By Hon. Ishaku Boaz.
With institutions of learning affected by the coronavirus all over the world, the wife of Taraba State Governor Barr. Anna Darius Ishaku has sponsored the design of an e-learning portal to keep the door of learning open in the state.
The governor’s wife gave the website to the commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education Hon. Johannes Jigen as her contribution to education in response to Covid-19 and said they should ensure they sustain the project.
According to her, the website is rich with education contents, a robust interface for interaction with students, feedback on questions by students etc.
Learners can access the website through e-learning.linkedvoices.com.ng using android phone, laptop and desktop computer.
The occasion was witnessed by commissioners and stakeholders in the education sector.
Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Yutaka Kikuta and Hope Afresh Foundation today signed a grand contract of $197, 736 for the establishment of a facility for the processing of Sesame seeds in Taraba State.
Hope Afresh Foundation is an initiative of Barr Anna Ishaku, wife of the Governor of Taraba State, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku which has done a lot in empowering women and youths.
Sesame production is one of the crops whose growth is being promoted by the Ishaku administration.
The fund is being provided by the Japanese government under that country’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects.
The Sesame processing project is an initiative of the Hope Afresh Foundation and will be executed in collaboration with Toyota Tsusho Corporation.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Barr. Anna Ishaku thanked the government of Japan for the good gesture and assured that the facility will greatly boost sesame seed production in Taraba State.
The wife of the governor also spoke about the numerous achievements of the Foundation which includes the discovery of Ndola, a community of people who live on the mountains in Taraba State which was inaccessible to modern civilisation.
She said following the discovery, the community has now been provided with modern amenities including a police station and health facilities by the Taraba State government.
Gov. Ishaku who also witnessed the event joined his wife in thanking the Japanese government for the support to the Foundation and by extension, Taraba State government.
Earlier, Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Yutaka Kikuta assured Taraba State’s first couple of the resolve of his country to support projects that can help in the empowerment of the people.
The event took place at the Japanese embassy in Abuja.
Barr. Mrs. Anna Darius Ishaku; CEO/Founder Hope Afresh Foundation Taraba.
Hope Afresh Foundation Taraba (HAFT) in collaboration with her development partner, the Comptroller General of Custom, Mr. Hameed Ali, who was represented by DSC Ikpi Kadiri Angulu today distributed relief materials to the various internally displaced persons (IDPs) of the state.
The CEO and founder of Hope Afresh Foundation Taraba Barr. (Mrs) Anna Ishaku, Wife of the Executive Governor of Taraba state presided over the ceremony today at Jalingo at the premises of the foundation.
Barr. Anna Ishaku noted that it was truly delightful for the Nigerian Custom Services to have deemed it necessary to join hands with her foundation in providing relief materials to IDPs of the state inclusive of orphans and refugees.
She expressed that the harsh reality of IDPs in the state should not be celebrated state of affairs but rather everyone should hope to see the end of it one day and rejoice for people to finally be back safe in their respective homes.
According to her,
“The present status of being a refugee or displaced person should not be embraced as a permanent solution because going back and resettling to your various homes is the ultimate solution for the livelihood of every person of the society”.
Earlier, the Project Manager (HAFT), Mrs. Helen Douglas explained that the relief materials is to cushion the hardship facing the IDPs who fled their ancestral homes as a result of either communal clash between farmers and herders or the Fulani and Kona crisis. She urged the beneficiaries to cherish the kind gesture of the Comptroller General of Customs and Her Excellency for having a collection purpose of putting smiles on the downtrodden in the society.
Presentation of the relief materials was chaired by Her Excellency, Barr. Anna Ishaku to beneficiaries from IDPs in Jalingo, Lau, Donga and Wukari Local Government Areas together with orphanage homes.