UNICEF Targets 10 Kano LGAs for 2018 Intervention Programmes
Alex Uangbaoje, Kano
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said it has selected 10 local government areas in Kano state for the implementation of its intervention programmes in 2018.
UNICEF, Katsina Chief Field Officer, Padmavathi Yedla, disclosed this during a meeting with the Kano State Government officials in Kano on Friday.
She said the Fund would implement its programme in the areas of addressing malnutrition in children, provision of safe drinking water, health, education as well as improving access to girl-child education.
“We are going execute our education programme in six local government areas while the other programmes will be carried out in all the 10 LGAs, “She said.
She said the selected local government areas include Bichi, Dawakin Tofa, Nasarawa, Kano Municipal, Ungoggo, Gaya, Takai, Sumaila, Danbatta and Gwarzo.
She said the UNICEF team which had been in Kano state for the past five days, had met with the state officials with a view to discussing the criteria for the implementation of programmes.
“We visited the selected local government areas to develop the 2018 programme. We also sat down with the officials to finalise arrangement for the take-off of the programme,“ Padmauathi said.
She said the ‘State Engagement Plan’ is expected to be signed by the Kano State Government and Unicef officials on Wednesday next week to formalise the agreement.
In his remarks, the state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Alhaji Murtala Sule-Garo said the state government would collaborate with Unicef in four key areas this year.
He listed the areas to include: education, Nutrition, reducing early marriage as well as on routine immunization.
The Commissioner added that the Fund had also agreed to select five local government areas to provide 100 additional boreholes in each of the areas.
“They have given us the criteria for selection of the areas which include population, N1millon counterpart fund and presence of other International Development partners.
The meeting was attended by state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Alhaji Murtala Sule-Garo and Chairmen of the 10 local councils attended the meeting.