Bauchi State governor, Bala Mohammed has commended UNESCO and Japan Government for selecting Bauchi State for the implementation of a one-year Japan-UNESCO project on empowerment of women and girls in marginalized communities for better well-being through education and advocacy.
Speaking while interacting with officials of the UNESCO who paid him an advocacy visit at Government House Bauchi, Bala Mohammed said his administration will provide the needed counterpart funding for effective implementation of the project in the State describing the project as rewarding and mutually beneficial.
“The implementation of the project will no doubt be beneficial to the people of the State particularly women and vulnerable. We will work with critical stakeholders for their welfare,” Bala Mohammed said adding that his administration has so far renovated hundreds of classrooms across the State to improve education for better teaching and learning.
A statement issued by the Special Assistant on New Media to the Governor, Lawal Muazu Bauchi, said Bala Mohammed, therefore, solicited for the Japan’s support for the construction of additional modern schools in the State.
Earlier, leader of the UNESCO delegation, Mrs Magdalene Maida said the visit was to brief Governor Bala Mohammed on the implementation of its new project in Bauchi and to discuss with him strategies for strengthening UNESCO’s cooperation in Bauchi State.
Magdalene said the project was initiated 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.