KNSG, UNICEF Opens Field Office To Serve Kano, Katsina and Jigawa

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By: Mayen Etim

KANO, North-West, Nigeria – The Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, said his administration and the United Nations Children’s Fund, (UNICEF) has concluded plans to establish a field office to serve the state, Katsina and Jigawa with focus on addressing children issues in the three states.

He disclosed this on Thursday when the Country Representative of UNICEF, Mohammed Fall paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House in Kano.
According to the Governor, the State Government had since August 2018, commenced processing of the new UNICEF field office by proposing Magwan Water Restaurant which was inspected by a team of professionals and fully endorsed by UNICEF.

Ganduje who was represented by his Deputy, Dr. Nasiru Gawuna, said Kano has become one of the most peace loving States that accommodates development partners and other officials across the world.

He expressed the readiness of the present administration to continue to collaborate with UNICEF and other development partners towards addressing issues that affect the wellbeing of children and women.
“It is very clear considering that Kano is a very peaceful state and His Excellency is doing very well in terms of security and peace of the people, that is why we are happy to welcome UNICEF to Kano state.

“I want to on behalf of His Excellency, inform you that he has approved a befitting facility to serve as the new UNICEF office in Kano in a choice and prime area, and one of the most secured places we have in the State.

“I want to assure you that this administration will do its possible best to fulfill all the requirements needed to ensure effective commencement of the new office and smooth collaboration with Kano state.

“By the time you move your office to Kano, you will be very conversant with her people and on our part, we are going to make sure that you stay very comfortable here” he said.

Earlier, the UNICEF Country Representative, said they were at the Government House to discuss and officially inform the State Government on the move by UNICEF to open a field office in the state, noting that being in Kano would help boost its programmes in other parts of the country.
He expressed optimism that Kano State would provide the enabling environment and support to help in reaching out to a very large number of children who needs UNICEF’s support the most.
The Country Representative further thanked the administration of Dr. Ganduje for all the support and cooperation it has accorded UNICEF towards the success of its interventions support programmes in the State.
“UNICEF is focusing more on result, and result is linked to numbers and you know Kano is one of the densely populated states in the country, therefore, if one succeeds in Kano, you will be able to reach a large number of children even beyond the population in the state.

“Some of the deprivations affecting children be it difficulty to access health, nutrition, Sanitation and education services and all issues related to child protection; all happen at a very large scale in mega cities or urban areas. We must work together to alleviate the sufferings of children,” he said.

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