The Plateau Government has commended the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for initiating projects that strive to secure children and women in the state.
Mr Ja’afaru Wuyep, the state Commissioner for Water and Energy, appreciated UNICEF’s interevention on Tuesday in Jos while declaring open a two-day Media Dialogue on Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Reform Project, Phase III.
The News men reports that the forum was organised in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture and supported by the European Union (EU).
Wuyep, who described UNICEF as the “fourth level of government in Nigeria’’, said it had stood out among many donor organisations working in the country.
“‘In Nigeria, we have governments at three levels; the federal, state and local governments.
“‘Let me say here that UNICEF is the fourth level of government we have in this country, because of its investment in giving our children and women a better life.
“It stands out among all donor agencies in the country; UNICEF is not only working for children and women, but working for the rural populace,’’ he said.
The commissioner noted UNICEF’s immense contributions in the areas of water, sanitation and hygiene, child protection, immunisation, and other interventions.
He restated the state government’s commitment to cooperate with UNICEF to ensure rural dwellers in the state continue to benefit from the organisation’s programmes.
“‘On our part as a government, we are committed at ensuring UNICEF continues with the good works.
“We will ensure we pay our counterpart funds as at when due,’’ he said.