The United Nations Children Funds (UNICEF) on Wednesday, promised to lend a helping hand to the education, health and sanitation programmes of the present administration in order to enhance the living condition of Nigerians.
The UNICEF Chief Field Officer in charge of Kano, Katsina and Jigawa States, Mr Maulid Warfa, made the pledge on Wednesday in Katsina, during a courtesy visit to governor Aminu Masari.
Warfa also commended Masari for being a champion of education since he became the governor of the state.
He said that UNICEF would work with the state government so as to record successes in all the sectors to enhance the living standard of the citizens.
In his reaction, Masari, encouraged UNICEF not to relent in executing laudable programmes under the Sanitation, Hygiene and Water in Nigeria (SHAWN), education as well as health sectors to improve the well-being of Nigerians.
He assured that the partnership between UNICEF and Katsina State government would continue for meaningful development of the state.
The governor also informed the chief field officer that of recent, Katsina State had been grappling with insecurity challenges.
He implored UNICEF to also help in solving the problem.
He said the problem was further aggravated by total absence of both Islamic and Western education for herdsmen living in the frontline local governments bordering Rugu forests.
Masari, however, expressed optimism that UNICEF had the capacity to come up with various interventions to assist the state government in tackling banditry and other heinous crimes.
“Following the government efforts on peace initiative with bandits, the government can now go into the forest to implement the interventions on education, healthcare, earth dams and grazing reserves for herdsmen,” he said.
He noted that interventions from donor agencies would help to provide herdsmen with water and pastures to make their life meaningful.
Masari expressed the readiness of the state government to reopen schools closed as a result of the banditry as relative peace had returned to the front line local governments.
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