By AUSTIN OWOICHO, Abuja
The Delta State House of Assembly has commended the partnership between the state and the United Nation’s International Children and Education Fund, UNICEF in the Area of Social Protection and Nutrition Status, which is coordinated by Ministry of Economic Planning, Overseas Development Assistance (ODA), Depart.ment.
The commendation was made by the Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon Christopher Ochor Ochor, who represented the Speaker, Rt. Hon Sheriff Oborevwori during a visit by the Overseas Department Assistance, (ODA), Department, to the State Assembly to solicit for their cooperation in the launching of the Social Protection Policy and Food and Nutrition Policy programme coming up on Thursday October, 22.
The Deputy Speaker pointed out that from the report given by the leader of the team, Lady Patience Ogbewe, the partnership needs to be commended, especially in the area of nutrition upliftment of the children, as the state has not lacked in its efforts to raise the social protection and nutrition of the children as being one of the two states that has performed credibly well, as the scorecard showed during the recent Governors Forum meeting that the state and Lagos had the best score, within the six indices states were to address.
He commended the Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa and the Ministry of Economic Planning for the good policies, and the will to uplift the social protection and Nutritional Value of children in the state.
The Assembly however, pledged to continue their support for policies of the state government that will lift the social protection and nutritional value of children in the state, especially in the rural areas.
Earlier, the leader of the Team, Lady Patience Ogbewe, had solicited the assistance of the assembly in the area of budgeting, which she said with increasing budgeting to the department, the social protection of the children, and their nutritional value will be assured, as the department will be able to carryout its primary responsibility of educating the people on the right food to give to the children.
In attendance were the Chief Whip of the House, Princess Pat Ajudua, Hon Solomon Igrakpata, Hon Charles Emetulu, Hon Emeka Nwaobi, Hon Chika Chikezie, with delegates of the Ministry of Economic Planning, and South South representatives of UNICEF.