In a collaborative effort between the Adamawa State Primary Healthcare Development Agency and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), a total of 2,260 adolescents underwent specialised training on Gender-Based Violence (GBV).
Hajiya Fadimatu Hamman-Joda, the state’s Programme Officer for Adolescent Youths and Sexual Reproductive Health, disclosed during an interview in Yola that these trainees were meticulously selected from the 226 electoral wards within the state, with 10 individuals chosen from each ward.
She elaborated on the training sessions, stating that the participants were sensitised about the perils associated with deviant behaviours such as rape, substance abuse, alcoholism, and needless conflicts, among others.
She noted, “The trainees would be deployed to the 21 local government areas of the state to use the knowledge acquired to mobilise 2,203 adolescents.
“The programme targets to cover 4,000 adolescents by the year 2024,” she added.
However, she voiced concerns regarding the hindrances posed by inadequate logistics, which have impeded the smooth execution of the programme.
She expressed appreciation towards both the state government and UNICEF for their unwavering support for the programme’s objectives.