Kebbi Government Adopts UNICEF “Faith for Life” Handbook for Advocacy
By Alex Uangbaoje, Birnin Kebbi
Kebbi State Government on Wednesday adopted an advocacy document ‘Faith for Life’, developed by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), aimed at increasing awareness for Health, Education and other areas of UNICEF interventions in the state.
The governor of the state, Senator Atiku Bagudu, at the formal lunching of the document, during the Advocacy and Community Engagement Workshop in Birnin Kebbi, noted that the document is a manual that will enable the communities to support UNICEF in all their development drive in the state.
The governor commended UNICEF, Sokoto Field Office for the initiative and pledged his government’s commitment at ensuring the implementation of all the sections of the document.
He said the religious and traditional rulers in the state are ready to help drive advocacy as recommended by the document, adding that the traditional and religious leaders are doing very well in supporting the government as they already have the foundation.
Senator Bagudu, added that community efforts are key in advocating for issues that directly affect the people, saying “when we do it ourselves it makes life more meaningful for us.”
Earlier in his address, Mohammad Mohiuddin, Chief of UNICEF Sokoto Field Office, said the “Faith for Life” handbook for Islam and Christian Religious Leaders was developed with inputs from Muslim and Christian faith Scholars and technical experts from Maternal Newborn and Child Health (MNCH), Nutrition, Education and other aspects that concerns women and children.
“Verses from the Quran and Hadith and the Bible, related to maternal and child survival, development and protection are carefully selected and compiled which provide the spiritual basis for promoting the high impact interventions.
“With guidance from the handbooks, religious and traditional leaders are expected to take the lead in providing the best opportunities to ensure that children get the best opportunities in life for them to survive, develop and grow to their full potential. He explained.