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.
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.
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.