From Esther Akaa, Lafia
The Nasarawa State Human Capital Development Agency has called for collaboration between stakeholders to tackle gender inequality, poor educational standards and poor healthcare in the state.
The Director General of the state’s HCD Agency, Habiba Balarabe-Suleiman, made the call on Wednesday at the end 2-day advocacy workshop to tackle Gender Inequality, poor educational standards and poor healthcare in the state.
According to her, sustained collaborative efforts were needed to accelerate Human Capital Development across the continent, and one pathway to achieving the objectives of agency.
Balarabe-Suleiman said the objectives of the workshop is to address the complex issues surrounding Human Capital Development, navigate policy landscapes, engage diverse stakeholders, and promote inclusivity in development initiatives.
“The African continent continues to lag in HCD compared to every other region in the world due to a plethora of challenges. The impact of these challenges is especially pronounced in vulnerable populations and regions experiencing conflict or fragility.
“Therefore, sustained collaborative efforts are needed to accelerate Human Capital Development across the continent, and one pathway to achieving this is advocacy.
“The core objectives of this advocacy workshop are to create awareness and a shared understanding of the national and regional Human Capital Development context; Engage partners and stakeholders in HCD advocacy at the state level.
“Prepare strategies for effective collaboration and partnership for HCD advocacy at the state level; Build the capacity of partners and stakeholders in HCD advocacy monitoring and evaluation; and jointly develop an HCD advocacy implementation plan for the state,” she said.
While expressing gratitude to the Chairman of the Agency and Deputy Governor of the State, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe for his support in ensuring the success of the programme, she mentioned the six thematic areas of the state’s HCD Agency to include Health and Nutrition; Education; Labour Force Participation; Youth; Social Development; and Local Government Community Development.
On her part, the Chief Executive Officer of Africa Human Capital Development Plus, Finda Koroma, commended the Nasarawa State government for its numerous programmes rolled out to support the less privileged people of the state.
She further assured of the Africa HCD Plus commitment to continue to give maximum support to the state’s Human Capital Development Agency in order to lift many residents of the state from poverty.
Koroma said, “I am really impressed by what is happening in Nasarawa State because they have taken the lead in establishing a stand-alone Human Capital Development Agency.
“They have indicators and targets to meet that is why we are here to work with them (Nasarawa HCD) in ensuring that through data analysis and management, through training and capacity building, they can meet their targets and indicators, so that the impact they are making will be greater.”
The Voice reports that the 2-day advocacy workshop organised by the agency in collaboration with the Africa Human Capital Development Plus, had stakeholders from across the 13 Local Government Areas of the state in attendance, featured expert presentations, hands-on group exercises and open discussions, among others.