Nigeria : Zamfara community lauds UNICEF for declaring 26 communities Open defecation free
By Mohammad Ibrahim
May 17, Abuja: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Department for International Development (DFID) have been commended for providing interventions at Yandoto-Daji community of Tsafe Local Government Area in Zamfara State Northwest Nigeria.
UNICEF in particular was also commended for certifying 26 communities in Yandoto village as Open Defecation free (ODF). The communities are now certified with over 23,096 people now have access to safe drinking water. About 70% of their children are registered at birth and the numbers of women attending Antenatal are increasing. Yandoto-Daji Model Primary School is currently benefiting from UNICEF's intervention in the areas of Health, Nutrition WASH and Education where over 1,215 pupils of the school are receiving support through a convergence programme. School Based Management Committee (SBMC) Chairman in the village Lawali. S. Tasha told UNICEF team led by the Country Representative, in Nigeria, Mohamed Malick Fall, who was the community on a working visit, that UNICEF interventions has improved performance of the pupils. "Before the UNICEF support we had low level of pupils enrolment in our school, poor sanitation, indiscriminate defecation habit, large number of malnourished children, low turn out to immunisation and so on. "UNICEF, supplied us with furnitures, school uniforms, boxes for teaching materials.
All these, increased enrolment of girls from 889 to 1,434, with a total number of students enrolment from 2,762 to 3,798. " UNICEF also supported in providing improved latrines both in the school and the community where over 7,280 population now have access to latrines as against the 3,352 with access before the intervention," he said The SBMC Chairman, thanked UNICEF for all they have done in their community, assuring their guest of their continued partnership, adding, "we will make sure we sustain and take ownership of all facilities provided both in schools and communities.
" In his remarks, the Country Representative said there was no need for the community to be thanking UNICEF, rather UNICEF owned them appreciation for their commitment. "I am delighted to be with you today, this have a lots of meaning for UNICEF. This is where we are nurturing children, this is where we are preparing children for their future," he said.
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