The wife of Taraba Governor, Barr. Anna Darius Ishaku has said her Hope Afresh Foundation Taraba has gone into partnership with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to train at least 10,000 people in various skills in the State.
The wife of the Governor disclosed this today in Jalingo at the flag off of the training programme for the first batch of 220 participants who are going to be trained in tailoring, catering and ICT among others, said the measure will create jobs and reduce poverty.
According to her, two things are happening at the center, the CBN training which is all encompassing and the Senegalese Fashion design which will impart trainees with skills in sewing Senegalese designs.
“The level of poverty in Taraba is alarming, so this is part of my deliberate plans to reduce poverty and create jobs for the people of the State”.
“I want to thank the management of the Central Bank of Nigeria particularly the Enterprise Development Centre of the CBN for accepting to relocate from Maiduguri the Zonal headquarters to Taraba for the purpose of this training”.
“I was told by the officials of CBN when they visited me that out of 8000 people trained in the Northeast, so far only 10 persons from Taraba participated. That really challenged me to go into partnership with them to ensure that the training is done here for our people to benefit giving the distance from Taraba to Maiduguri,” she said.
She also appreciated the Provost, College of Agriculture for partnering with the Hope Afresh Foundation by single handedly bringing in tailors who will train participants in Senegalese Fashion design, and called on others to borrow a leaf from the Provost to empower Tarabans.
Barr. Anna Ishaku further called on the participants to take the training seriously to help themselves and become better citizens in the society.
Earlier, Mr. Abubakar Umar who represented the CBN Director of Finance, thanked the wife of the Governor for facilitating the hosting of the training in Taraba instead of participants travelling to far away Maiduguri for the training.
Abubakar said the trainees would be trained on how to write bankable business plans that could help them access loans for their businesses.
According to him, CBN is partnering with the State Micro Finance bank to ensure that participants have access to loan of between N1m to N3m for individuals and N3m to N10m for groups to start their businesses after the training.
In his remarks, the Branch Controller, M.S Abdullahi stated that CBN in the State has been supporting youths with loans for various businesses for about six years now, stressing that such loans are charged at 9%.
He commended the present administration saying, it has shown more zeal and interest in the affairs of its citizens than previous regimes, assuring of the banks readiness to financially support those willing to learn a trade.
Also speaking, the former Acting VC, Taraba State University, Associate Professor Catherine Musa appreciated the Governor’s wife for her innovative programmes in the State meant to uplift the living standards of women and youths.
She also lauded CBN’s efforts at supporting women at the grassroots to make them more productive and self reliant as well as called on participants to take advantage of the opportunity to better their their lots.
In his goodwill message, the Commissioner for Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation, Alh. Abba Akawu Zaggar, appreciated the Governor for permitting his wife to carry out activities that have direct bearing upon the lives of the people and also expressed delight over her impact in the State.
Taravoices reports that the training is to last for 4 weeks while internship is expected to last for 8 weeks before the participants will graduate from the programme.