The wife of Taraba State Governor who is also the Chief Executive Officer, CEO and Founder, Hope Afresh Foundation Taraba, Barr. Anna Darius Ishaku has applauded efforts of the Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) Team in Jalingo for showcasing the State globally.
The wife of the Governor who gave the commendation at the Conference Hall of the Hope Afresh Foundation Taraba during the Team’s meeting stated that, they had not only brought victory to the Foundation, but to Taraba and Nigeria at large.
According to her,the Global Award earned by the Team can only be described as a miracle considering events that led to its achievement, stressing that she is proud of efforts put by the Team members in bringing Taraba to its present status.
Barr. Anna Ishaku explained that, the GCTC Smart City project is expected to bring about a feasible solution to the recurring problem of IDPs which has devastated the North East and Taraba in particular.
She further disclosed that, in a chat with NITDA officials in Abuja, her eyes were opened to great opportunities that abound if the project is sustained, stressing that the State Government will take over the project at this point as it is now beyond her office.
She assured the Team of her total commitment in ensuring that their hard work yields desired results.
Speaking earlier, the Chairperson GCTC Jalingo, Mrs. Grace Amaefula stated that through efforts of the Governor’s wife and the SSG’s office, the Taraba State Government Website which had been down was restored by the Nigerian Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA who later invited the Foundation for a workshop on the GCTC project.
According to her, that was the starting point of the project whereby the ICT unit of the Foundation attended the workshop in February 2016 alongside 5 other pilot States, one from each geopolitical Zone including Lagos and Abuja.
She further pointed out that, following the outcome of the workshop, Her Excellency suggested that Taraba focus its project on the Internally Displaced as that was the prevalent problem in the North East, adding that since then, the constant supervision, inputs and financial support of the Governor’s wife has been the reason for the success of the Team so far.
She also presented the achievements made by the Team to include; ascertaining the total number of IDPs, Identification of key IDPs problems, Global recognition and Leadership Award of 10000 Dollars by GCTC, GIS mapping of Jalingo, Talking Book for rural dwellers among many others.
In their separate remarks, two of the Team members, a retired Permanent Secretary with the Ministry of Science and Technology, Mr. Amos Wanmi, and a lecturer with Taraba State University, Dr. Yahaya Salihu Emeje took turns to appreciate the Governor’s wife for her support to the group and passion towards salvaging the less privileged.
According to them, Her Excellency is a woman who makes the most out of every opportunity despite lean resources, to ‘make things happen’, stressing that in development, willpower is the key, therefore she should sustain the willpower in her and not allow discouragement to set in due to lack of resources as it will surely come.
Climax of the event was the presentation of Commendation Letters to Team members by the Governor’s wife.