The Sokoto state government in partnership with United Nations Children’s Fund, (UNICEF), have constructed over two hundred and twenty toilets and drilled two hundred and one boreholes in schools, clinics and selected villages to prevent open defecation and enhance safe drinking water.
Permanent Secretary, Sokoto State Ministry of Water Resources, Mr Hussain Umar, stated this at UNICEF Mid-year review meeting organised in collaboration with Sokoto State Government in North western Nigeria.
Mr Umar said these borehole comprised hand pumps, motorised and solar powered.
“The State Government has constructed no fewer than 276 others were reactivated under the programme to improve access to safe drinking water in the selected local government areas”, Mr Umar said.
He said Ministry’s activities in the partnership also included training of workers and community groups as well as installation of computers and other working tools.
The Permanent Secretary commended Governor Aminu Tambuwal on the timely release of N400 million counter fund that facilitated the programme.
Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary State Ministry of Health, Pharmicist Almustapha Othman Ali, said N150 million has been budgeted for improved nutrition package on state intervention programme on Acute Malnutrition Centers.
Pharmacist Ali said immunization activities have recorded more than 40 percent improvement and commended key players and actors on their committment of resolving rejections and ensure wide acceptance of vaccines.
Earlier in his address, the Permanent Secretary, state’s Ministry of Budget and Plannng, Aminu Dikko, described the meeting as critical toward enhancing performances of ministries and departments with UNICEF on implementation.
Mr Dikko said meeting was aimed at assessing progress of 2018 work plans, identifying challenges with constrains and make recommendations to ensure overall performance.
“The meeting was organized to review achievements and constraints and designed strategic way forward for the remaining year 2018”, the Permanent Secretary said.
UNICEF Head of Field Office in Sokoto, Mr Muhammadin Fall, said the meeting was a common activity to fine tune next coming activities with reflecting previous achievement.
Mr Fall noted that the areas of collaboration were on Health, Education, Water and Sanitation, Nutrition and Communication for Development aimed at uplifting people living standards in the State.