2018 Intervention: We’ve Spent Over N1.2b in Kaduna State – UNICEF
By Alex Uangbaoje, Kaduna
United Nations Children’s Fund, (UNICEF) on Wednesday disclosed that it has so far spent over N1.2B naira this year alone in its various intervention programs in Kaduna State.
Dr. Zakari Adam, UNICEF Chief of field office, Kaduna who disclosed this at the ongoing UNICEF – Kaduna State 2018 End-year Review and Work Planning, listed the areas of interventions as, Education, WASH, Nutrition, HIV/AIDS among others.
Zakari who commended the Kaduna State Government for their commitment towards the interventions however called for more improvement to enable the stakeholders achieve more.
The chief said, “Our partnership with Kaduna State Government is seen everywhere and it is the best example of collaboration with states.
“The commitment of state authorities is very commendable. We can see that through our daily work and activities how committed is the state Governor, leading and showing example of things that are needed to achieve and i have seen so many from my visits to the field.
“Of course there is room for improvement in getting more done. The day you will not have a reflection on how to improve what you are doing, you will not achieve more than what you have already achieved.
” So our engagement with government is on how to achieve more than what we are already doing.”
On the amount of money involved in the various interventions in the state, Zakari said, ” for now we can say UNICEF had spent 1.2 billion naira for this year in the state approximately. But in the coming days we will put everything together.”
He also explained that the Kaduna field office is covering, Nasarawa and Niger states “and in the coming year we will be covering Kwara”.
According to him, “What we are trying to do is to go back to the plan set for 2018, now that you have executed those programs, to question the achievements and come out with a better understanding of the achievements, challenges and ensure that these challenges are analysed and ensure that various challenges faced throughout the year are not repeated again next year.
“This is about the review of 2018 and planning for 2019., so far we have achieved results in the various programs and we also faced challenges and looked deeper into the challenges and analyse the situation and after that we will be able to know if we have gotten value for money.” He said.