UNICEF to receive N15m refund from Bauchi government

By Baba Shehu Oscu, Bauchi

Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed has directed for the immediate refund of N15million to the UNICEF Field Office in the state.

He said he was unsatisfied with the manner the past administration spent N732million due to improper documentation.

The governor gave the directive in an interactive session with UNICEF officials led by the state Chief Field Officer, Mr Bhaw Pathak at the Government House, Bauchi.

Governor Mohammed was reacting to a request made by UNICEF on the need for the state government to refund the money for not utilizing it by the State Primary Healthcare Development Agency during the last administration.

The Governor condemned the previous administration and assured that he will direct the State Recovery Committee to investigate and recover the said funds from the administration he inherited.

He assured UNICEF of his administration’s determination towards the timely payment of counterpart funding to enable the state access more interventions from donor agencies.

On malnutrition, the Governor assured UNICEF of timely payment of its counterpart fund for the supply of commodities to malnourished children in the state.

He pledged the readiness of the present administration to block human capital gap in the state for effective implementation of development patners projects for the well being of the citizens.

The Governor informed the UNICEF officials that the resolve of his administration to declare State of Emergency on Health and Education sectors is to find lasting solution to the challenges facing them as they are key to societal development.

The state UNICEF Chief Field Officer, said the organization supported the implementation of five programmes in the areas of health, education, WASH, nutrition and child protection.

He pointed that, the organization has set aside 270 million naira for the supply of commodities for the treatment of malnourished children and appealed to governor to allocate more resources for tackling malnutrition in the state.

Mr.  Pathak reassured support the present administration in the state towards addressing the challenges facing critical sectors of the economy especially the menace of out of school children in the state.