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Nigeria: Sokoto govt pays $4.9m counterpart fund to UNICEF to boost education, health, sanitation in the state

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(Ecofin Agency) - In Nigeria, the Sokoto state government on Tuesday announced that it has paid the sum of N1.8 billion ($4.9 million) as counterpart funding for various initiatives entered into with UNICEF to boost basic education, healthcare delivery and sanitation in the state.

The Governor of the state, Aminu Tambuwal (photo), made this known at the opening of a three-day forum on high-level advocacy and community engagement (ACE) in Sokoto.

According to Tambuwal, the state government’s investment in education, health, child protection, water management, sanitation and hygiene had brought about the desired change in the state.

Our past collaborations have impacted positively on target beneficiaries, and it is our hope that going forward, we can deepen access to quality healthcare delivery, access to clean water, nutrition and sanitation especially in the rural areas,” he added.

In her remark, UNICEF Nigeria’s Deputy Country Representative, Pernille Ironside, said the organization is fully committed to working hand-in-hand with the government and other stakeholders to ensure rapid development of the life of women and children in Nigeria.

She, however, lauded the commitment of the Sokoto state government to routine immunization, education, and other related sectors.

Anita Fatunji

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