The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said that 20 out of the 21 local government areas in Kebbi State are consistently low in child poverty rating index.
According to UNICEF, Argungu local government area in the state was the only local government in the good index category while Zuru and Fakai were in the middle.
Dr Danjuma Nehemiah, who represented Mr Paul Mudzongo, of the UNICEF Sokoto Field Office disclosed this during a two day state engagement planning workshop in collaboration with Kebbi State, UNICEF and other donor agencies held at Shagalinku conference hall in Birnin Kebbi.
He said Aliero, Kalgo, Birnin Kebbi, Yauri, Suru, Danko Wasagu and Sakaba were rated bad seven local government areas while Shanghai, Ngaski, Dandi, Bagudo, Koko Besse, Jega, Augie, Maiyama, Gwandu and Bunza were rated consistently worst in the child poverty index.
He added that Kebbi State was one of the 13 states in the country with high child poverty rating.
The UNICEF field officer stated that the state engagement planning meeting was aimed at helping the state out of the child poverty problem issues so that the children can live a better life.
He also added that UNICEF and Kebbi State government would map out measures in the 2018 plan to address child poverty and protection in the communities.
The commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Alhaji Muhammad Jalani Yauri, who represented the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Babale Umar Yauri, queried the yardstick used by UNICEF on the child poverty index in the state.
He said, “I want to request that in future UNICEF should make a copy of its programme available to the supervising ministry in the state so that we can make adequate budget for it.”
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