Local regime council chairmen and traditional rulers from 6 out of the 16 local regime councils of Taraba Province have reiterated their commitments to the success of the ongoing European Union (European Union) projects in their various communities.
Stressing how the projects, which are existence executed through Oxfam and Evolution Exchange Centre (DEC), have been addressing the stigma of poverty associated with their communities, they vowed to work tirelessly circular the clock to sustain the projection.
The projection, which supports 40,000 vulnerable households in the province, was said to have been geared towards building the resilience and livelihood of vulnerable rural households who have a natural resource-based livelihood including little scale farmers, fishermen, livestock owners amongst others within the agricultural value chain across 80 communities in 6 local regime areas of the province.
The pledges were made during the European Union delegate interactive coming together with selected community leaders from the 6 PROSELL (Create and Sell) local regime councils which took location in Jalingo, the province working capital.
The councils, which are Ardo-Kola Donga, Takum, Wukari, Kurmi and Zing, were said to have been benefiting from the European Union back up to food security and resilience in the province, the exercise the chairmen and the traditional rulers admitted have been taking out their subjects from the dungeon of poverty.
Shiban Tikari, the council Chairman of Takum, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, said they have unanimously agreed to tread additional valid paths to sustain the projection fifty-fifty after its gestation period.
Tikari, who went ahead to stress how the European Union projects have benefited the rural communities from the selected council wished the programme, which is scheduled to terminate in 2023, is extended.
Aligning their weights to that of their council’s chairmen, the royal fathers, said “we have collectively agreed that the projection must not neglect” adding that “we cannot be relying on regime solitary.”
The monarchs, who spoke through the royal begetter of Ndola Chiefdom, in Kurmi council, Enoch Tanko Tabina, said “having seen the benefits of the projection to our people, we have nil to say than to appreciate the European Union for supporting our people.”
Reiterating European Union commitment towards assisting province governments, the success recorded in the province by the organization, according to European Union Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Temitayo Omole, was made possible by the province governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku, according to him for providing an enabling surroundings for the aforementioned organizations.
Also adding his vox to that of the European Union delegation, the projection manager, Babangida Joseph, said the projection, since its inception, has been strengthening the capacities of over 40,000 households who have agriculture and natural resource-based livelihoods through a combination of strategic humanitarian, livelihood evolution and resilience-building programs.
Despite the challenges, amidst which he listed to includes; insecurity, hard terrains, poor network coverage of some areas, the intervention, as stated by him, has continued to yield results as the organization, he said has continued to “teaching vulnerable households how to take hold of fish rather than just giving them fishes”
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