BREAKING: Shuwa, Gusau, Mairo Mandara named as Zulum announces new appointees

BREAKING: Shuwa, Gusau, Mairo Mandara named as Zulum announces new appointees

Borno state governor, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum has appointed Alh. Jidda Usman Shuwa as new secretary to the state government, SSG.

Similarly, the governor has appointed Isa Umar Gusau, as his special adviser on public relations and media strategy, with Dr. Babagana Wakil as his chief of staff.

The appointments were contained in a statement by the governor’s principal private secretary, Barr. Mustapha Ali Busuguma on Wednesday and seen by YERWA EXPRESS NEWS. 

Other appointments include Amb. Adamu Abbas who was appointed as senior special assistant on external relations and Dr. Mairo Mandara as special assistant/coordinator SDGs.

Similarly, Baba Sheikh Haruna and Alh. Ahmed Sanda were appointed as senior special assistants on media and protocol, respectively. 

Zulum also appointed Tahiru A. Tahir and Abdulrahman Ahmed Bundi as special assistants on media and new media, respectively. 

The statement added that the appointees were chosen based on their credentials, proven capacity and selflessness.

Mustapha noted that all appointments are with immediate effect.

UN Secretary-General appoints new members to Emergency Response Fund’s Advisory Group (Including GCC Board Chairperson Dr. Mairo Mandara

(New York, 19 October 2017): United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced last week the appointment of nine new members of the Advisory Group of the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). Established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2005, the 21-

member Advisory Group provides policy guidance to the Secretary General and advice on the use and impact of CERF, through Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock, who manages the Fund on the Secretary-General’s behalf.

The new members are:

  • Mr. James Wallace Isbister, First Assistant Secretary and Humanitarian Coordinator     for the   Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia
  • Mr. Bruno van der Pluijm, Director General of Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid, Belgium
  • Ms. Alexandra MacKenzie, Director of Humanitarian Organizations and Food Assistance Division, Canada
  • Mr. Toro Tassara, Director of the National Emergency Office (ONEMI) and leading coordinator of the National Civil Protection System, Chile
  • Ms. Rahel Asfaw, Director of the National Disaster Response and Rehabilitation Directorate, Ethiopia
  • Mr. Claus Lindroos, Director of the Humanitarian Assistance and Policy Division, Finland 
  • Ms. Alison Milton, Director of the Humanitarian Unit, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ireland
  • Mr. Per Enarsson, Ambassador of Sweden to Eritrea
  • Ms. Mairo Mandara, Country Representative of Nigeria at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

 

“I thank the departing members for their service and welcome the new members to CERF’s Advisory Group. As the fund moves towards an increase in its annual target from $450 million to $1 billion by 2018, the Advisory Group plays a key role in providing the strategic guidance vital to enable CERF to fulfil its mandate in an increasingly challenging humanitarian context,” Lowcock said. 

CERF is one of the fastest ways to get urgent aid to people whenever and wherever they need it the most. For more than a decade, CERF has enabled the UN agencies, funds and programmes, and their implementing partners to provide close to $5 billion in life-saving assistance across the globe. The Advisory Group is key to managing the Fund efficiently, and to ensuring that assistance reaches those most in need.

GCC provides holistic interventions that meet the needs of vulnerable adolescent girls especially those from poor rural areas, disadvantaged and underserved groups like married adolescent and girls in humanitarian settings. Our specific interventions include Adolescents Reproductive Health & Rights, Female Students Scholarships for vulnerable girls, Advocacy and community mobilization and sensitization on civil rights and responsibilities as well as gender equity.

Girl Child Concerns takes an active participation in shaping the future of young people through research, advocacy, community mobilization and implementation of strategic programs that further its objectives.

Our Mission

To Provide young people with the opportunity they need to develop to their highest potential.

Our Vision

A society where every girl young person is able to develop to their highest potential irrespective of race, gender or religion

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GCC provides holistic interventions that meet the needs of vulnerable adolescent girls especially those from poor rural areas, disadvantaged and underserved groups like married adolescent and girls in humanitarian settings. Our specific interventions include Adolescents Reproductive Health & Rights, Female Students Scholarships for vulnerable girls, Advocacy and community mobilization and sensitization on civil rights and responsibilities as well as gender equity.

Girl Child Concerns takes an active participation in shaping the future of young people through research, advocacy, community mobilization and implementation of strategic programs that further its objectives.

PATICIPANTS IN A GROUP DISCUSSION DURING THE WORKSHOP

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Girl Child Concerns GCC has taken the lead in organizing a zonal consultative workshop on development process of a National Safe Spaces Curriculum recently. The workshop which attracted many stakeholders was convened in Kaduna. Safe Space is all about making girls relevant. They are places where girls go to learn from role models, access services and become good decision-makers. Girls in poverty often have few friends, little free time and no power. For a space to be safe is must be; Girls only, girls must own the contents and activities, and there must be mentors. In her Remark, Program Officer for GCC Hajia Umma-Iliyasu Mohammed said many organizations work to empower and improve girls access and right to education, health and information in Nigeria. However over the years, safe spaces for girls have been identified as a strong and strategic initiative that provides an opportunity for girls to gain life skills, sexual and reproductive health and \

rights related knowledge and enhance their ability to express themselves, negotiate for self-defines goals, learn about local health services, improve literacy and numeracy and build social networks and relationship trust.

She emphasised that through safe spaces girls are able to access life skills that are aimed at developing their confidence and awareness, empowering them to become informed and active members in the communities and gain a sense of social responsibility.

Hajia Umma-Iliyasu also explained that behavioural change in girls who participate in safe spaces has demonstrated that peer group solidarity and effective mentoring can foster a safe environment in which girls reflect on their lives and kind of life to which they aspire.

In the last decade, a number of organizations recognizing the value of safe spaces have designed and are implementing safe spaces programmes in Nigeria. A review of these programmes, however, highlights the use of limited and non-standardized methodology and curriculum (content). In fact some organisations have been operating safe spaces without knowing they are doing so because they are not structured. She added.

Explaining on how the idea of developing  a National curriculum development for safe spaces emerged, she said since 2015, Girl Hub Nigeria (GHN) in collaboration with British Council (BC) has been closely working with a wide range of stakeholders including Nigerian government through national Technical Working Group (TWG) which Girl Child Concerns is a member,  to improve coordination, knowledge and implementation of safe spaces in Nigeria. The TWG is managed by the Federal Ministry of Education (FME). There are 51 members and 3 working sub committees of the TWG. These are the Evidence, Learning and Best Practice committee, the curriculum development subcommittee and safe spaces in conflict and hard to reach communities. 

She added that the subcommittee on national curriculum development is chaired by the Nigerian Education Research and Development Council (NERDC) and the objective of the subcommittee is to collaboratively develop a comprehensive and standardized stand-alone safe spaces curriculum and manuals for girls ages 10-19. To achieve this, members of the TWG were consulted to hold consultations in all the 6 geo-political zones of the country to review the curriculum draft content page that was developed through a harmonisation process of several curriculums are in use by different groups.

THE OBJECTIVES FOR THE CONSULTATIVE MEETING WAS

  1. To introduce the national curriculum development initiative to key stakeholders in the state.
  2. To ensure overall community buy in and collaboration of key stakeholders to the initiative
  3. To ensure the success as well as national validity of the national curriculum.
  4. To get key state stakeholders feedback on the draft contents page of the curriculum developed by experts.
  5. To engage with state government institutions and NGOs that will be possibly involved in the initiative

The curriculum upon completion will help NGOs, CSOs, Schools and Government institution have a better understanding and structured Safe spaces.

The workshop drew participants from all works of life, ranging from Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Media, religious organizations, FBOs and government agencies such as Kaduna State Ministry of Education, National Teachers Institute (NTI), Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), National Commission for Nomadic Education (NCNE), All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary schools (ANCOPPS), KPSMB, Kaduna State Ministry of Women Affairs, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Development partners like UNFPA, Voice for Change (V4C), Mobilising For Development (M4D), State Accountability and Voice Initiative (SAVI) among others.

The absence of a Health Care Centre within Keke community aggravates the challenges the women face in terms of accessing health facilities and commodities. Keke community is on the outskirts of the state with limited health care facilities and poor or most times absence of government infrastructure like schools, pipe-borne water, roads and electricity. To this end a demand creation approach was adopted by Girl Child Concerns to conduct advocacy to the local government to provide a health care centre and to sensitize the community on the need to advocate for and make use of a health centre.

Specific activities of the project included; advocacy visits to the local government officials, community and ward leaders;  community awareness programs for adolescent women on the importance of availing health services during pregnancy and other services for themselves and children, other services rendered by health centers;  Advocacy visits to the village head to champion a community initiative that will compel husbands to allow young mothers to access RMNCH services; Sensitizing older women (mother in-laws) and local mid-wives on the importance of encouraging younger women to avail the RMNCH services in the health centre and ANC. The project goal was to Increase access to RMNCH services for adolescent mothers in Keke B community of Chikun Local Government of Kaduna State.

Almost a year of unrelented Advocacy has finally started yielding positive results as the village Head of Keke donated part of his palace to be reconstructed, renovated and used as a clinic for the community. On her part the chairperson of Chikun Local Government Hajia Hadiza Ladi Yahuza during a visit to the community with GCC officials, supported in the renovation of the facility. She commended Girl Child Concerns for sustained advocacy and health awareness/ sensitization and health spaces offered to the people. She said she had also submitted the sample of polluted water from Keke which was reported to her office by Girl Child Concerns to the commissioner of water resources for analysis.

Based on the report of water challenges she received from GCC, The Chairperson further pledged the sinking of an additional borehole to address the water shortage and poor water sources faced by the community. Already work has started on that.hThe Chairperson was optimistic that the Community will get a permanent Primary Health Care Center and also pledged to post medical personnel that will provideprofessional RMNCAH services at the clinic to the people of keke community.