cannot fill.

“We are working together with JICA, UNICEF and DFID.”

She said the application process for the fund would be ready by mid-September and that the funds would be released in 2014.