GOVERNOR LALONG ATTENDS THE PROJECT DISSEMINATION MEETING OF THE CHALLENGE INITIATIVE (TCI) IN COLLABORATION WITH THE PLATEAU STATE GOVERNMENT

The Executive Governor of Plateau State, Rt Hon (Dr) Simon Bako Lalong KSGG, was at Tamarald Event Centre, the venue of the project Dissemination meeting of TCI in collaboration with the Plateau State Government, themed “Journey Towards State Government’s Self-Reliance and Chronicles of Impact at Scale for Reproductive Health in Plateau State”.

The Executive Governor was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the State (SGS) Prof Danladi Abok Atu at the meeting where he commended the TCI and her development partners for collaborating with the State Government through the Plateau State Primary Healthcare Board to engage Plateau Communities, especially in the rural areas on Reproductive Health Solutions (family planning/Child Spacing).

The SGS stated that the Government is impressed with the level of awareness created by the TCI, which has been able to explore and engage communities that were seen as no go areas in terms of reproductive healthcare, particularly family planning due to cultural or religious beliefs since the program started four (4) years ago in the State.

The SGS then appealed to Plateau citizens to take advantage of the program devoid of ethnic or religious values and do the needful as advised by the experts.

He further reminded parents that Government is not against giving birth but advised that birth should be spaced and parents must be willing to take responsibility for the children by imbibing good morals on them, without which the society is left with social vices, particularly the menace of drug abuse which has led to insecurity in parts of the country as most crimes are carried out under influence of drugs.

The SGS then mandated the TCI to engage youths in the State against the use of illicit drugs, collaborating with traditional and religious leaders just as they did with the family planning program that has yielded results in the State, that he believes will help with the problem of insecurity as there is a connection between drug abuse and insecurity.

Representatives from the Gates Institute said through a video message said it was a fruitful partnership, commending the state for providing good leadership, management, and coordination which was provided by the Governor, making the program a success he then encouraged that they are maintained. He also appreciated the State Government for making family planning resources available and also making it a budget-line item.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation through its country office congratulated Plateau State on the auspicious occasion of the state’s graduation and transition to a family planning program self-reliant state, saying by attaining graduation status, the state has become a center of learning which the foundation looks forward to future collaborations.

The Emir of Kanam His Royal Highness, Dr. Muhammad Mu’azu Muhammad II pledged the support of the traditional institution in the State to the initiative.

The Honourable Commissioner for Health Dr. Nimkong Ndam Lar in his Remarks said for a partnership that works and yields the required result, such as the TCI program, the Plateau State Government under the leadership of Rt Hon Simon Bako Lalong is ready to support, own and sustain the program far and beyond.

The high point of the event saw the presentation of awards to deserving individuals and groups and also the unveiling of the TCI PlayBook launch and dissemination of the Chronicles of the impact report done by the SGS on behalf of the Governor.

Source: Professor Danladi Abok Atu

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