Bauchi State government has paid up N15 million as a refund to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for its Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) and other interventions in the state.
The state’s governor, Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, approved the immediate refund of N15 million to the State UNICEF Field Office during an
interactive session with its officials led by the state Chief Field Officer, Bhanu Pathak.
The governor was responding to a request by UNICEF for the state government to refund the money not utilized by the Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (BSPHCDA) during the last administration, Daily Trust reports.
Senator Mohammed frowned at the spending of N732 million by the previous administration without proper documentation.
He said he would continue to ensure payment of counterpart funding to enable the state to access more interventions from donor agencies.
Governor Mohammed also promised the readiness of his administration to
fill the human capital gap in the state for effective implementation of projects by development partners.
Bhanu Pathak said UNICEF supported the implementation of five programs in health, education, sanitation, nutrition, and child protection.
According to him, the organization has set aside N270 million for the supply of commodities to treat malnourished children.
He, therefore, appealed to the governor to allocate more resources for tackling malnutrition in the state.