Nigeria: UNICEF Commends Sokoto authorities for exceeding UNESCO set standard on education
By Mohammad Ibrahim
United Nations Children's Fund Country Representative, UNICEF Nigeria, Mohamed Fall, commended Sokoto State Government Northwest Nigeria for providing 28% of the state budget for education, thereby becoming the only state in Nigeria exceeding standard setup by UNESCO. The commendation came after the Sokoto State Government and UNICEF signed a 2.8 billion Naira annual work plan for 2017. The work plan, covers Health, Education, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Sectors towards accelerating the realization of the rights of children and women survival, development, protection and participation. Mohamed Fall explained that Sokoto has done well in the area of Water/Sanitation, Nutrition and so many areas that are critical for child survival, child development and child protection. "The meaning of my presence here is to commend you on this so that Sokoto will emerge as the most child friendly state among other states of Nigeria. " I know that the challenges ahead are big, I just visited a CMAM programme to see how critical malnutrition is still in this area of Nigeria. "I know issues of education that we are struggling with, in terms of access, in terms of quality, in terms of teachers availability. I know also that immunisation is an issue. Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal said UNICEF interventions in all areas captured in the work plan has come along way in improving the life and health of Sokoto citizens. "we appreciate your organisation, and I assure you that whatever we have put our pen and paper to, we are committed to it and we shall by the grace of God execute all the programmes without failure." The governor, revealed that the state has already paid it's counterpart fund, adding "as I speak to you now, I just confirmed that,N1.7 billion has hit the account. This shows that government is hundred percent committed and have fulfilled our own side of the agreement. On his part, Mohammad Mohiuddin, UNICEF Sokoto Chief of Field Office, explained that the Work Plan will significantly contribute towards achieving the following key objectives: Improved access to and use of high-quality and high-impact Health, Nutrition, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene interventions by children and women. Others are improved access to quality basic education by the most vulnerable boys and girls, and increased school retention, completion and achievement rates for all and demand creation for services provided by the program sectors.
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