From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna.
The United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF), has said it released N1.5 billion to Niger state government for engagement plan for the implementation of the 2018 support intervention programmes.
The Chief of Field Office, UNICEF Kaduna, Dr Zakari Adam disclosed this during a two-day UNICEF and Niger state 2018 End-Year Review and Working Plan meeting in Minna.
Earlier, the UNICEF and Niger state government had on July 6, signed N2.5 billion memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for engagement plan for the implementation of the 2018 intervention support programmes in the state.
Adam stated that the areas of UNICEF support intervention programmes includes: nutrition, education, water sanitation and health related issues.
“This is the annual review for the whole activities carried out in the year 2018 in the various sectors. We have worked to improve on children nutrition, HIV, child protection, water sanitation and health related issues.
“The objectives of the intervention programmes is to assist the state in addressing issues facing children and their development in the state.
“At the end of the year, it is important that all partners sit down together and analyse achievement and progress made and the challenges encountered and sort out those challenges, “he said.
He expressed optimism that the intervention programmes had helped improved nutrition and education of children.
Adam disclosed that the objectives of the meeting was to present reports on activities implemented in the year 2018 achievement, budget analysis, constraints, lessons learned and recommendations for 2019/2020 rolling work plan.
He, however, called on the Niger state government to hasten the release of its own remaining 2018 counterpart funds.