In her continued efforts to better the lives of the less privileged in the State, the Wife of Taraba State Governor, Barr Anna Darius Ishaku yesterday met with stakeholders from the Northern Senatorial Zone to sensitize and map out strategies for the development and empowerment of indigent groups in the Zone.
Barr. Ishaku met with the stakeholders at her Hope Afresh Foundation Office in Jalingo. According to her, every Government delights in seeing the development of her people as such is interested in understanding the challenges of their various Communities.
She said all her programmes were hitherto confined to Jalingo due the numerous court cases that punctuated the administration earlier, however, now that it is over, she feels no one can forcefully help someone who is not interested, hence the need to call them and hear their challenges as well as ways the Foundation can be of help.
The Governor’s Wife further stressed that Government can not give everyone job, therefore the need for trainings in skills acquisition, urging the groups to be honest in suggesting areas where her NGO could come in and be of help to the Local Governments concerned, adding that they should be ready to partner with her in development of the areas as they also have a part to play.
In his address, the Chairman, Jalingo LGA, Hon.Hassan Bappa commended the efforts of her Excellency at such an initiative pledging the support of all the Chairmen to the programme as well as made donations on behalf of his family.
One of the Resource persons,Yahaya Salihu Emije appreciated the Governor’s Wife for her zeal at helping the various Communities, urging the people to pray for God to grant her and the Governor sound health to continue the good works.
He also called on citizens to encourage the present Government by bringing ideas that will build the State instead of depending on them for everything, as he promised to use his wealth of experience for the success of the mission.
Mrs. Martha Habushita, also a resource person emphasised the need for mothers to teach their children how to be resourceful rather than depending on parents and the Government for their needs.
She pointed out that every great man you hear of today started from the scratch, therefore the need for youths to be empowered instead of becoming beggars, adding that rather than becoming dependants every youth should struggle to show himself approved and be a channel of blessing to others.
A session of contributions, as well as questions and answers were also entertained.
Those invited from each of the six zones include; Chairmen and their wives, Women Leaders,Special Assistants to the Governor,Youth Leaders,Women Wing CAN (WOWICAN), Federation of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria (FOMWAN), National Council for Women Societies (NCWS) and Community Leaders.