The Country Office of UNICEF in Nigeria has declared its full support for what it called a people-oriented approach to governance adopted by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s
administration in Enugu.
The UNICEF Country Representative, Mohammed Fall, made this known when led a delegation from the global body on a courtesy visit to Government House, Enugu.
“I want to thank you for your leadership, thank you for your vision, your government is also strong.
“Since you became Governor of Enugu State, the atmosphere in Enugu has been serene. I want to use this opportunity to thank you for the overall leadership you are providing and developmental projects, the partnership with UNICEF and for maintaining the status of Enugu as one of the most peaceful states in Nigeria”.
“From the report I receive, from the feedback that has been provided, that Enugu is in God’s hands, this is really true due to the peaceful atmosphere Enugu has and the easy life people have here in the State”, said the UNICEF Chief.
They commended the Governor and the state lawmakers for their synergy that culminated in the passage of the Child Rights Act, a development, Mr. Fall said, also validated the verdict that Governor Ugwuanyi was offering exemplary leadership to the people of the state.
On the relationship between the organization and Enugu State Government, the Country Representative expressed appreciation for the facilities provided for UNICEF in the area throughout last year.
“The cooperation has been demonstrated by your hospitality as the State Governor. You have provided us full facilities. I am talking about the facilities you provided for us which I must confirm is the best in the county”, he also stated.
The Governor who played host to the visitors at the Executive Chambers, Government House, Enugu, pointed out that Enugu had always been a child-friendly state and also earned plaudits for her free maternal and child healthcare programmes.
“We have set up a State Committee on Child Adoption and Fostering to facilitate the Child Rights Act and to protect children from all other forms of abuse, including child trafficking while improving the quality of Child Justice Administration and creating awareness and sensitization on adoption and related matters in Enugu state”.
Governor Ugwuanyi explained that the government had committed huge amount of money on infrastructure upgrade and other facilities in over 270 primary and secondary schools across the state.
He further added that one of the positive outcome of this initiative was the ninth position of Enugu State in the last West Africa School Certificate Examinations(WASCE), noting that efforts would be intensified to achieve a better position subsequently.