The Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum and Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has facilitated the construction of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) office in the State.
The agency informed the Kwara State Government of its decision to build an office in the state after the latter signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Nutrition Marching Fund through the payment of 100,000 USD as a counterpart fund in its efforts to eradicate malnutrition in the State.
Mallam Lafia Aliyu Kora Sabi, the Commissioner for Planning and Economic Development, who addressed the gathering at the Ministry’s conference room, noted that the State Government entered the bilateral agreement with UNICEF with the purpose of nipping the malnutrition menace in the bud.
Hon. Lafia noted that Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq is very committed to improving the livelihood of the vulnerable groups in the State, adding that the Nutrition Marching Fund is geared towards rewriting the ugly story of stunted children who are incapable of contributing meaningfully to the socio-economic development of the State.
He appreciated UNICEF for its continuous support to the State, especially concerning children’s welfare, assuring that malnutrition indices will significantly dwindle as efforts are in top gear to implement the nutrition intervention programmes in the State.
UNICEF and other development agencies quit their activities in Kwara State after the previous government failed to pay the counterpart funds, which caused supplemental immunisation to drop drastically.
In 2019, when Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq came on board, he counted the losses of the State since these agencies left and decided to call them back for the development work to continue by paying the counterpart funds owed by the previous government.