By JIDAUNA DARING

The Minister for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hon Dame Mrs. Pauline Tallen has commended the Islamic Counseling Initiatives of Nigeria (ICIN) for giving hope to the vulnerable groups especially through skills training programmes and education among other in the society.

Dame Mrs. Tallen who was represented by the former Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Plateau State, Hon. Mrs. Linda Barau gave the commendation at the 10 year anniversary of ICIN, held at Usiju Event Center Secretariat Junction Jos, Sunday.

She congratulated ICIN for attaining 10 years of its existence in Plateau State providing good humanitarian services to the people in different areas, saying that such initiatives was very apt, adding that ICIN would always be remembered for all its humanitarian services.

The Minister while calling on people to always give helping hand to vulnerable groups also stressed the need for people to make girl child education a priority, so that their  future would not be destroyed for lack of education.

Dame Mrs. Tallen assured ICIN of her support, saying that life is about what people can give out to others not what one can take back  from others especially the needy urging the people to always do  things that they would be remembered for in the society.

Guest speaker on the occasion, Executive Secretary, Plateau State Muslim Pilgrim Welfare Board, Barrister Auwal Abdullahi who presented a paper titled “Helping a Child towards educational development as a panacea for peace building in Plateau State”said that the importance of education cannot be over emphasized, hence the need for people to give sound education to their children at all times.

Barrister Abdullahi, challenged parents to inculcate good moral values in their wards, saying that a   child is everybody’s property, hence the need for people to imbibe the spirit of helping other people’s children, especially the vulnerable.

Special Assistant to the Speaker House of Representatives on IDPs, Hon Hamza Ibrahim Baba assured ICIN of his readiness to work with them as partners in progress, and urged them to submit their work plan to him, so as to enable him see where he could come in with his support.

Earlier in his remarks, Secretary of the Board and Executive Director ICIN, Hajiya Fatima Suleiman Abudullahi appreciated all the invited guests that graced the event, saying that she was very elated with the support given them.

Hajiya, Abdullahi said  ICIN was founded in February 2006 as a result of the several challenges experienced in the communities from the effect of September 2001, crisis in Plateau State, adding  that  its activities started in July 2007 Peace and Trauma healing Seminars, Training and assisting the poor and needy especially women and young girls.

She said that the objectives of ICIN were to enhance the skills of the vulnerable groups through advocacy training in economic, peace education and personal development, to promote career guidance and decision-making among young girls and women, as well as to promote gender, good governance, health education and HIV/AIDS mitigation and control.

Other objectives include; to network with local and international organizations that share similar objectives, to enhance good relationship among all citizens, and to imbibe good communication skills for development and to also have broader societal participation in and oversight of conflict management mechanisms at both state and local levels.

She added that the ICIN mission was to promote peaceful co-existence health care, educational needs and economic empowerment of vulnerable groups through advocacy, research, capacity building and partnerships towards a developed society while their goal was to empower women, girls and other vulnerable groups in gender issues, educational and skill development for social growth.

The Nigeria Standard reports that the occasion featured unveiling of Logo/Launch of “Help the Child Cross Trust Fund” by Alhaji Sani Muazu, award presentation/Certificate of appreciation and goodwill messages among others.

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