By; TINA PHINEAS, Yola
The United Nations Children’s Fund and the Adamawa State Government on Tuesday, launched the Child Friendly Communities Initiative (CFCI), to improve children’s access to critical services.
Addressing stakeholders at the launch, Mr. Bhanu Pathak, Chief Field Office Bauchi Field Office, said, the programme would among others ensure children access education, immunisation, birth registration and other services.
According to him, the programme to be implemented in Fufore and Guyuk local government areas of the state, will adress issues of education, WASH, and nutrition.
“The programme will help children access education, immunization, birth registration, children suffering from malnutrition, will be given supplements, no child would be left behind, the programme will also ensure households have daily use facilities such as toilets”, he stated.
Pathak maintained that the success of the programme in the pilot communities would facilitate its extension to other areas in the state.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Adamawa State Planning Commission, Mrs Felicia Steven, commended UNICEF for its intervention to the state in the sectors of education, health and WASH.
Stephen, who spoke on behalf of the state government, assured UNICEF of sustained government collaboration.
She pointed out that the state government has taken steps to return all out of school children back to school through the free education policy.
The Permanent Secretary appealed for the programme to be extend across all local governments in the state to ensure total coverage of out of school children.
New Nigerian reports that the Child Friendly Communities Initiative (CFCI) is a UNICEF-led initiative that supports local governments in realizing the rights of children at the local level using the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child as its foundation.
It is also a network that brings together government and other stakeholders such as civil society organizations, the private sector, academia, media and, importantly, children themselves who wish to make their communities more child-friendly.