From GYANG PAM, Yola
Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State has given assurances that his administration would meet all responsibilities in payment of counterpart fund.
He made this known Wednesday evening on the occasion of the visit of UNICEF Bauchi Field Office at Government House Yola.
According to the Governor, his administration was appreciative to the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) for the support it has been giving the state.
“We will make all counterpart cash contribution available in all the sectors UNICEF is supporting”, he stressed.
He told the Bhanu Pathak led delegation that, “we appreciate that you have come to help us and we must do our part and I am assuring you that you will not experience the disappointment of the past”.
Governor Fintiri however says his administration does not believe in the figures of out of school children ascribed to the state.
According to him, his administration was currently working to send 38,000 street children back to school adding that the state would be engaging the Malams to sensitize them on the imperative of ensuring that every child was in school.
He told the UNICEF team that the government was already set to remote all primary schools in the state so as to provide a conducive learning environment.
Earlier, leader of the delegation, Mr. Pathak had told the governor that from 2014 to 2019, funding support from donors, UNICEF provided cash support to ministries, departments and agencies aid worth N8 billion and supplies totaling $11 million dollars.
Pathak said the support was in the health, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene, education and child protection including emergencies.
Sap Pathak, “with funding support provided by the European Union, UNICEF has supported 226 primary health care facilities with equipment’s, drugs and capacity of personnel making them functional 24 hours, 7 days a week.
He commended the governor for his development efforts urging him to ensure that the 13,000 unimmunized under 5 children in the state are immunized.
Pathak also urged for quick action by ensuring that the 8000 seventy malnourished children in the state do not die of malnutrition.
The UNICEF Chief Field officer said UNICEF would continue to support the Estate adding that they will soon start the implementation of the pilot child friendly communities initiative project in Fufore and Guyuk Local Government Areas to ensure child survival development.