Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State has reaffirmed the commitment of his administration to continue to pay counterpart cash contribution to ensure that development partnership programmes thrive in the state.
The Governor made this known over the weekend in the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia, while receiving in audience the outgoing Chief of UNICEF- A- FIELD OFFICE, Enugu, Mr. Charles Nzuki who was recently sent on a mission to Pakistan.
Governor Obiano commended unicef for the strategic relationship the agency has maintained with the state government since his assumption of duty. He said through unicef, the state government has done tremendously well in child education, water supply and the health sector particularly in the area of maternal and child health.
Governor Obiano said that for improved healthcare coverage, the state government recently procured motorbike ambulances in addition to earlier provision of speed boats and water ambulances to ensure adequate access to the rural communities particularly the riverine areas. Government he said is currently working on roads in the state especially those that lead to agrarian communities of the state in order to boost food production in the state.
Governor Obiano also said that his administration is currently rehabilitating 421 health Centres across the state and providing decent accommodation for doctors and nurses to ensure quality healthcare services to Ndi Anambra. Chief Obiano further said that to ensure constant supply of electricity, government has, as a pilot programme, installed solar powered facilities at the Anaku health centre in Ayamelum local government council. He said that government intends to replicate the programme in other health Centres in the state.
Governor Obiano called on the agency to check the possibility of revamping some of its water facilities in the state which, he noted, had since stopped functioning. He also called on the agency to always inform government authorities before final payment is made to their vendors to enable government ensure that contracts awarded to them were properly executed before final payment is executed.
Governor Obiano thanked Mr Nzuki for the invaluable services he rendered during his six year stay in Nigeria even as he urged him to always remember the state in his new place of assignment.
Replying, Mr Nzuki expressed happiness at the level of cooperation he received while working in Nigeria especially in Anambra state which he noted was rated by the UN as the best performing state in unicef activities in the country. Mr Nzuki said that it was for this reason that the UN selected Anambra State recently for its Delivery-As-One (DAO) programme in Nigeria, pointing out that though the current unicef project in the state would end in May this year, he was quite certain that the UN will extend it following the level of achievements the state has recorded in implementing unicef activities.
Mr Nzuki called on the state government to consider privatizing the health Centres in the state as doing so will help to improve health services in the rural areas of the state.
Present at the occasion were the new unicef Chief of A field office, Mr Ibrahim Conteh, Mr. Dan Ezeanwu, Permanent Secretary in the office of the SSG and Barr. Emeka Ohuoha, the new Permanent Secretary of Ministry Of Economic Planning, Budget and Development Partners.

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Director of Information Ministry of Information & Communication Strategy Awka Anambra State

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