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Bauchi agency seeks USAID support for OVC

The Bauchi State Orphan and Vulnerable Children Agency (BASOVCA) has appealed to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and other development organisations to assist orphans in the state.

Malam Abdullahi Ibrahim, Director, Community Mobilisation and Programmes of the agency, made the call during the Orphans and Vulnerable Chidren (OVC) technical steering committee meeting in Bauchi on Thursday.

Ibrahim said it was imperative for the USAID and other donor organisations to expand the scope of their interventions to accommodate all registered OVC including those not infected by HIV/AIDS.

He said the aim of the meeting was to enhance coordination of OVC HIV/AIDS response in the state.

He noted that donor agencies and other critical stakeholders were expected to consider vulnerable children in their activities.

“The OVC are desirous of care and support not only those infected by HIV/AIDS.

“BASOVCA will continue to enlighten the donor agencies on the need to consider the plight of all orphans and vulnerable children in the state,” he said.

According to him, the agency has so far registered 936,211 OVCs since inception in 2013.

Ibrahim said the state government had initiated the process to implement the proposed National Priority Agenda for Orphan and Vulnerable Children in tandem with tradition and culture of the people of the state.

“The agency is fully committed to the welfare of OVCs especially the domestication of the Child Rights Act,” he said.

He added that the agency would pursue the objective to fruition as the state House of Assembly was working tirelessly to actualise it.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the meeting was attended by representatives drawn from 21-line ministries and agencies.

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