UNICEF selects 10 LGAs in Kano state for intervention

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The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has selected 10 local government areas in Kano state for the implementation of its programme this year.

Mrs Padmauathi Yedla, the UNICEF Chief, Katsina Field Office disclosed this during a meeting with the Kano State Government officials in Kano.

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.

Padmauathi 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 explained.

According to her, the ‘State Engagement Plan’ is expected to be signed by the Kano State Government and UNICEF officials on Wednesday 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.

Bilkisu Pai