Bauchi state Governor, Bala Mohammed has expressed delight over the selection of the state as a beneficiary of a one-year United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Japanese Government project on empowerment of women and girls in marginalized communities for better well-being through education and advocacy.
Governor Bala Mohammed while interacting with officials of the UNESCO who paid him an advocacy visit at Government House Bauchi on Tuesday said his administration will provide the needed counterpart funding for effective implementation of the project in the State.
A press statement made available to journalists in Bauchi by the Governor’s Special Assistant on New Media, Lawal Muazu, described the project as rewarding and mutually beneficial.
Governor Bala who said that the project when implemented will no doubt be of immense benefit to the people of Bauchi, particularly women and vulnerable, pledged to work with critical stakeholders for improved welfare of the people.
Bala who noted that his administration has so far renovated hundreds of classrooms across the State to improve education for better teaching and learning, solicited for the support of the Japanese government towards construction of additional modern schools in the State.
Earlier speaking, the leader of the UNESCO delegation, Mrs Magdalene Maida said the visit was to brief the Governor on the implementation of its new project and to discuss with him strategies for strengthening UNESCO’s cooperation in Bauchi State.
She said the project was meant to be implemented in Bauchi, Gombe and Delta States with funding from the Government of Japan and technical support of UNESCO to increase awareness on gender-based violence among young women and girls.
Mrs Magdalene said the project will be implemented in close collaboration with government agencies, community and religious leaders, CSOs the media among others.