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By: Aisha Saad

Considering the way some Development Partners had sidelined  Government and carry out their activities singlehandedly in the  state, today being the 9th Feb. 2017,  Ministry for Momen Affairs and Social Development urged  Development Partners to collaborate with state government in carrying out their activities in the state.

According to the Permanent Secretary of the  Ministry Hajiya Maisaratu Bello “the objective of the meeting is to identify Partners  working with the Ministry and identify the services they are rendering in the state in other to strengthen working relationship between the Ministry and it’s Partners working on women and children related issues".  Stressing that, the meeting is structured to harmonise between all Partners both Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and Community Base Organisations  (CBOs) working with the Ministry for the sustainability of their work. Adding that, any NGO that comes to the state must register with Adamawa State Planning Commission before it is link to the relevant Ministry, while CBOs register direct with Ministry for Women Affairs.

After successful deliberations, the Partners unanimously agreed to register and notify the Ministry about their mandate and present their organisational plans too for monitoring a harmonised activities. There should also be a template for monitoring report of any NGO for easy assessment of their work.

In a closing remarks, Hajiya Maisaratu Bello, appreciate all the Development Partners for their wonderful contributions and understanding with the  Ministry. She called on all Partners to feel free to bring new ideas towards women and children in the state.

The meeting took place at  the Conference Hall, Ministry for Women Affairs. The participants includes; representatives of  IRC, FHI 360, UNFP, Corporate Affairs,  NPF, IOM, UNHCFR, UNICEF etc.

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