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Abia state government and the UNICEF have signed the 2012 programme implementation agreement

By Nnaji Obed Asiegbu
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Abia state government and the UNICEF have signed the 2012 programme implementation agreement to strengthen collaborative intervention in matters affecting children and women in the state.

Speaking at the event governor Theodore Orji of Abia state said that he is pleased with the results of achievements of the joint intervention of Abia state and UNICEF towards the well-being of children in the state.

He noted that the intervention of UNICEF has yielded results and appreciated the agency for helping to improve the quality of life of Abians.

The governor implored UNICEF To increase its assistance to the state in the area of early child healthcare, and immunization as well as to give more assistance to the state planning commission and the state Emergency management Agency to improve rapid response to emergencies.

The Abia state chief executive said the classification of Abia by UNICEF as a low burden state is erroneous and requested it to classify the state appropriately.

He disclosed that the child right law will soon be comprehensively implemented in the state and stated that Abia is committed to the partnership with UNICEF and prepared to fulfil its obligations to the agency.

Earlier in his speech,the chief of field office, NICEF Enugu, Mr. Charles Nzuki said the signing of the 2012 programme programme implementation agreement is a definitive expression of the commitment of UNICEF towards the wellbeing of the children in the state.

He maintained that one of the fruits of the co-operation between the Abia state government and UNICEF will be a definitive progress in the efforts to reduce child mortality.

Mr. Nzuki noted the significant strides of the governor to improve the situation of the people of Abia state and urged him to continue marching on especially in providing those services that cater for the health, nutrition, basic education, protection,water and sanitation.