By: Our Correspondent
ILLORIN, North-Central, Nigeria – After 10 years of break, the Kwara State Government has resuscitated it partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund, (UNICEF).
The Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq, made the assertion when he received a team of UNICEF officials in his office on Thursday.
According to the Governor, for almost 10 years, UNICEF has taken a back sit in supporting Kwara state due to several technical reasons and policy issues.
He said that the time has come to renew the partnership in the best interest of children and women in the state.
“We welcome UNICEF and we are ready to work together including putting our counterpart funds for effective collaboration,” he said.
The team of UNICEF, led by Chief of Kaduna Field office, Dr. Zakari Adam who visited the Governor, applauded his vision of reintegrating the state into UNICEF fold, by his financial commitment to support the health sector in the interest of children and women.
In his remarks, Dr. Adam, informed the governor that internal and external factors were responsible for the change in style by UNICEF to support the state for almost a decade.
Dr Adam, thanked the governor for his resolve to save lives of children and women evident by his release of funds in order to allow the state key into several beneficial initiatives of the Federal Government.
According to him, the move will help in reducing maternal and child mortality rate, and as well promote and protect the rights of children in the state.
He also informed the governor of UNICEF’s readiness to partner his administration to further improve the quality of lives and the overall situation of children in the state.
Similarly, Communication Specialist with UNICEF, Mr. Rabiu Musa said that various sectors that the Fund would partner with the state have been highlighted
He promised that UNICEF will deliver a more robust plans and execution framework that will see to the utilization of funds to help those who truly needs it.
Mr Musa also said that the partnership between the state was brought to a halt almost 10 years ago but the current shape of things in the state’s present administration has demonstrated evidence to jointly deliver more quality results for children.
The meeting was attended by the State Head of Service, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Planning, Alhaji Abdulaziz Tayo Oyelowo and other senior government officials.