UNICEF has handed over 16 motor bikes and bicycles to its partners and counterparts in Kailahun, Kono, Kenema, Pujehun and Bonthe districts at a well attended ceremony at UNICEF’s Maxwell Khobe Street office in Kenema.
In her welcome statement the UNICEF’s acting officer in charge, Rugiatu Kanu, said her organisation had been advocating for children and had concerns for children’s rights which she said were the reason for UNICEF to establish coordination with government’s ministries and line NGOs.
She said UNICEF had undertaken the construction of schools and supply of school materials and provision of hand pumps among others.
Ms Kanu disclosed that the reason behind the distribution of the motorbike and bicycles to their partners and counterparts was to enable them monitor and evaluate their activities, and appealed to them to use the items judiciously.
In his contribution the deputy Director of Education East (DDE), Peter Thomas, described his ministry as a father and UNICEF as a mother, maintaining that the relationship had been and would continue to be very cordial.
He thanked UNICEF for its timely intervention, adding that with the provision of motorbikes and bicycles his ministry would be able to effectively monitor and evaluate its activities in Kenema city. The Kenema District Council chief administrator, Charlie Kallon, expressed gratefulness to UNICEF for their timely intervention.