The Wife of Taraba State Governor Barr. Anna Darius Ishaku has called on Civil Societies, NGOs and individuals to collaborate with the the government as a renewed strategy to curb the menace of HIV/AIDS in the society and particularly among adolescents.
The Governor’s wife stated this shortly after the Northern Governor’s Wives Forum held recently in Abuja. The meeting which was hosted by wife of the Benue State Governor, Dr. Eunice Samuel Ortom is the second under the present administration.
Barr. Anna who described the meeting as quite revealing given presentations on issues affecting the society with emphasis on the northern zone expressed shock over the increased rate of HIV/AIDS among adolescents.
She noted with dismay that Taraba State is rated among the high prevalent states adding that the scary statistics is a wake-up call to stakeholders and urged them to return to the drawing board as researches and intervention mechanisms by government and international agencies seem to be defying solutions.
The Governor’s Wife further disclosed that one of the issues raised that her NGO would also focus on is drug and substance abuse, stressing that it is a cause of concern as this vice is destroying youths at an alarming rate.
In a communique presented by the Chairperson of the forum and wife of Zamfara State Governor, Hajiya Asmau Yari, the forum stressed readiness to focus on addressing the issue of drugs and substance abuse using counseling as a major tool as well as collaboration to tackle HIV/AIDS amongst adolescents.
The forum noted with satisfaction the recent improvement on security within the country particularly in the northern region and the release of twenty one Chibok girls while commending President Buhari’s security agencies as well as domestic and international humanitarian efforts.
The Northern Governor’s wives applauded the effort of the wife of the President, Hajiya Aisha Buhari and the Future Assured Program for raising awareness and easing the plight of Internally Displaced Persons(IDPs) and expressed willingness to participate in their resettlement.
The meeting recorded various presentations from experts on how to end HIV/AIDS with drugs and substance abuse among youths in Northern Nigeria.