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.
Hope Afresh foundation Taraba in collaboration with Ishk Tolaram foundation has commenced donation of free artificial limbs to Amputees in the state.
Speaking at event at Hope Afresh Foundation Taraba, wife of the Governor Barr. Anna Darius Ishaku who was represented by her Senior Special Assistant on Administration, Barr. Nun-Rimam Dashe said the gesture is to give a sense of belonging to the Amputees.
The Governor’s wife explained that the free donation will run to Sunday this week at the Hope Afresh foundation, Taraba.
Anna Darius Ishaku commended her partners for supporting her desires of touching lives in the state.
On her part, the President, Centre of Advocacy for Persons with Disability, Omotunde Ellen Thompson said the gesture is a plus to disabled in Taraba state.
Omotunde described the gesture as timely as the artificial limbs will give amputees a sense of belonging.
Some of the beneficiaries explained that with the artificial limbs, they can now work and engaged in some skills acquisition to earn a living.
Many screened Amputees are seen at Hope Afresh foundation eagerly waiting to receive their free artificial limbs.
The exercise continues from today until Sunday to effectively attend to all screened amputees drawn from the three senatorial zones of the state and beyond.
Wives of governors of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has expressed dismay on intense level of violence against women and children in the country.
This is contained in a communique issued at the meeting of forum of wives of governors of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and signed by the wife of the Chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, Chairperson Northern Governors Wives Forum, Amina Abubakar and Chairperson Southern Governors Wives Forum, Besty Obaseki.
The governors wives pledged their support to the First Lady of Nigeria, Aisha Buhari and call for actions to be taken against the increasing rate at which women and children are being sexually abused in Nigeria.
They lamented that on daily basis there are cases of defilement of even babies of six months old, rape, domestic violence, sexual harrassment and even murder of women and children.
The communique expressed worry that women and children with special needs have also become targets of sexual violence even with the existence of laws at the federal level such as Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act, 2015 as well as legislations at state levels.
The governors wives said as cn the Inspector General of Police to direct the Nigerian Police to treat rape and defilement cases with speed and the seriousness such cases deserve in order to ensure justice for victims.
It added that police should be tactful and supportive in the handling of alleged sexual offences and take measures to prevent the intimidation of victims by families and associates of suspects.
The forum of governors wives also said rape and sexual offences desks should be created in police stations across the country where they do not exist.
It also states that the Attorney General of the Federation as well as State Attorney Generals should fast track cases of rape and defilement and set up special offences courts for rape and defilement cases.
The communique beseech the minister of health to ensure timely provision of sensitive and comprehensive medical services to victims of sexual violence.
It pleaded that all medical facilities be equipped with Rape Kits and Post Exposure Prophylaxis,PEP to prevent rape victims from contracting HIV & AIDS.
The forum further appeal to the national assembly, governors and state houses of assembly to facilitate the passage of laws to protect women and children from violence and abuse and urged civil society organisations and women’s support groups to continue to advocate on behalf of victims as well as provide all relevant services.
The forum implored the public to address issue of rape and sexual violence by supporting victims to get Justice and break the culture of being mute which prevent victims from reporting such cases.
The communique reiterated that as wives of governors, they are committed to using their positions to support all efforts aimed at mitigating the scourge.