Hope Afresh Foundation Taraba (HAFT) has commenced the flag-off ceremony towards free provisions of Artificial Limbs to Amputees in the state.
This is in collaboration with Centre for Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities and Tolaram Charity Foundation.
H.E Barr. Mrs. Anna Ishaku ( CEO – HAFT), graciously represented by the foundation’s administrative officer, Barr. Mrs. Dashe Nun-Rimam said history has been made today with the commendable efforts of the Governor’s wife as over 400 beneficiaries will be attended to. The exercise which started with the first phase on measurements of the various limbs of all participants will continue through out the week.
The National President Centre for Advocacy For Person with Disabilities (APWD), Mrs. Omotunde Ellen Thompson said that there is ability for any disability because she stands as a living testimony because she has been handicapped from the age of five. She said a disabled person is still full of potentials and all he or she needs is encouragement from genuine people like Her Excellency who has sought to reduce their handicapping conditions for a more meaningful life.
In his vote of thanks, Mr. Obadiah Musa, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health Taraba state, appreciated the initiative of the Governor’s wife and her partners in rendering selfless service to the wellbeing of handicaps in the state. He further encouraged staff of HAFT to always see such work as a call to the hopeless rather than duty.
“Lets Get Nigeria Working Again” is a clarion call for which the Nigeria women are so determined not to leave any stone unturned.
It was for this course that the wife of the Taraba State Governor, Barr. Anna Darius Ishaku, wife of the former Vice President of Nigeria, Hajia Titi Atiku Abubakar, wife of the Senate President, Mrs. Toyin Saraki alongside the wife of the Speaker, Mrs. Gimbia Dogara and wife of the of the Benue State Governor , Her Excellency Eunice Ortom with other Prominent PDP stakeholders’ wives and women of substance across Nigeria met at the PDP National Women Conference 2019, held in Abuja the nation’s capital.
At the conference with the theme “Call to Action”, these women of substance from various walks of life pained by the state of the nation, came out of their comfort zones to deliberate on critical issues that affect Nigerians, particularly women and children who are the most vulnerable.
According to these women of impact, they no longer needed any form of “slow motion”. They prefer a President that can hit the ground running and that is no other person than Alhaji Atiku Abubakar GCON.
The women appealed that women be given more roles as party agents and canvassers as they are better canvassers for vote who can devise strategies to convince their husbands to vote for Atiku.
Since a man’s hair cannot be shaved in his absence, the incoming President and the presidential candidate of PDP was accompanied to the conference by the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and the National Chairman of PDP, Chief Uche Secondus.
Atiku commended the women for organizing the conference which according him was historic and promising with futuristic benefits.
Atiku disclosed that for his near three decades in politics, women had always been his greatest supporters and the presence of his wives in that conference was an indication that women will not be relegated to the “other room” but will be at the forefront of decision making process in his government when elected.
Concurring to the views of Atiku, Saraki and the PDP Chairman applauded the women for the marvelous initiative and assured them of their cooperation. They also lauded the women for being reliable, dependable and trustworthy when it comes to the Nigerian electoral system.
According to the duo, Nigeria is in critical need for a healthy and energetic president who has the capacity and capability to handle the activities of the Presidency for 24 hours a day just as the seat requires.
The Hope Health Center an offshoot of the Hope Afresh Foundation Taraba, has marked its first year anniversary.
His Excellency, Arc. Darius Ishaku with his wife, Barr. Anna Ishaku celebrating the one year anniversary of Hope Health Centre in Jalingo.
The center which was established by Her Excellency Barrister Anna Darius Ishaku is a rehabilitation centre for the treatment of people battling with drug and substance abuse.
Mrs. Ishaku disclosed that she was moved to open the centre when she was confronted with pathetic stories of persons involved with drug abuse and other related addictions.
She revealed that the center was a direct investment from her office to help giveTarabans trapped in the world of drug addiction an exit route through rehabilitation.
“It was a concern to me when I heard the story of a priest who was battling with drug abuse and I thought it wise to set up a facility that will help those looking for an easy way to stay away from drugs.
“The center is not mine but it is my little contribution to making Tarabans come out of the scourge of drug addiction which has devastating effect on the overall well-being of those abusing it”.
She paid tribute to the pioneer staff of the centre who have been very dedicated to service and helping people undergoing rehabilitation at the center and urged them to be steadfast as the sacrifice for humanity can only be divinely rewarded.
In his remarks, Taraba Governor Darius Ishaku who was the special guest of honour promised to build a proper rehabilitation centre that will be affiliated with the State Specialist Hospital.
He praised the good work the foundation was doing to help reduce the rate of people becoming insane due to addiction from drugs and stressed on the need for the center’s activities to be documented and stored to enable future leaders of the state consolidate on the inroads being made by the center.
“We are at a critical time in our history as a State. I therefore believe the problem of reducing the menace of insanity from drug related problems is to have a befitting rehabilitation center. I will ensure the center’s funding is captured in the 2019 budget”
According to Father Cyracus Kamai, the problem of drug addiction is beyond what many in the society can comprehend. He commended Mrs Ishaku for establishing the center, claiming it to be the best pet project by any First Lady of the state.
The anniversary which served as a fundraiser for the center had notable individuals, groups and organizations who made cash donations for the upkeep of clients at the center.
Highlight of the occasion was testimonies from clients who had graduated from the center.
The Wife of the Taraba State Governor, Barr. Anna Darius Ishaku was presented with a meritorious Award of Excellence by Tekan-Ecwa Women wing of Taraba State.
Speaking at the ceremony which took place at the Hope Afresh Foundation Taraba, Mrs. Sarah David, chairperson of Tekan-Ecwa Women Wing said that Barr. Anna was selected based on her Christian and humanitarian services.
She enumerated the services to include renovation of two Christian Cemeteries at Magami and Mallam Joda, liberation of Ngada people, offering of training in different skills to women and youths as well as training of traditional birth attendants among others.
Sarah Ibbi pledged the unalloyed support of Tekan-Ecwa Women Wing to Governor Darius Ishaku’s re-election in the forthcoming general elections.
She revealed that the group will soon embark on in-depth dialogue with women at grassroots to sustain the tempo of followership and electioneering awareness.
Responding, Barr. Anna Darius Ishaku appreciated the Tekan-Ecwa Women Wing for finding her worthy of the award.
The Governor’s Wife expressed happiness saying that the little effort she had made in touching lives had been reckoned with.
She remarked that those who were trained by her foundation had made her proud by touching the lives of others in the society.
She therefore reiterated the resolve of her pet project, the Hope Afresh Foundation Taraba to touching the lives of the downtrodden in the State.
In his closing remarks, State Chairman of Tekan-Ecwa Bloc, Rev. Phillip Micah Doppah congratulated the Governor’s wife saying that the Award was a well deserved one to the First Lady of the State.
The Award was presented by Rev. Phillip Micah Doppah on behalf of National and State officials of Tekan-Ecwa.
The Hope Afresh Foundation Taraba, is set to hold Taraba Cultural Carnival 2017 in Jalingo, the state capital. The event slated for December 15th and 16th 2017 would among other things feature; the diverse cultural heritage of Taraba State, mini trade fair/exhibition of artifacts, craft, artworks and generally made-in-Taraba products.
In view of this, registration of participation by interested individuals, cultural groups, individual and group artists, commences on Monday 16th through 31st October 2017.
Venue -Hope Afresh Foundation Taraba premises, along Specialist Hospital Road, Jalingo
Time -10am-4pm, work days only.
The registration is free.
Mrs. Elizabeth Usen Smith
Senior Special Assistant to Her Excellency
Barr. (Mrs.) Anna Darius Ishaku.
Her Excellency and CEO, Hope Afresh Foundation, Taraba, Barr. Mrs Anna Darius Dickson Ishaku
The Taraba State Government is partnering with the Trans-Atlantic Group Limited liability Company, North Carolina USA. The President of the company, Mr. Alfred Dickson who was represented by the team leader and Regional African Director, Dr. Samuel Darison declared his intentions of working with the Taraba Government through the Hope Afresh Foundation Taraba.
The team leader expressed the objective of joining forces with the foundation in the fight against drug abuse when the group paid Her Excellency, Barr. Anna Ishaku (Naa Ndola) a familiarization visit earlier in the week.
Barr. Anna told her visitors that the Hope Afresh Foundation is centered on rendering humanitarian service to the State. She informed them that the foundation has a partnership with National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), National Agency for Food and Drugs Control (NAFDAC), Ministry of Health, Ministry of Justice and several other bodies in curbing the issue of Drug Abuse in the State.
The First Lady of Taraba State accompanied her visitors to some Organizations of the State such as the impending center of the Hope Rehabilitation house at Mile Six, the Green house and the Bio Resource Technology Center, all within Jalingo, the state’s capital.