By: Our Correspondent
SOKOTO, North-West, Nigeria – The United Nations Children Fund, (UNICEF), has promised to partner Sokoto State Government in the areas of portable drinking water and sanitation, education, women and children as well as health among others.
UNICEF Nigeria Country Representative, Mr. Peter Hawkins, gave the assurance during a courtesy visit to Governor Aminu Tambuwal, noting that they would work towards sustaining their legacies in the state, adding that Sokoto remains one target of UN programmes in Nigeria.
While acknowledging the efforts and progress made so far by the Sokoto State Government, Hawkins said UNICEF will continue to work with the state for the next 3 to 4 years.
Governor Tambuwal who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Saidu Umar, assured of the state readiness to collaborate with development agencies for the good of her citizens.
Tambuwal, however thanked UNICEF for its numerous contributions and collaboration with the State Government, which according to him has positively touched so many lives in the state and country.
Giving some of their priority list, the Governor said education for all, was the reason behind the declaration of state of emergency on the sector which was subsequently backed by the establishment of female education board to help improve enrollment, retention, completion and transition of girl child in schools.
Tambuwal divulged that, his passion in education for all has started yielding results as the state now records over 50 per cent increase in enrollment of out of school children back to classrooms.
He further assured that the state will continue to accord priority to timely payment of its counterpart funds to UNICEF and any development partner for the overall good of the people.