Her Excellency and the Commissioner for Women Affairs giving out gifts to vulnerable groups
Wife of the Taraba State Governor, Barr. Anna Darius Ishaku has called on well to do widows in the State to join hands with the Ministry of Women Affairs and Child Development in the annual provision of gifts to vulnerable groups to improve their Christmas celebration.
She made the call today while addressing physically challenged persons, orphans, widows and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) during the annual distribution of food and clothing items to these groups by the Ministry of Women Affairs and Child Development at their premises in Jalingo.
Barr. Anna Darius prayed that God grant members of these groups strength and courage to keep providing for their families and wished them Merry Christmas celebration.
Barr. Anna Ishaku
Meanwhile, Mrs. Lois Emmanuel, the Commissioner of the Ministry, stated that the food items and clothing materials are distributed based on provision by the Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Ishaku to support the groups to celebrate the Christmas and end of the year in a happier mood in these difficult times.
She commended the Governor and his Wife for their continuous support given to all the vulnerable groups in the State through the Ministry and called on citizens to pray more for the First Family of the State.
The people of Yangtu Special Development Area of Taraba State have described the Barr. Anna Darius Ishaku’s skills acquisition training as a dream come through.
Speaking through the Deputy Coordinator of the Area, Mrs Charity N. Andetur, and the Coordinator Mr Cephas Maiyaki disclosed that it had been their earnest desire to train women and youths in valuable skills that can make them self-reliant.
While commending the Hope Afresh Foundation’s initiative in organising the free skills acquisition training, she said that the people of Yangtu had been excited, preparing and waiting anxiously for the Foundation’s team to reach them and they have seen that her Excellency is indeed a mother to all.
Mrs Andetur disclosed that when she assumed duties as Deputy Coordinator of the Development Area, it was her prayer to at least establish ten women to be able to support their families.
This led to organising Basic Literacy Classes for three hundred women who were graduated after nine months. She described the Governor’s wife’s intervention as a dream come through for the people of Yangtu and vowed her full support for the success of the program.
In her words, “we also trained women in tailoring for nine months but lacked funds to establish them”.
Mrs Andetur emphasised that Yangtu has laid a solid foundation for the Hope Afresh Foundation to build on. Hence she appealed passionately to the Taraba State Government to remember Yangtu women and support them in the provision of sewing machines to enable the trained women to commence work.
Earlier, the Kwe Kwambai, Mr Emmanuel Adamu Ikoti in his palace commended Governor Darius Ishaku and his wife for using the little resources at their disposal to make significant development.
He was optimistic that the training would positively engage youth in his community helping to curb harmful vices and restiveness among them. Adding that the Development Area had been awaiting this for a long time.
Responding, the representative of the Governor’s wife, the Administrative Officer of the Hope Afresh Foundation, Barr. Nungrimam Dashe stated that the project is evidence that Her Excellency is committed to bequeathing women with useful skills to enable them to have food on their tables constantly.
The skills acquisition training encompasses cosmetology with an apprenticeship in welding and fabrication, tailoring and mechanics for six months. There would also be consistent monitoring by the Foundation’s staff in pursuance of the success of the project.
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.
The wife of Taraba Governor, Barr. Anna Ishaku, has promised to partner with Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC) to empower women through relevant skills acquisition in agriculture.
Barr. Anna Ishaku disclosed this when the Taraba coordinator of the council, Alhaji Abdullahi Ahmed, visited her to highlight the opportunities in the raw materials potential of the state.
The wife of the governor noted that her recent tour of the state revealed a sad story of people living in poverty in the midst of wealth.
She noted that a partnership with RMRDC would give Taraba women the opportunity to acquire entrepreneurship skills to enable them transform the huge agricultural and mineral resources into money for development.
“A tour of the state has revealed that it is made up of poor people in the midst of wealth”.
“The mandate of RMRDC to identify and transform the huge industrial and agricultural resources into wealth in order to foster economic development is in line with the rescue mission of the state,’’ she said.
Earlier, the RMRDC state coordinator told the governor’s wife that the council was ready to partner with government, private organizations, and well-meaning individuals to develop the state`s abundant raw materials.
Ahmed noted that state had great potential to change its economic fortunes if necessary entrepreneurship skills were given to the inhabitants for effective utilization of the resources.
“Taraba is so blessed with abundant mineral and agricultural resources which have not been tapped for development”.
“It is important to acquaint you with the details of the great opportunities in cocoa, coffee, tea, tomatoes, rice and maize production, among others, for a collaboration to empower the people,’’ he said.
Ahmed commended the governor’s wife for her various interventions in health care services and skills acquisition for the underprivileged through her pet project “Hope Afresh Foundation Taraba.’’
The Jalingo Smart City IDPs Tracking and Monitoring Project, designed and implemented under the supervision of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Smart City Initiatives and immense support from Her Excellency, Wife of the Executive Governor of Taraba State and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Hope Afresh Foundation Taraba, Barr. Anna Darius Ishaku has won global recognition.
The project was awarded the Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) $10,000 Leadership Prize at the just- concluded Smart City Innovation Summit in Austin, Texas, United States.
The Internet of Things (IoT)-based solution offers hope to thousands of Nigerians who have been displaced in Jalingo, Taraba State with a medium to a long-term plan to implement the solution throughout the North Eastern region.
The project will also provide more accurate data to Government Agencies and support groups as well as enable citizens to receive quicker and better quality response before, during and after displacements.
The Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) is a collaborative platform enabling Local Governments, Nonprofit Organisations, Academic Institutions, Technologists and Private Corporations Globally to form project teams or “Action Clusters” to work on groundbreaking Internet of Things applications within the smart city environment.
Across the country, GCTC Action Clusters are working to address the country’s most pressing problems in the areas of transportation, public safety, health, education, waste management, internal revenue collection among others.
The Jalingo IoT-based IDP Tracking and Monitoring System Action Cluster consists of the NITDA, Hope Afresh Foundation Taraba, Jalingo Local Government Council, IDEA Hub, Land Gate Consultancy and a host of telecommunications companies in Nigeria.
In recognition of her unrelenting dedication to empowering and uplifting Nigerian women, wife of the Taraba State Governor, Barr. Anna Darius Ishaku was recently presented with an award by the National Council of Women Society, NCWS.
Barr. Anna Ishaku, who was represented by the wife of the Deputy Governor of Taraba State, Hajiya Zainab Haruna Manu received the award at the 2016 National Convention and Awards Ceremony of NCWS in collaboration with the Consumer Protection Council, CPC, held at the Women Development Center, Abuja.
Speaking at the event, wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari commended Nigerian women for being agents of change as they are observed to be fulfilling their roles as wives, mothers, and pillars in the society.
Aisha Buhari, however, stated that due to religious, cultural and the pull- down syndrome, these women have not been able to attain their desired goals and representation in the political sphere.
She stressed the need for government at all levels to ensure that women achieve the thirty-five percent affirmative action in all elective positions as they constitute more than half of the voting population.
Aisha Buhari implored Nigerian women to unite and speak with one voice on issues concerning them so as to improve their livelihood.
In her remarks, the Director General of Consumer Protection Council, CPC, Dupe Atoki called on Nigerian women as primary consumers to know what their rights are and not just throw away products if they are not satisfied with them. She advised that such cases be reported to CPC to seek redress either by refund, repair or replacement of the product.
Earlier, the former president of NCWS, Mrs. Nkechi Okemini Mba commended the NCWS for giving her necessary cooperation during her term and urged them to accord same to the present executive for the progress of the council.
Other recipients of the award include Mrs. Aisha Buhari, Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Sen. Aisha Jummai Allhassan, some female senators and members of the House of Representative, few wives of State Governors and deserving individuals.