Zamfara State Budget Working Group has appealed to the state government to address exclusion of the Fulanis from accessing Maternal New-born and Child Health, MNCH facilities and government facilities.
In a one-day interactive session on non-access to MNCH facilities by the Fulani nomads in Zamfara, the group said the exclusion of the nomads was detrimental, stressing that they must be integrated through deliberate programmes that would encourage them to access available facilities.
Chairman of the Occasion, Malam Bachiri Sarkin Fulani, said considering the roles of Fulanis to the socioeconomic development of the state their well-being needs to be protected at all cost especially on issues that borders around their health and the education of their children.
Vice Chairman of the Group, Malam Rabiu Ahmad Sambo, in his paper said allocating less than 15 per cent of the total state budget to the health sector remains one of the challenges that made issue of the MNCH reduction in Zamfara a failure.
He stressed that, despite the huge gap between the state health sector budget and what was actually released by the government over the years, there are unending disagreements between the government actors and those that are tracking the performance.
The vice chairman added that from 2009 to date, issue of fund release to the state health sector remain one of the critical issues members of the Civil Society in Zamfara have been battling to address.
Head of the Public Relations Unit of the State House of Assembly Malam Nasiru Usman Biyabiki while commanding the organisers for the foresight then urged all and sundry to remain active in supporting the state legislature to get a perfect budget that would help address the basic issues affecting the people.
He assured the stakeholders that, at the level of the state assembly, they would continue to accord the state health sector the priority it deserved and urged Fulani nomads in the state to consider state health sector budget as something that belongs to all citizen without discrimination.