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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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Adamawa Poly Matriculates 2,818 New Students For 2023/2024 Academic Session

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A total of 2,818 student have been matriculated into various discipline of studies at the Adamawa State Polytechnic Yola for the 2023/2024 academic session.

Rector of the Polytechnic, Prof Mohammed Dahiru Toungos gave the revelation at the weekend in his welcome address at the school’s matriculation ceremony Polytechnic.

Breaking down the admission category, the Rector explained that Yola and Jambutu campus have two thousand four hundred and twelve, two hundred and fourteen at Numan campus while it’s National Skill Qualification, NSQF has one hundred and two.

Professor Toungos pointed out that though the institution recorded low enrollment it however poised to delivering quality service to the students.

He enjoined the matriculants to commit to their studies with tenacity and focus.

The Rector urged the learners to be regular and consistent in attendance at lecture and eschew all forms of deviant behaviours.

While assuring them of maximum security and safety, Dahiru Toungos congratulated and them successful and prosperous studies.

Earlier in a remark, the students representative of the Polytechnic, Mr. Kingsley Johanna appreciated the school’s management for the privilege to study.

He counselled the matriculating students to widen their horizon and positively impact the society during and after their stay at the Polytechnic.

Yohanna who expressed their readiness to be law abiding charged his colleagues to seek and embrace wisdom, honesty and integrity among other noble virtues.

It is now left for the students to delve into studies in earnest and all tenacity to justify the oath they took and get their parents to pride in them.

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Bauchi Lawmaker Pledges To Expedite Passage Of Bill On Reduction Of Out-Of-School Children

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Honourable Nasiru Ala, the Chairman, House Committee on Education in the Bauchi State House of Assembly has pledged to expedite the passage of the state framework Bill to reduce Out-Of-School in the state.

He made the pledge during a two-day regional stakeholders meeting on out-of-school children and retention, transition as well as completion models in Bauchi, Gombe and Adamawa states.

According to him, any moment the bill is sent to the state House of Assembly from the Executive, the lawmakers would expedite actions to ensure that the bill is passed within three to four weeks.

He said “based on the law making, we are going to enact this particular law on the domestication of the Bauchi state framework to reduce Out-of-School children bill within three to four weeks from the day of reception from the Executive Arm.

“Our governor has been very cooperative and supportive on this particular issue of out of school children because it is a serious menace.

“As an academic, I’m not always happy anytime I hear the word Out-of-School children.

“That is why it’s not going to be a big deal in the Bauchi state House of Assembly to enact the state framework to reduce Out-of-School children in the state.

“In three weeks time In-Sha-Allah, we are going to pass into Bill this State Framework to reduce Out-of-School children in the state”.

Also speaking, Mr Raphael Aiyedipe, Education Officer, UNICEF Bauchi Field Office, said that the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) had developed a National Framework of Action to Reduce Out-of-School Children and drive access to education in the country.

According to him, the framework commits to substantially and systematically decrease the number of Out-of-School children in Nigeria by 2030.

He highlighted some of the objectives of the framework to include; improve access and quality of education for all Nigerian children, drive improvement in learning and relevant skills development.

Others, he said, were to accelerate the social and economic development of communities and the country at large.

“The Framework has 5 thematic areas that includes; political actors and this means gaining the political will and government commitment.

“Best practices and alternative pathways and this translates to defeating learning poverty, Community accountability, that is engaging stakeholders to build ownership.

“Technology and ICT which means improving access through innovative solutions and Financing mechanisms, that is, reaching the most vulnerable,” he explained.

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Child Dedication: Adamawa Dep Gov, Others Pray For Maduwa Family’s Newborn

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Adamawa State Deputy Governor Professor Kaletapwa Farauta has prayed God to bless the new baby born to the family of Stephen Maduwa, describing it as source of succour and blessings.

Speaking at St Augustine Catholic Church Bekaji Sunday, Farauta appreciated the family for being close and supportive to the seat of power.

“That is why Governor Fintiri deems it fit to celebrate the new born baby and the entire faith community. Our prayer is that the baby would be a source of succour and will be pillar in the house of the Lord, she said.

The deputy governor among others prayed to God bless the new baby.

The Catholic Bishop of Yola, Most Reverend Stephen Dami Mamza in his address, enjoined Christians to stand against any divisive tendencies, and work towards achieving Christ’s desire for unity among His followers.

In his vote of thanks, Maduwa prayed God to bless families seeking the fruit of the womb.

He thanked officials from the state government for gracing the dedication of his child.

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