The Gombe State government has urged the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to maintain its crucial interventions in education, health, nutrition, and more across the state.
Hajiya Aishatu Maigari, the Commissioner for Education in the state, appealed on Monday in Gombe, emphasizing that UNICEF’s interventions have been comprehensive, ensuring that no child is left behind.
The Commissioner for Education highlighted that, in addition to education, the health and nutrition sectors are key areas where the state will continue collaborating with humanitarian organizations for the welfare of its citizens.
Maigari expressed appreciation for UNICEF’s involvement in initiatives such as the safe school initiative, teaching at the right level, training of EMIS officers, and the review/development of sector plans. She commended the fact that, in all these interventions, no child has been overlooked, extending the impact to health, nutrition, and maternal/child care.
Hajiya Aishatu stated, “However, I am of the school of thought that when you appreciate something, you are only seeking more. As a government, we will continue to partner to ensure the sustenance of these interventions in our state.”
Dr. Clement Adams, the Officer-in-Charge of UNICEF Bauchi Field Office, highlighted that the 2023 end-of-year review meeting, where the Commissioner spoke, brought together governments and partners from Gombe, Taraba, Adamawa, Bauchi, and Plateau states. The meeting aimed to reflect on the activities conducted during the year and develop draft activities for 2024.
Adams emphasized, “We are looking at what we have been doing and also developing a work plan for next year.”