The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says the eradication of polio in Nigeria amidst the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic is its greatest achievement in 2020.
The Head of UNICEF, Kaduna Field Office, Dr. Zakari Adam made the assertion on Tuesday in Ilorin during the 2020 End of Year Review and Planning Meeting in Kwara.
Dr. Adam said the feat was achieved as a result of the joint effort of various institutions, commissions, plannings and partnerships with the Federal and State Governments in Nigeria.
The UNICEF boss, who oversees Kaduna, Kwara, Nasarawa and Niger states, said that the success was huge, adding that the humanitarian aid organisation would focus on how to record more achievements in 2021.
Speaking on the ongoing meeting of the UNICEF and Kwara government officials, Adam said the meeting was to review the activities of the organisation in 2020 with a view to planning ahead of the 2021.
“We want to do more for our children in the area of Health, Nutrition, Education and other important aspects needed to be touched”.
“It is everybody’s responsibility to join the train to save children,” the UNICEF chief said.
He, however, called on pregnant women to visit hospital regularly for ante-natal consultation and stop self medication.
In her remark, The Kwara Commissioner for Finance and Planning, Mrs Florence Oyeyemi commended UNICEF for having the interest of people of Kwara at heart.
She assured the organisation of the state government’s continued cooperation and partnership to keep children in the state safe.
Mrs. Oyeyemi declared that the era of non payment of counterpart fund by Kwara was over, saying Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq would be ready to venture into any programme that would benefit the people of Kwara.
She encouraged participants at the meeting to ensure they explored the opportunity provided by the programme to acquire knowledge.