The Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria has revealed that Canadian Government is set to spend N6 billion to improve the Health and Agricultural sectors of Bauchi state.
The High Commissioner who was represented by Head of Development Cooperation Global Affairs Canada Miss Linda Elrichs during an official launch of the Livelihood and Nutrition Empowerment (LINE) and the Bauchi Opportunities for Responsive Maternal Neonatal and Child Health (BORN) Projects in Bauchi, explained that the five year LINE and BORN Projects are being implemented in the state by development partners namely Oxfam and Plan International respectively with funding from Canadian Government.
Elrichs said the Canadian Commission is supporting Bauchi State with the funds to complement its efforts to address poverty by empowering farmers in the state and to reduce diseases as well infants and maternal mortality rates through strengthening health and education institutions.
Oxfam Associate Country Director, Ms Evelyn Mere, in her remarks that the relationship between Bauchi state government and Canada has been renewed through the launch of LINE and BORN Projects in line with the goals of the Bauchi State government to prioritize health and agriculture, areas she said Canadian commission also has focus.
The focus of the project under BONE she disclosed is to contribute to the state government’s efforts to reduce diseases, maternal and infants mortality rates and strength health institutions
The project which targets two million people particularly women and adolescent girl child is expected to reverse the high rates of infant and maternal mortality rates in the state.
The programme is expected to empower farmers in Bauchi State to improve their llivelihoods and also address the high infant and maternal mortality rates in the state.
Also in his speech Bauchi state Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar said that the his government was ready to provide enable environment for donor agencies who have interest in the state.