As part of plans to increase support in all areas of intervention that concerns children and women, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), on Friday signed N2.5 billion 2018 support funds with the Niger State Government for implementation of programmes.
Dr Zakari Adam, the Chief Field Officer of UNICEF, Kaduna, said at the signing ceremony in Minna that the organisation would continue to build and improve on the long term collaboration with the state government.
He explained that UNICEF was in partnership with the state government in three programmes which included health, nutrition and education, in addition to sectoral support in communication development and external relations.
Adam commended the state government for its revitalisation of Primary Health Care facilities per ward, noting that the state would continue to remain polio free through the commitment to the polio eradication initiative of the state task force on immunisation.
He also commended the governor for his commitment to mobilising domestic resources to finance nutrition and the release of N10 million for procurement of Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) in 2017.
“We want to appeal to Mr Governor to make provision for adequate counterpart funding for the procurement of RUTF in the annual budget and ensure timely release of budgeted funds for RUTF,” he said.
Adam pledged that UNICEF would continue to support the state security apparatus for innovative programming in emergency as part of the humanitarian response to some issues in local councils.
He appealed to the governor to ensure timely release of funds so as to scale up intervention in health, nutrition and education while jointly providing necessary services to enhance government and UNICEF collaboration.
Responding, Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger commended UNICEF for the long existing partnership with the state and called for continuous collaboration on areas of intervention involving children and women.
The governor, who urged UNICEF to ensure full implementation and funding of the 2018 state engagement plan in the state, gave an assurance that the state would pay its counterpart fund.
A 26 year-old Miss Sophia Amaka, quit her job as a secretary to become a shoe maker, to satisfy her passion for making shoes. Amaka said that she took the bold step to quit her job as a secretary in 2016, to venture into shoe making business, because she wanted to be unique. According to […]
President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday, praised the “collective efforts” of troops and other security agencies in the country’s terrorist-troubled North-East region. Buhari while addressing the troops during his visit to Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, said the efforts of the gallant men and women have resulted in the “relative peace” enjoyed by Yobe, Borno, Adamawa, […]
The Federal Government has reaffirmed its commitment to the success of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC). Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Akin Dare, gave the reassurance yesterday while inaugurating the Ambassador Fatima Abubabar-led national governing board of the scheme in Abuja. He said the programme had contributed immensely to national unity and […]
The Industrial Training Fund ITF has paid a total sum of N1.9 billion as students and supervisory allowance under the Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme SIWES and as well developed a website dedicated to SiWES to reduce the person to person contact. The Director-General of ITF Sir, Joseph Ari who disclosed this during the visit […]
By Habila Victor As parts of his efforts in ensuring national security, sound policies and creating peaceful atmosphere for sustainable development, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state has set up a committee of experts and concerned stakeholders to take stock of all herdsmen from Kano state. He reveals that during an interactive session at […]
I ‘ve what it takes to fight Boko Haram, bandits – Gen. Yahaya The House of Representatives, Tuesday, mandated the newly appointed Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Maj. Gen. Farouk Yahaya, to end the threats of insecurity in the country, if confirmed by the National Assembly. The House said the war against insurgency in the […]
The National President of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), Anderson Ezeibe has faulted the Federal Government’s position to upgrade some polytechnics to universities, saying such a plan particularly at this period is a misplaced priority. He also said the establishment of new polytechnics by the government or granting of license to private operators […]
The Shehu of Borno, members of the State and National Assembly, and security heads have paid tributes to the Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum on Saturday for undertaking 556 projects in two years. Glowing tributes were paid in a separate remarks during a ceremony marking the Democracy Day held at the Multipurpose auditorium of […]
The FCT Police Command has arrested five (5) suspects for kidnapping along Tungan-maje, Bwari and Kwali-Kuje axis. A statement by ASP Yusuf Mariam, Public Relations Officer named the suspects to include Usman Musa 20years, Bello Musa 21years and Haruna Alhassan 22years all male. They were arrested by Police Operatives from the Command’s Anti-Kidnapping Squad during […]
By Habila Victor Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state has urged all regional and ethnic associations in the country to start and hasten a process for organising a national summit for national integration, for the development of the country. Observing that “Our differences should be the source of our strength and a window for […]