By Anyway Yotamu.
HARARE – The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) newly appointed Representative in Zimbabwe, Dr Tajudeen Oyewale presented his credentials to Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Fredrick Shava in Harare last week.
He takes over from , Ms Laylee Moshiri.
Presenting his credentials to Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister, Dr Oyewale says, “The new country programme will aim at sustaining gains achieved and improve on areas of health, education, nutrition, WASH, child protection, HIV/AIDS and adolescent development. It will also support the Government’s devolution agenda through public finance analysis and management, social policy and social protection”.
He hailed the government for the ongoing free National vaccination exercise but however urged the nation to guard against complacency.
Dr Oyewale reaffirmed his commitment to serve the country.
“My primary goal is to support the Government in ensuring the development of children in Zimbabwe”.
“I commit to supporting the Government in its implementation and the achievement of its vision,” he said.
Accepting Dr. Oyewale’s credentials, Foreign Affairs and International Trade minister, Hon Frederick Shava had this to say;
“I look forward to working closely with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) under your leadership as we seek to promote and fulfil children’s rights in Zimbabwe.
“I am confident that through your leadership, the relations between Zimbabwe and UNICEF will continue to grow. Zimbabwe is committed to deepening this collaboration through joint efforts in health, child protection and education matters.”
Minister Shava expressed gratitude to UNICEF for its continued humanitarian assistance to Zimbabwe.
Minister Shava said the storm is not yet over due to various obstacles, chief amongst them being vaccine hesitancy within members of the public.
Dr. Oyewale has worked with UNICEF for 19 years. He began his career as a Medical Doctor in Lagos, Nigeria and joined UNICEF in 2002.
Prior to his latest assignment, he was the UNICEF Deputy Representative in Pakistan, UNICEF Acting Representative and Deputy Representative in DRC. He has undertaken postings to Bangladesh, Indonesia and top management roles at the UNICEF Headquarters, in New York.
Dr. Oyewale holds Doctor of Literature and Philosophy (Dlitt Et Phil) in Health Studies from the University of Pretoria, a Master of Public Health from the University of South Africa and Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery Degrees from the College of Medicine, University of Lagos in Nigeria.
By Anyway Yotamu.