By Haruna Abubakar Bebeji
The Jigawa State government has released N216 million as its counterpart funding to Sanitation Hygiene and Water in Nigeria, SHAWN, a UNICEF funded programme.
Desk officer of the program in the State, Rabiu Shuaibu disclosed this at a mid-year review meeting for Jigawa and Plateau states UNICEF projects.
He said the amount is for the provision of sanitation, water and hygiene facilities such as drilling of hand pumps, construction of toilets and procurement of sanitation materials among others.
Mr Shuaibu said the present administration has extended the program from 17 to 20 local governments across the state.
Also, the state government has released another N150 million as its counter funding for the procurement of immunization drugs.
The Director, State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Sambo Shehu announced this at a midyear review meeting holding in Jos, Plateau State.
He said the gesture was part of government’s commitment to eradicate the five killer diseases affecting children under five years.
The Chief Coordinator, UNICEF Bauchi office, Abdullai Kai Kai commended the state government for its concern to the plight of children.
He reiterated their commitment to maintain partnership with government in healthcare services delivery and urged stakeholders to support its programs in the state.