Governor Ifeanyi Okowa Make the disclosure in Asaba on 30/08/16, when he received on courtesy call the Head, UNICEF Field Office in the South South geo-political zone, Mr Wilbroad Ngambi.
Governor Okowa stated that despite the economic challenges his administration would continue to engage in activities that will make life meaningful to the people.
“As part of our partnership with UNICEF on the water cum sanitation programmes, we have released N100 million as our counterpart fund, within the next few weeks, we will release another N100 million,” the governor said, disclosing, “the delay in the release of funds was because of the economic situation of the country.”
Governor Okowa continued, “we have noted the areas which you have intervened and is still intervening in the state, especially, issues concerning maternal and child health care, we hope to stay strong in our partnership with you for the development and benefits of our people, we promise to do our best to release funds within our limits.”
While commending the UNICEF for its programmes, the governor stated, “Delta State has over 400 primary health centres and we will support the local government to make the health centres to be functional and responsive to the health needs of our people.”
“When the health insurance act is properly implemented, the partnership between the federal, state and local government would ensure the improvement and equipping of the primary health centres in the state and also, ensure support for the very vulnerable and the poor in the society,” the governor emphasised, assuring that his administration was focused on the programmes it was supporting and in partnership with.
Earlier, Mr Ngambi had told the governor that UNICEF will continue to partner with the government of Delta State for the protection of the rights of the children, strengthen immunization, maternal and child health care including family planning and also, strengthen access to safe water and sanitation services in the state