Oyo State Government in collaboration with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has begun a second phase of the thematic working group session on the development of situation analysis of children and women in the State.
According to Oyostate.gov.ng,the three-day workshop which started on Wednesday in Oyo town brought together stakeholders from different sectors to contribute towards the critical situation analysis of women and children in the State.
The Commissioner, Ministry for Budget and Economic Planning, Barr Adeniyi Farintoin in his opening remarks noted that such an exercise is essential for planning, progress, and development of the State.
The commissioner who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mrs. Mofoluke Adebiyi, stated that Oyo State was privileged to be among the nine states in the federation chosen for the program.
“This exercise is limited to just nine states in the federation and it is a good thing that Oyo State has the opportunity to participate.
“The essence is to determine what exactly are the causes and ways to eradicate the high mortality rate among the women and children in Oyo State, We all know that when it is well with the mothers and children then, it will be well with the society.”
He disclosed that the Seyi- Makinde led administration was prepared to ensure that no stone is left unturned in giving a better life to the children and women in the State.
“In view of this, there is a concerted effort on accelerated action initiative to reduce morbidity and mortality in some Local Government Areas. For-better informed intervention, there is a need to undertake a full situation analysis of children and women in the State.”
In his welcome address, Director, Microeconomic planning, Mr. Ademola Adediran appreciated the Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde for his support and magnanimity in ensuring that the programme was extended outside Ibadan.
The UNICEF consultant, Mr. Wale Oladimeji while giving his presentation noted that Data is a key factor in the progress and development of any society, this is why the importance of Child/Women Situation Analysis (SitAn) could not be overemphasized.