From Ayodele Samuel, Lagos
Vice President Namadi Sambo has called on the Taraba Acting Governor, Alhaji Garba Umar to emulate the virtues of the late Sardauda of Sokoto, Sir Ahmadu Bello for greater services to his people.
Sambo, speaking in Gembu at the weekend during the turbaning ceremony of the acting governor as the ‘Sardaunan Mambilla’ by the Mambilla Traditional Council, urged Umar to emulate the virtues of late Sardauna of Sokoto for greater services to the people of the state.
Sambo, who was represented by the Minister of state, Niger Delta Affair, Mr. Darius Ishaku, also asked the people of the state to support the acting governor to foster development.
At the ceremony, which had in attendance Gov. Isa Yuguda of Bauchi, Gov. Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe, among others, the Chief of Mambilla Dr. Shehu Baju, the Chief of Mambilla said the acting governor had merited the title given his commitment to showcase the amazing features of the Mambilla plateau to the global community.
Baju, noted on-going construction of the road from Bali to Gembu and restoration of peace on the plateau after 12 years of unrest over ruler ship of the kingdom as some of the reasons that qualified Umar to take the highest title of the kingdom.
The acting governor while responding pledged to continue until the plateau was turned into a major tourist centre in Africa. He thanked the Mambilla Kingdom for finding him worthy of such a great honour.
Ministry to partner foundation on women’s health By Maryam Garba Hassan Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Zainab Maina, has pledged to partner and support the Body Enhancement Foundation in its activities towards improving the health of women and children in the country.
A statement issued at the weekend in Abuja by the ministry’s Director of Press, Saghir El Mohammed, said the Minister made the promise while receiving in her office, members of the foundation led by its
Founder, Modupe Ozolua in Abuja. The minister commended the foundation for putting smiles on the faces of people with one form of deformity or the other but lack resources and awareness on treating them.
She said what the foundation is doing falls under the Ministry’s mandate of promoting and protecting the general well-being and rights of vulnerable groups, particularly the less privilege.
According to the statement the minister promised to involve the foundation in the ministry’s programmes, starting with theRegular Meeting of the National Council on Women Affairs and Social Development coming up later this year.
Earlier, Modupe Ozolua, said the foundation sought partnership with the ministry because it has decided to commence more public charity programmes that will benefit the less privileged as a result of pleas from potential beneficiaries of their free missions. In addition, she said through the partnership, the bministry will also refer cases for corrective surgery and other humanitarian assistance that are in line with the foundation’s objectives.
Body Enhancement Foundation, formerly known as BEARS Foundation, is a non- profit organization that uses surgeries to restore the lives of underprivileged African women, children and men suffering from congenital and developmental deformities.
It pioneered plastic surgery in West Africa in 2001, the statement said.