According to the 2021 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS 6), 65% of Northwest Children Are Multi-dimensionally Poor, with Jigawa state ranking highest at 73%.
This was revealed during the launching of the MICS 6 report organized by the Jigawa state ministry of finance and economic planning in collaboration with the UNICEF field office, in Kano.
The event held at Manpower Development Institute Dutse was attended by many key stakeholders including political leaders, civil servants, civil societies, community leaders and groups, Traditional leaders, religious leaders, and donor partners among others.
In her speech, the Chief of UNICEF Kano Office, Mrs. Raham R Mohammed Farah said the report is a source of concern as it shows the critical situation our children are living in and how they are also facing an uncertain future.
“According to the Survey which was carried out in 2021 and the results released in Aug 2022 shows that 73.9% of children in Jigawa are multi-dimensionally poor.
“This high rate shows a striking reality that children’s rights in Jigawa state are not being fulfilled. Most children in the state are deprived of their fundamental rights for survival, protection, and development.
“The MICS results in 2021 for Jigawa state reveal that while the state has made significant progress in some indicators such as child Immunization coverage, from 2011 to 2021, it reduced less than 5 mortality by 37%. This is indeed substantial progress that needs to be continued and sustained
“However, there are still indicators that either did not improve (such as the case of child birth registration) or Child nutrition.
“In Education, 44% of children that are supposed to be in primary school are still out of school.
“Today’s launching of the MICS in Jigawa is an urgent call for action, this an emergency call for policymakers, community leaders, civil society organizations, politicians, the state parliamentarians, and international actors across all sectors to put the most need efforts and design innovative strategies to improve the current human development situation in the state especially for improving the wellbeing of children and women who suffer the most,” Farah declared.