• Nigeria needs 25 million toilets by 2025 -UNICEF

    Nigeria needs 25 million toilets by 2025 -UNICEF

    Nigeria needs an investment of N850bn for households to construct 25 million toilets by 2025, as no fewer than 120 million people in Nigeria lack access to improved sanitation facilities, thereby exposing them to public health hazards, this is according to United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

    UNICEF’s Chief Officer in charge of Water Sanitation and Hygiene, Mr Kannan Nadar, disclosed this in an interview in Abuja.

    According to him, reaching the Sustainable Development Goals target on Sanitation requires us to multiply our […]

  • 60% Nigerian children suffer sexual, physical violence – UNICEF

    60% Nigerian children suffer sexual, physical violence – UNICEF

    Over 60 per cent Nigerian children suffer sexual, physical and other kinds of violence in the society, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday.

    Ms Ladi Alabi, a Child Protection Specialist with UNICEF, Bauchi Field Office, made the disclosure during her advocacy visit to the Jos Zonal Office of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

    Alabi said, ”Statistics has it that 60 per cent of Nigerian children suffer some forms of violence; meaning that, six out of every 10 Nigerian […]

  • Parent Can’t Pay School Fee: ‘Change’ Stole Our School Fees

    Parent Can’t Pay School Fee: ‘Change’ Stole Our School Fees

    September is here. The holidays are over. It’s time for the ‘leaders of a tomorrow that never comes’, to go back to school.

    Parents with one child are having nightmares while those with more than one can’t even sleep. As for those with children studying abroad, the Lord is their strength.

    Change begins with us, so says our esteemed President. And even though he stole Obama’s 2008 speech, what he says is true, we can feel the pains of change.

    I don’t mean […]

  • Borno facing world’s worst food crisis – UNICEF

    Borno facing world’s worst food crisis – UNICEF

    The food crisis unfolding in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno state is probably the worst in the world at the moment, with 4.5 million people in need of assistance, out of which one million are in danger of extreme malnutrition, according to Unicef.

    “We haven’t found the right words yet to describe the magnitude of the problem,” said Arjan de Wagt, Unicef’s chief of nutrition in Nigeria, in an interview in the capital, Abuja on Friday. “I’ve checked with my colleagues in New […]

  • UNICEF lauds LG over N500,000 monthly release for infant feeding

    UNICEF lauds LG over N500,000 monthly release for infant feeding

    The United Nations Children’s Fund on Sunday commended Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State for announcing a monthly release of N500,000 for feeding of children.

    The monthly release of N500,000 is part of effort to own and promote Infant and Young Child Feeding in the 203 communities of the council area.

    UNICEF’s Kaduna Chief of Field Office, Utpal Moitra, who gave the commendation in a statement in Kaduna, described the effort as positive and welcome development.

    Moitra said the effort was a […]

  • 13 per cent infant deaths linked to inadequate breastfeeding – UNICEF

    13 per cent infant deaths linked to inadequate breastfeeding – UNICEF

    The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said that low exclusive breast feeding and inappropriate complementary feeding was responsible for increasing rate of stunted growth among children in Nigeria.

    Making a presentation at a workshop on child malnutrition at Ibadan, the UNICEF Nutrition Specialist, Mrs Ada Ezeogu, added that 33% of children are already stunted following reports by the National Health and Nutrition Survey (NHNS) survey of 2015.

    She further explained that children who are exclusively breastfed including with the right complementary […]

  • UNICEF ranks Jigawa and Bauchi as having highest number of malnourished children

    UNICEF ranks Jigawa and Bauchi as having highest number of malnourished children

    The UNICEF Bauchi D Field Office says Jigawa and Bauchi States have the largest number of malnourished children in Nigeria.

    Dr. Danjuma Almustafa, UNICEF, Bauchi D Field Officer, stated this in Bauchi at the presentation of a report on National Nutritional and Health Survey.

    Almustafa, who represented the UNICEF Chief of D Field Office, Bauchi, said: “The National Nutrition and Health Survey of 2015 shows that Jigawa has the highest prevalence of severe underweight children among all states surveyed.

    “The situation is particularly […]

  • Over 50m Nigerians Defecate Openly – UNICEF Discloses

    Over 50m Nigerians Defecate Openly – UNICEF Discloses

    The United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, has disclosed that over 50million Nigerians do not have access to toilets hence resort to open defecation.

    The world body also revealed that Nigeria ranks among the five countries in the world with the greatest rates of open defecation.

    This was made known in a report issued yesterday by Ijeoma Onuoha-Ogwe, UNICEF ‘A Field Office’Communication Officer (Advocacy, Media and External Relations) on behalf of Sanjay Wijesekera, head of UNICEF’s global water, sanitation and hygiene programmes, to […]

  • Aisha Buhari urges government to enforce law on rape, protect women & children

    Aisha Buhari urges government to enforce law on rape, protect women & children

    The wife of Nigeria’s president, Mrs Aisha Muhammadu, who stated this when she received some staff of the Ministry of Women affairs, UNICEF & National Population Commission, has urged government at all levels to enforce the law on rape, to protect women and children in the country.

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    “We are aware of the national law on rape passed this year on May 25 (Prohibition Act 2015) which states imprisonment ranging from 12 to 20 years.

    “I advocate for the enforcement of […]