By Tukur Muntari
Kano – The United Nation Children’s Fund [UNICEF], on Thursday solicited the support of the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II in addressing issues related to child protection, survival and development in Nigeria.
Mr Mohamed Malick-Fall, the newly appointed UNICEF Country Representative, made the appeal when he paid a courtesy visit on the Emir at his Palace in Kano.
“We believe that as someone who has the influence, you can help us to address a number of issues that children are confronted with which are related to child protection, survival and development.
“So I am here to assure you of my readiness to work with you to continue expanding what you have been doing in favour of children not only in Northern Nigeria but the country at large,” the UNICEF chief said.
Malick-Fall said he was also at the palace to commend the monarch for his strong commitment, vision and leadership when it comes to issues related to children.
He reaffirmed the commitment of UNICEF to work with various states and the Federal Government in mobilising all segments of the society to work in favour of children.
“Nigeria is a very important country and there are a number of issues affecting it and it carries large burden when it comes to issue of out of school, malnutrition and child mortality, among others,” he said.
He pledged that UNICEF would continue to work with government and other stakeholders to reverse challenges facing children in terms of deprivation, access to education, protection and malnutrition.
In his remarks, the Emir called on parents to rise up to their responsibilities by ensuring proper upbringing of their children.
Sanusi assured that the Kano Emirate Council would give UNICEF all the necessary support especially in the area of improving girl-child education in Kano State and the entire Northern region