By Adamu Suleiman, Sokoto
Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, has assured of a synergy with UNICEF and other partners in driving girl-child education.
The Sultan, who spoke in Sokoto when he received a delegation from UNICEF Abuja, Kano and Sokoto, said the agency’s girl-child education programme was relevant to societal development.
He noted that the desired target of getting girls educated had not been realised even as he pointed out that “we are not disappointed at the speed towards ensuring mass literacy is achieved in Sokoto state”.
Sa’ad Abubakar further said a summit tagged “Keeping the girls in school” would soon be held to deepen the education of the girl.
Accordingly, in his farewell remark to retiring Mohammedeen Fall, UNICEF Chief of Field Office in Sokoto, the monarch said the official, a friend and resilient individual in his work, would missed.
“Though he is leaving, yet he is with us in spirit because of the good relationship we share and we wish him the best,” he said.
He described the development partners as key stakeholders in shaping and making the society a beneficial place for all, saying: “Our doors are open and always ready to receive you people for your roles.”
The Deputy Representative of UNICEF Nigeria, Ms Rushnan Murtaza, and Dr. Aboubacar Kampo, the Director, Health Section, UNICEF Headquarters, New York, United States acknowledged appreciated the contributions of the Sultan to the initiatives piloted by development partners.
“We surely and sincerely appreciate because it has greatly assisted in our years of programmes in Nigeria and Sokoto especially,” they said
The duo, however, sought more synergy in education and health, noting that the monarch’s great influence and vision would greatly help in achieving more results in the country.
Others on the UNICEF delegation included Mr. Maulid Warfa, Ag. Chief, Field Coordination Services and Chief of UNICEF Field Office Kano; Ms. Raganai Matema, Health Manager, Sokoto Field Office; Paula, Health Section, Abuja and Mr. Samuel Kalu, the new UNICEF Information Officer.