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SACA, SFH Empower Mothers, Caregivers On Economic Livelihood In Taraba



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The Taraba AIDS Control Agency (SACA) in partnership with the Society for Family Health (SFH) has trained 30 women and caregivers of HIV positive children on how to utilize grants to improve their family economic livelihood.

The two day exercise which ended in Jalingo on Saturday was carried out under the Lafiyan Yara/Pediatric Breakthrough Project and the SFH.

Speaking at the event, the wife of the Taraba Governor, Mrs Anna Darius Ishaku commended the initiators of the project which, she said, would enhance the economic empowerment of the 30 women selected for the pilot project in Jalingo Local Government Area.

“I wish to commend the efforts of the Society for Family Health (SFH) with the support from ViiV Pediatric Breakthrough Partnership for the training of 30 Mothers/Caregivers of HIV positive children on Village Savings and Loans Association (VLSA) as a pilot project in Jalingo.

“I am pleased to learn that the project will further empower them with seed grants to strengthen their existing businesses.

“Village Savings and Loans Association has the ability of transforming marginalized communities worldwide, by mobilizing Local Savings, which provide members, the opportunity to cope with emergencies;

It will as well help manage households cash-flow, build a capacity base and, most importantly or critically, rebuild social networks, solidarity and trust amongst members by helping them to stay out of debt”, she said.

Mrs Ishaku who was represented by her Special Assistant on media and publicity, Mrs Mercy Gbashi urged all mothers and caregivers to embrace the project as an important part of their financial landscape, recognising it as able to bring profitable and sustainable entry level of financial services to the rural poor.

Earlier in her remarks, State Project Manager of SFH, Mrs Aisha Dadi explained that part of the objectives of the project was to enhance empowerment of selected caregivers to children needing care and treatment through series of capacity building trainings.

“We intend to provide basic capacity building on skills, gender, savings, business, financial management and disbursement of grants to enhance their businesses to better position women to provide care and support to themselves and their children.

“The first phase of the project will be implemented in Jalingo LGA and three groups of 10 caregivers each have been selected within the area to test run the project in Jalingo, the state capital”, she said.

Also speaking at the event, the Director General of the State AIDS Control Agency (SACA), Dr Garba Danjuma had explained that in preventing Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT), family planning remained very important.

He explained that bu helping such mothers to know when they should or should not have children, it would reduce the risk and number of children being born with HIV.

“It is indeed interesting to see that challenges being faced in the course of implementing the Lafiyan Yara project is being addressed.

He said if this project is strictly implemented, the inability of some mothers/caregivers to pay transport fares to return their HIV positive children to Anti-Retroviral Therapy clinics for follow ups and treatment would also reduce.

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Fintiri Appoints Auwal SSG, Edgar Chief Of Staff, Ardo Head Of Service




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Adamawa State Governor, Rt Hon Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has approved the appointment of Hon Awwal D. Tukur as the Secretary to the State Government (SSG).

Hon Awwal was a former Member of the House of Representatives and served as the Director General of the Adamawa Presidential and Gubernatorial Campaign Council in the 2023 national elections.

Governor Fintiri has also approved the the appointment of Dr Edgar Amos as Chief of Staff Government House.

Following the appointment of Dr Amos who before now was the Head of Service, Shehu Isa Ardo takes over as Head of the Civil Service.
The appointments take immediate effect.

Humwashi Wonosikou
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor

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USAID, IITA Unveil 2023 Agricultural Inputs Fair In Yola




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By Abdulaziz Abubakar Damare

The USAID in Partnership with IITA through its project “Feed The Future, Nigeria Integrated Agriculture Activity” has declared its 2023 Agricultural Inputs Fair opened in Yola, the Adamawa state capital on Monday 5th June 2023 at Mahmud Ribadu Square in Yola, Northeast Nigeria.

In his address, the Executive Governor of Adamawa State Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, commended USAID and its Implementing Partner IITA for choosing Adamawa as one of the beneficiaries of various training and supports by the organizations.

The Governor who is heavily represented by his Deputy Prof. Kaletapwa George Farauta, expressed the readiness of Adamawa state government to partner with relevant organization to boost food security in Adamawa.

Fintiri who described the training given to farmers on modern techniques as timely, called for the NGO’s to train farmers on application of fertilizer and manure as part of their project to ensure bumper harvest.

He added that the state government will pay more attention on the stomach infrastructure of the good people of Adamawa in its new tenure.

Earlier in his welcome address, the chief of party Integrated Agricultural Activity (IAA) Mr. Prakash Kant Silwal said they have engaged over 30,000 farmers in Adamawa on various training and modern farming techniques in the state.

Mr. Prakash said the inputs fair is an opportunity for producers of various crops, seeds, food among others to sell their products.

He added that the inputs displayed at Mahmud Ribadu Square are qualitative, accessible and affordable compared to that of market prize.

In his remarks, the chairman Agro Dealers Association Northeastern Nigeria Alh. Usman Bapullo Ribadu, challenged farmers to harvest a certified seed and acquire the knowledge of farming before venturing into the sector.

On their various testimonies on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mal. Dauda Mohammed from Guyuk Local Government and Josia Stanley said the training obtained from the NGO’s has yielded a positive result and made them self reliant.

The two-day inputs fair in Yola continues Tuesday 6th June and in Gombi on 7th June 2023.

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is an award-winning, research-for-development (R4D) organisation providing solutions to hunger, poverty, and the degradation of natural resources in Africa since 1967.

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Unmasking The Illiteracy And Hate Of Faceless Stakeholders In Yola North




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In the aftermath of the 2023 governorship election in Adamawa State, a group of faceless stakeholders have emerged, driven by illiteracy and animosity, on a mission to undermine the efforts of the committed and experienced Secretary to the Adamawa State Government (SSG). These self-proclaimed stakeholders, by flagrantly violating the orders given by Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri to engage their constituents for political appointments, are exposing their true intentions while playing a manipulative game of ‘reverse psychology’.

The recent allegations leveled against the Chairman of PDP Yola-North, Abdullahi Sarki (Audu Kacisa), claiming that he secretly visited critical stakeholders in an attempt to influence the selection process for the best eleven (11) political appointees, are baseless and a desperate ploy by these naysayers. Their accusations hold no merit and only serve to highlight their own incompetence and lack of substantiation for their supposed commitment during the election.

Furthermore, the claim that the stakeholders visited by the Chairman have unanimously refused to comply with the request is nothing more than a display of symptoms resembling a new strain of bipolar disease. These so-called stakeholders, who lack the courage to prove their commitment and support, are resorting to baseless allegations in an attempt to tarnish the reputation of those genuinely dedicated to the progress of Adamawa State.

The assertion that the Chairman’s actions were influenced by the former Secretary to the Adamawa State Government, Mallam Bashir Ahmed, is the pinnacle of irresponsibility exhibited by these pretenders who worked against the victory of the PDP in the last election. While true patriots are eagerly seeking collaboration for the betterment of the state, these nattering nitwits continue to throw tantrums and impede progress.

It is important to note that SSG Bashir Ahmad, through his unwavering determination and strategic political calculations, demonstrated his competence without the support of these detractors. While they were engaged in trivial pursuits, he successfully navigated the political landscape, leaving them in the dust. As the reality of their own ineptitude and irrelevance unfolds, they are quickly fading away like flies.

It is crucial for the good people of Adamawa State to recognize these faceless stakeholders for what they truly are: ill-informed individuals driven by ignorance, illiteracy, and a deep-seated hatred for progress. Their attempts to discredit the Governor and his administration, as well as the dedicated individuals who have been instrumental in the state’s success, should not be taken seriously. Instead, the focus should remain on building a united front and fostering collaborations that will lead to the development and prosperity of Adamawa State.

In conclusion, let us not be swayed by the manipulations of these faceless stakeholders who seek to undermine the progress made in Adamawa State. Their illiteracy and hate are evident, and their actions serve only to hinder the collective efforts of those genuinely committed to the state’s growth. It is time to rise above their petty games and work together towards a brighter future for Adamawa State.

By Concerned Citizens of Yola North

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