Dr Abdulai Kaikai, Chief Field Officer, UNICEF Field Office Bauchi, has confirmed the release of N101 million counterpart fund by Taraba Government for UNICEF-supported health and education programmes in the State.
Kaikai confirmed the release of the fund at a two-day mid-year review meeting on the implementation of Taraba Government/UNICEF programme for the first half of 2016 in Jalingo on Saturday.
This is our first joint review in Taraba since UNICEF adopted a new planning process of aligning with the state planning process.
Through this process, UNICEF has capitalised on the strength and comparative advantages of the different MDAs toward increasing the UNICEF-supported activities’ impact through coherent and accountability of implementing agencies’’, he said.
Represented by Mr Drissa Yeo, Head, Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Projects Bauchi Field Office, Abdulai said UNICEF was currently providing support to Taraba in two thematic areas.
He gave the areas as maternal and neo-natal child health and polio as well as basic education.
These programmes are consistent with priorities of the state and federal government’s emphasis on implementing Paris Declaration, Accra Agenda for Action and Busan recommendations for effective development assistance.’’