By; TINA PHINEAS, Yola
Mr. Bhanu Pathak, Chief Field Office, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Nigeria Bauchi Field Office has urged the Adamawa State Government to pay its counterpart funding for more developmental projects.
“UNICEF is very pleased with the collaboration with the Adamawa State government and urges the government to pay its counterpart funding so we can both reach more communities who are in need of water, sanitation and hygiene services in Adamawa State”, he stated.
Mr Pathak, who made the appeal when he paid an official visit to the state Commissioner for Water Resources, Alhaji Ahmed Abubakar in his office in Yola, the Adamawa State capital.
According to him, with funding support provided by the European Union, UNICEF is supporting the provision of hand pump boreholes; solar motorized boreholes; sanitation and hygiene services in communities, schools and health facilities in Fufore and Mubi South LGAs of Adamawa State under the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Project .
He maintained that so far, a total of 540 hand pump bore holes; 36 solar motorized boreholes and 120 ventilated improved pit latrines have been provided under the intervention.
Furthermore, as a result of hygiene promotion, 182 communities have been declared open defecation free (ODF) – meaning that no one defecates in the open in these ODF communities; while 200 Environmental Health Clubs (EHCs) have been established in primary schools to promote sanitation and hygiene.
Responding, the Commissioner for Water Resources, Alhaji Ahmed Abubakar, assured that the state government would pay all due counterpart funding for UNICEF-supported project and other services in the sector.
He expressed the commitment of the state government to strengthen collaboration with UNICEF in order to improve the lives of the people of the state, especially in the provision of water, sanitation and hygiene services.
“We recognize and commend UNICEF for its intervention which has contributed to what the Adamawa State Government is doing to bring development to her citizens and we’ll give UNICEF all the cooperation it needs to achieve the objectives of our collaboration,” the commissioner said.
“I’ll be presenting our need for the release of counterpart funding to his excellency the governor and I hope for a positive response,” he stated.
The Commissioner then called on UNICEF to expand its support to cover more LGAs in the state.