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IMPRESSED by the key successes recorded in the lives of children, women, and the elderly who constitute a larger percentage group in Delta State, the Commissioner for Finance, Olorogun Kenneth Okpara reiterated the commitment of the state government in ensuring the prompt release of the Government Counterpart Cash Contribution for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) activities in the state.

  Okpara, who spoke in Asaba Friday at a meeting of specialists from UNICEF B-field office, Lagos and Abuja, commended the organization for its assistance and support of the developmental strides of the states since the partnership started in 1997.

  He listed the areas of cooperation between the state government and the organization as maternal and child health; sanitation and hygiene; nutrition; education management; education access and education quality; child protection and adolescent development social policy; emergency preparedness and response; and disaster risk reduction. 

   The commissioner said: “The UNICEF intervention has contributed significantly to the promotion of Child Rights which was passed into law in 2008 in Delta State and signed into law in 2010. UNICEF assistance also improved capacity for generation of evidence for planning, management of the state’s socio-economic database and monitoring and evaluation. 

Meanwhile, UNCEF and World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHDA) and Borno state government, have commenced Thursday the training of health personnel to immunize all IDPs’ children resettled in various camps in Maiduguri and Biu. The over 32,000 affected children below the age of five; are takingrefuge in 15 IDPs camps established by the Borno state government and National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to accommodate fleeing displaced persons, because of Boko Haram insurgency in the state.

Speaking at the Maiduguri training centre, the State Executive

Director of PHDA, Dr. Sule Mele said that despite insecurity in the affected council areas, the polio vaccinators have been actively

exercising their civil responsibilities within the designated IDPs

camps in Maiduguri metropolis.

Dr. Hyelni Mshelia, who also spoke at the two-day training workshop, said injectable polio vaccine training will remarkably assist in administering vaccines on the displaced children in different IDPs camps of Maiduguri and Biu.


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