Nasarawa State Government yesterday offered automatic employment to 10 persons living with the deadly virus, HIV/AIDS who graduated from Mother and Child Enhancement Foundation, McCEF.

Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura made the offer while speaking at the 5th graduation ceremony of trainees of the McCEF, an NGO founded by the state first lady, Salamatu Tanko Al-Makura.

The governor also announced a cash donation of N100,000 to each of the 40 graduated trainees drawn from Obi and Doma local government areas of the state to enable them start their businesses.

He explained that the gesture was meant to alleviate the hardship being faced by the victims of the disease and fast tract the viability of their acquired skills.

Al-Makura commended the first lady for the initiative, noting that the gesture was in line with his administration’s commitment to enhancing the living condition of the people, especially the vulnerable group in the society.

He also commended the beneficiaries for knowing their health status hence the governor promised to showcase them to not only the state but the entire world.

Earlier, the first lady, who is also the executive director and founder of the McCEF, revealed that 40 persons drawn from two local government areas of Obi and Doma were trained in various skills acquisition programmes of the organisation.

She explained that the gesture was borne out of her desire to support people living with HIV/AIDS in the state, but however regretted that people infected with the virus have gone through a lot of sad experiences as a result of stigmatisation even from their loved ones.

Mrs. Al-Makura lamented that “Living with HIV’ is seen as a curse in some societies as people living with virus had gone through a lot of sad experience, so we must show them love, care and support at all times.”

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