Governor Aliyu Seeks Swiss Educational Support, Health Care, Others

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By Muhammad Ibrahim,Sokoto

Gov. Ahmed Aliyu of Sokoto State has solicited the support and cooperation of the Switzerland authorities in the areas of education, healthcare delivery and human development

He made the plea when he received the Switzerland Ambassador to Nigeria, Nicolas Lang, on a courtesy call.

The statement by governor’s media aide Abubakar Bawa durther said the Governor appealed for Switzerland’s support to Sokoto State in the areas out-of-school children, IDP camps as well support to vulnerable groups.

“All these groups need your serious support in line with the intervention you are giving to our country Nigeria.

“My administration is always ready to collaborate with any country or body working towards making the lives of our people better,” he added.

Alhaji Aliyu thanked the Envoy for the visit and assured him of his administration’s readness to partner his country in the overall interest of the state.

Earlier, Ambassador Nicholas Lang, represented by the Press Secretary for Humanitarian and Development Cooperation, Nicholas Martins told the Governor that Switzerland has been implementatmg humanitarian projects in close collaboration with the Nigerian government since 2014.

He said their focus had been extensively on the North East Nigeria, responding to the victims of Boko Haram insurgency.

“But, we have not been blind to the fact that there are also the humanitarian needs in the North w
West of the country, arising from the raging banditry crisis.

“We are doing advocacy at our level here to our headquarters to enable us go beyond our area of focus so far which was the North East,” he added

Lang added that they were able to fund a project in Sokoto, partnering Action Against Hunger, an NGO that will be implementing a one year project in Bodinga and Tambuwal Local Government areas.

The project, he said, is focusing on nutrition, water and sanitation,which he said is the first Switzerland’s project in the State.

He commended Gov. Ahmed Aliyu for the interest and commitment shown in the collaboration with his country to tackle the humanitarian issues.

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