By Gbenga Olarinoye
OSOGBOâ€”Osun State Government and UNICEF have signed an agreement to spend N408.3 million for all UNICEF-assisted programmes in the state this year out of which UNICEF will contribute in cash and kindÂ N333.4 million while the state government will contribute N74.8 million as its Government Cash Contribution, GCC.
Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola disclosed this at the signing ceremony of Year 2010 Programme Implementation Agreement, PIA, with UNICEF Chief of B-Field, Mrs. Sara Beysolow Nyanti, who is also the Countryâ€™s Assistant Representative.
Prince Oyinlola explained that the state government has in the last seven years signed several agreements and has therefore, laid solid development foundation for generations yet unborn.
The governor also disclosed that his administration has never defaulted in paying its own counterpart fund thus ensuring that there is no gap in the course of implementing all the agreed programmes, sayingÂ this has paved the way for the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals.
He commended UNICEF for providing the State with technical support during the production of the first ever Osun State MDGs Report and the on-going Community Driven Rural Development Programme.
While signing the document, the Chief of B-field of UNCIEF and Assistant Country Representative, Mrs.Â Nyanti, lauded the state governor for his concerted efforts at improving the lives of the people of the State and for prioritizing development as a key issue in governance.
She also noted with satisfaction the fact that the state governor has signed the Child Rights Law and put in place the Child Rights Implementation and Monitoring Committee in all the 30 local governments and the Area office.
According to her, the state has been unique in the implementation of the community development driven initiative which has covered 61 communities in all the local governments in the state while another batch of 61 communities have been listedÂ for development.
She however noted the area of concern which is in the implementation of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene programme ( WASH ) which she said needed the governorâ€™s intervention so that the programme will be fully implemented and all payments concluded by December 15, 2010 so that the donor agencies would not ask the state government for a refund.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Kazeem Adio thanked the new Chief of B-Field Office of UNICEF, Mrs.Â Nyanti for coming to the state and congratulated her on her new appointment.