UNICEF Opens New Field Office in Kano
By Alex Uangbaoje, Kano
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), has agreed to establish a new field office in Kano State, to serve Kano, Katsina and Jigawa states, according to the state Government.
Since August 2018, Kano State and UNICEF, started the processing of the new UNICEF field office by proposing Magwan Water Restaurant which was inspected by a team of Professionals and fully endorsed by UNICEF.
The State Governor Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje made the disclosure today while receiving the representatives of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) when the Country Representative, Mohammed Malick Fall paid him a Courtesy Visit at Government House.
Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje who was represented by his Deputy Dr. Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna said Kano State has become one of the most peace loving States that has been accommodating development partners and other officials from all over the world.
“For Kano State, it is very clear and considering that Kano is a very peaceful State and His Excellency is doing very well in terms of security and peace of the people of Kano State, that is why we are happy to welcome UNICEF to Kano state.
“I want to on behalf of His Excellency, inform you that he has approved for a befitting facility to serve as the new UNICEF office in Kano in a choice and prime area and one of the most secured places we have in the State” he said.
He expressed the readiness of the present administration to continue to collaborate with UNICEF and other development partners towards addressing the issues that affect the wellbeing of children and women.
“I want to assure you that this administration will do its possible best to fulfill all the requirements needed to ensure effective commencement of the UNICEF office and smooth collaboration with Kano state.
“By the time you move your office to kano, you will be very conversant with people of kano and on our part, we are going to make sure that you stay very comfortably here in Kano” he added.
Earlier, the UNICEF Country representative, Mohammed Malick Fall said they were at the Government House to discuss and officially inform the State authority on the move by the UNICEF to open a field office in Kano, noting that being in Kano would help in boosting their programmes to the other parts of the country.
“UNICEF is focusing more on result, result is linked to numbers and you know Kano is one of the densely populated states in the country, therefore, if one succeeds in Kano, you will be able to reach a large number of Children even beyond the population in the state.
“Some of the deprivations affecting children weather it is difficulty to access to health, difficulty to access to nutrition, difficulty to access to Sanitation and education services and all issues related to child protection, they all happen at a very large scale in mega cities or urban areas that we must work together to alleviate the sufferings of children” he disclosed.
He expressed optimism that Kano State would provide all the enabling environment and support to help in reaching out to a very large number of Children who needs UNICEF support the most.
The UNICEF Country Representative further thanked the administration of Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje for all the support and cooperation it has been according towards the success of UNICEF interventions support Programmes in the State.