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UNICEF Partners Cross River Government To Provide Nutritional Services For Children and the Vulnerable

The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund, (UNICEF) has renewed its commitment to partner with the Cross River State Government in providing nutritional services to vulnerable persons in the State. 

Head of UNICEF, Enugu Field office who oversees Cross River, Ibrahim Conteh, revealed this during his visit to the Ministry of International Development Cooperation in Calabar. 

Conteh said that the UN Agency is determined to reach the most disadvantaged children and vulnerable adolescents to protect the rights of every child, everywhere in Nigeria. He was accompanied by the UNICEF Nutrition Officer, Ngozi Anora and the Head of Planning and Monitoring Services, Maureen Okolo, 

"Providing nutritional services will help children to survive, thrive and fulfil their potential, from early childhood through adolescence." He said.  

Meanwhile, the Commissioner for International Development Corporation, Inyang Asibong had earlier assured the UNICEF representatives that Cross River State is ready to roll out its Social Protection Policy and multi-sectoral plan for Nutrition. 

"The policy will cater for the nutritional needs of children,  educational needs, and support the less privileged in communities," Asibong added.

The launch of the social protection policy has been scheduled to hold in October 2021 following activity meetings with line Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government as well as stakeholders and clusters across the State with the Ministry of International Development Cooperation (MIDC) as the coordinating partner.

Others who joined Commissioner Asibong during the meeting were, Mr Ogbang Akwaji, Permanent Secretary  MIDC, Mrs Mbong Ausaji, Director of Admin., MIDC, amongst others.

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