48 Percent of Children in Kebbi, Zamfara, Sokoto Are Multi-dimensionally Poor – UNICEF

48 Percent of Children in Kebbi, Zamfara, Sokoto Are Multi-dimensionally Poor – UNICEF

The United Nation Children Emergency Funds (UNICEF), says 88 Percent of Children Under the Ages of five in Kebbi State, Zamfara 82, and Sokoto 80 are Multi- Dimentionally Poor In terms of access to services.

UNICEF Social Policy Specialist, Sokoto Field Office Isa Ibrahim stated this while presenting paper at a 2 Day Workshop on Strengthen the Analysis of Child Poverty Measurement for the three states of Sokoto, Zamfara and Kebbi holding in Birnin Kebbi organised by the Sokoto state Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning in- collaboration with UNICEF.

He said, the porverty rate was as a result of lack of access to services such as Nutrition, Education, Immunization amonsgt others.

“45 percent of children in Kebbi State are not fully immunised while 89 percent of children in Sokoto and Kebbi states are not fully immunised,” he said.

According to him, the objectives of the workshop was aimed at increasing government partners awareness on the current demand for quality data generation, monitoring and analysis on children through the state routine data generation system and to also come up with a road map on the institutionalization of child poverty measurement.

Adding that, it is also to identify strenghts, weaknessess, opportunities and threats of the three states bureau for statistics in generation and producing routine child poverty data.

The Head of the Civil Service of Kebbi State, Alhaji Safiyanu Garba Bena, represented by the Permanent Secretary General Administration, Carbonate office, Suleiman Sani Augie, while commending UNICEF for organising the workshop said, the workshop was timely when the 3 states are clamoring for social protection and data for effective planning and development.

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