Child growth and development in some Nigerian states is under attack.

This follows cases of food shortage and lack of access to reach some communities cut off by Boko Haram in the north-east. 

Zamfara is one of the states that has recorded series of attacks in recent years, but some disadvantaged children there are finding a reason to smile again. 

The United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF) is bringing them help.

Mr Mohameden Fall, who is in charge of UNICEF's Sokoto Field Office, made the promise on Wednesday at the opening of a two-day “2018 Mid-Year Review and Planning Meeting” on the fund’s set out goals in the state.

The field covers Sokoto, Zamfara and Kebbi States.

He said child survival, development and protection are the major guarantees for nation building.

The intervention of the UNICEF focuses on five sectors of health, education, nutrition, Communication for Development (C4D), and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH).

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According to the UN body, they are part of a deliberate effort in child growth and development.

Mr Fall, however, advised the state government to be more forthcoming in the release of its counterpart funds in order to access more support from partners.

The UN official said that the convergence of all partners in one place, which was recently conceived by the UNICEF, was already working in ensuring that issues affecting women and children are effectively addressed.

He noted that emerging issues like bad attitude and violence against children as well as the promotion of equality, voice, power and a sense of belonging should be encouraged in communities.

The Secretary to the State Government, Professor Abdullahi Shinkafi, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Affairs, Yakubu Haidara, assured the UNICEF official that the state government would cooperate with development partners.

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