The Kano-jigawa Professionals Forum (KJPF) an NGO, has initiated a programme, Post COVID-19 ANNOBA project, aimed at addressing the socio-economic challenges caused by the pandemic in the two states, the Chairman of the Forum, Dr Shamsuddeen Usman, has said.
In a statement he signed and issued to newsmen, on Sunday, in Kano, Usman said that the project’s framework would cover education, socio-economic, governance, health, media and communication, infrastructure and logistics, technology, and also legal and regulatory.
He further explained that the underlying objective of the project was to draw lessons from the pandemic and plan for managing the impact of the present and future circumstances, on the socio-economic well being of the people of both states.
“The Governors of Kano and Jigawa States, Abdullahi Ganduje and Alhaji Muhammad Badaru-Abubakar, at separate virtual presentations of the abridged report, have commended the effort of the forum.
“The two governors expressed delight with the report and promised to sustain collaboration with the forum in implementing the recommendations of the report, as well as in advancing the overall socio-economic development of the two states.
“They commended the unique initiative of the members of the forum, in lending their vast knowledge and experience, in providing solutions to the critical challenges affecting the lives and livelihoods of people of the two states, in their capacity as concerned professionals.
” Badaru-Abubakar and Ganduje enjoined the forum to continue with this collaboration, which draws on the vast knowledge and experience of its members, to enhance the development of their states, in particular, and the nation, in general,” he said.
The chairman KJPF informed the governors that the report of the Annoba Project was the outcome of work by 159 professionals, from within and outside the two states, who worked for the last eight months, on purely voluntary and Pro-bono basis.
He said that the forum, which was founded in 2018, has as its focus the mentoring of youths from the two states to become well groomed professionals.
“The membership of the KJPF is composed of citizens of the two states that have risen to the pinnacle of their professional associations, particularly by serving as national presidents of their professional associations,” he added.