The Sokoto state government has paid N1.8 billion as counterpart funding in various projects signed with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to boost basic education, healthcare delivery and sanitation in the state.
According to the state government, investment in education, health, child protection, water management, sanitation and hygiene had played important role in effecting the desired change in the state.
The state governor, Aminu Tambuwal, who disclosed the payment during opening ceremony of a three-day forum on high level Advocacy and Community Engagement (ACE), in the state on Tuesday, stressed that the projects would help improve standard of education and others.
Tambuwal said: “Our past collaborations have impacted positively on target beneficiaries and it is our hope that going forward, we can deepen access to quality healthcare delivery, clean water, nutrition and sanitation, especially in the rural areas.”
On his part, Chairman of the state Chapter of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Ahmadu Mamman, said the Christian community would continue to support such initiatives for the well-being of the citizens.
UNICEF Nigeria’s Deputy Country Representative, Pernille Ironside, assured that the organisation was fully committed to supporting advocacy campaign in Nigeria.
“We will continue to work hand-in-hand with the government and other stakeholders to ensure rapid development of life of women and children in Nigeria,” she said.
Ironside added that UNICEF fully appreciated the commitment of the government in routine immunisation, education, and other related sectors.