UNICEF Partners Rivers Government Over Women, Children In Niger Delta

UNICEF Partners Rivers Government Over Women, Children In Niger Delta

…opens regional office in Port Harcourt

From Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt

United Nation Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has said to help actualize the overall goal of the current country programme and the need to accelerate the realization of the rights of all children and women in the Niger Delta it becomes necessary to partner with Rivers State government.

Mr. Wilbroad Ngambi, UNICEF Chief of Field office who led other members of the organization    disclosed this yesterday when he paid a courtesy visit to Rivers State Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning Hon. Isaac Kamalu in his office in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital.

Ngambi who officially informed the Commissioner on the creation of UNICEF Port Harcourt office that would coordinate the organization’s operations in four states of Rivers, Akwa-Ibom, Bayelsa and Delta State said the port Harcourt would help them to serve the people better.

He  said the idea to make Rivers State as the zonal office was necessitated as a result of the bid to help actualize  the rights of all women and children in the region to survival, development, protection and participation as well as bring services to where beneficiaries live.

He noted that the partnership with Rivers State government is a sign of commitment to strengthen the existing collaboration, adding that part of the effort is the opening up  of a field office to cover four Niger Delta States within the region.

He however, thanks the Ministry of Budget and Economic planning for the effective coordination of the programmes and collaboration between UNICEF and Rivers State government.

Ngambi said: “With a deep sense of humanity and poise  to work with your Ministry toward delivering result for children and women in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria, South-South geopolitical zone, I found it highly important to perform my first official function to ensure a good synergy.

“On behalf of UNICEF I extend our hand of partnership to record positive exploits for children and women in the region. UNICEF has been supporting Rivers State in programme such as health and nutrition for child survival and development, education, water and sanitation.”

Responding, the Rivers State Commissioner for  Budget and Economic planning, Hon Isaac Kamalu assured UNICEF’s team of Rivers State government corporation and assistance in all area it’s may  want the government to render assistance.

He said the Rivers State Governor, Chief  Ezenwo Nyesome Wike was delighted when he heard that UNICEF has opened their regional office in Port Harcourt. He also announced that the governor has ordered the release of counterpart fund for better cooperation.