UNICEF Engages Kwara Govt. On Intervention Programmes For Children

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), says it will engage the Kwara government on necessary intervention programmes for children in the state.

Dr Zakari Adam, Chief of Field Office, UNICEF, Kaduna, said this during the discussions and review of various policies on children welfare in the state.

Adam explained that all the discussions and presentations from various ministries in the state, had afforded UNICEF a better understanding of the programme related to children’s rights.

“With the knowledge on ground, UNICEF will fine-tune the programme and all secretariat will collate the presentations and group them together to come up with reports on how to continue,” he said.

He said there would be need for engagement and agreement on interventions programmes through meetings, which would ensure minimum package of intervention.

He added that there would also be a mid-year review for all state under UNICEF, Kaduna.

According to him, the mid -year review will come up around July, which will help to identify areas that cannot be pushed aside.
Mr Oladapo Samuel, State Director, Monitoring and Evaluation, Ministry of Planning and Economic Development, expressed optimism on the positive outcome from the meetings.
“It is good that UNICEF is returning back to the state, the organisation is ‘frank and honest’.

“They have made us to realize that they are not messiah, as they equally have challenges, but that they are here to assist and support,” he said.
Various presentations from the Kwara Ministries complained of paucity of funds and inadequate training of health care workers in the state.

Various presentations from the Kwara Ministries complained of paucity of funds and inadequate training of health care workers in the state.

The Ministry of Health identified the challenges of poor attitude of health workers and poorly funded social mobilisation activities.

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