The presidents of local government councils and traditional rulers of six of the 16 local government councils of Taraba state have reiterated their commitment to the success of ongoing European Union (EU) projects in their various communities.
Noting how the projects, which are being implemented through Oxfam and the Development Exchange Center (DEC), have addressed the stigma of poverty associated with their communities, they committed to working tirelessly around the clock to sustain the project.
The project, which supports 40,000 vulnerable households in the state, was said to be geared towards building the resilience and livelihoods of vulnerable rural households that have a livelihood based on natural resources, including small farmers. , fishermen, ranchers, among others within agriculture. value chain in 80 communities in six local government areas of the state.
The pledges were made during the interactive meeting of EU delegates with selected community leaders from PROSELL’s six local government councils (Producer y Vender) that took place in Jalingo, the state capital.
The councils, which are Ardo-Kola Donga, Takum, Wukari, Kurmi and Zing, are said to have benefited from EU support for food security and resilience in the state, the exercise that presidents and traditional rulers admitted have been performing. his subjects from the dungeon of poverty.
Shiban Tikari, the chairman of the Takum council, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, said they unanimously agreed to go more legitimate paths to sustain the project even after its gestation period.
Tikari, who went ahead to emphasize how the EU projects have benefited the rural communities of the selected council, wanted the program to be extended, which is scheduled to end in 2023.
Aligning their weights with those of their council presidents, the royal parents said that “we have collectively agreed that the project must not fail” and added that “we cannot depend solely on the government.”
The monarchs, who spoke through Ndola Chiefdom’s royal father, on Kurmi’s council, Enoch Tanko Tabina, said that “having seen the benefits of the project for our people, we have nothing to say to thank the EU for supporting our people”.
Reiterating the EU’s commitment to helping state governments, the organization’s recorded state success, according to the EU delegation in Nigeria and ECOWAS, Temitayo Omole, was made possible by the state governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku, according to him for providing an enabling environment for the aforementioned organizations.
Also adding his voice to that of the EU delegation, the project manager, Babangida Joseph, said that the project, since its inception, has been strengthening the capacities of more than 40,000 households that have agriculture and livelihoods based in natural resources through a combination of humanitarian strategies. , livelihood development and resilience building programs.
Despite the challenges, the ones he listed include; insecurity, difficult terrain, poor network coverage in some areas, the intervention, as he put it, has continued to pay off as the organization, he said, has continued to “teach vulnerable households how to fish rather than just feed them fish.”
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