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By Sammeni Kamsobbi

Adamawa State has pledge to partner with German Agency for International Cooperation for successful implemention of their projects in the State which mostly focused on investing in Girl Child and Women especially IDPs and Returnees

Acting Governor, Professor Kaletapwa Farauta stated this when she hosted a delegation from the Representative of the European Union on Tuesday, 22nd August, 2023.

The German Agency for International Cooperation is an enterprise owned by the German Federal Government, operating in many field across more than 130 countries and Nigeria is not an exception.

The team were welcomed by Her Excellency,  Professor Farauta, assuring them that Adamawa is a Friendly State.

"I have worked with the GIZ on different levels in different offices, I know their strength, importance and we have benefited from them differently. I am  glad that we are not only continuing  to partner but the girl child gender issues are coming up. I am very glad that this is coming up at this period."

When we talked about Returness or IDPs in most places where there are wars or crisis, we see many homes headed by Women who had not planned to, but situations made them. These women need to be empowered, to ensure that their homes are properly headed and taking care off when their men are no longer there because the bigger burden falls on them. But in some situations Men also need the empowerment more than the women. Professor Kaletapwa said.

This is a welcome Idea to have a project where the gender issue is involved especially for IDPs and Returness in the state where there is need. Farauta, concluded.

The delegation was led by the Executive Chairman Planing Commission Mary Paninga  who said, they are Representatives from the European Union, and they are in Adamawa today, to see the first phase of  their activities and projects put in place so far  and  by also investing  in Adamawa in different passag. The second phase of the project will commence any moment, she said.

According to her, they invest in Women and also Returnees, they have done alot in the past two years, with over One Hundred and Twenty Nine projects (129) all over the state, across 21 Local Government areas and it has helped alot.
The leader of the delegation said, they are here to pay a courtesy call to his Excellency, the Executive Governor of Adamawa State. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri who is absent but representated by his Deputy who is on Acting Capacity as the Governor.

It has been a very resourceful visit with the Acting Governor, because we have been intimated and the Governor was also intimated about the next step of GIZ and the European Union Support in the State, which its major have to do with social protections of women and Returness of IDP in Adamawa State.

Paninga said, empowering the Returness and building the Economy Status of those that have been devastated by the disaster is the primary function of German Agency for International Cooperation.

The Country Director, Dr. Markus Wagnerer thanked the fresh air Governor, shaded more light on the project, noting that their intention is to have an overview of the first phase of their activities and see how to go about the implementation of the second phase of the project which focuses on social protection of women and the girl child, especially IDPs and returnees in Adamawa.

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