The Shehu of Borno Alhaji Abubakar Umar Ibn Garbai El-kanemi on Friday agreed to lead UNICEF’s cholera prevention campaign in the state to prevent an outbreak of the endemic and seasonal disease.
Speaking during an advocacy visit by Geoffrey Ijumba, UNICEF Chief Field Officer in Borno on Friday the Shehu said that the emirate will support UNICEF’s interventions.
He noted that the issues raised regarding healthcare, nutrition, sanitation and hygiene, including education are very critical in a land facing humanitarian challenges.
The royal father commended UNICEF for providing humanitarian and developmental assistance to children.
The Shehu regretted that children had lost a good part of their lives out of school due to the insurgency and called for efforts to mobilise enrolment of children back to school.
Ijumba had commended the emirate for prioritising its support for women and children in all areas of UNICEF’s activities in the state.