Man making statements during one of the Rescue Town Hall Meetings
The Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku has a Special Programme called Rescue Watch; an arm of his Rescue Agenda. The Rescue Watch is headed by the Governor, with the Chief of Staff, Hon. Rebo Usman, at the helm of affairs, assisted by the Special Adviser on Manifesto Implementation, Hon. Sadiq Nuhu and Special Adviser on Revenue Matters, Hon. Taninga Binga.
Every local government has a Rescue team, made up of a Special Adviser on grass root matters, Senior Special Assistants, Special Assistants and Ward contact persons. These people are mandated to visit a ward each time they go out. For each outing, they hold town hall meetings, visit various infrastructure and ongoing projects, and generally interface with the people on behalf of the Governor.
Apart from the numerous achievements of the Rescue Watch, the Taraba people at the grassroots also enjoy the following benefits and look forward to the Rescue Watch every month.
1. Talking directly to the Governor: Taraba people at the grassroots normally talk directly to the Governor through video recordings done during every outing. As soon as the videos are brought back, the clips are watched by the Rescue Team secretariat where important issues that keep recurring are repackaged and presented to the Governor as they are. The Governor watches these videos after every Rescue Watch outing. For example, most people while talking will express how they feel about his Rescue Mission, how it has helped them, give suggestions and make requests.
2. Sell Important Ideas: They have the opportunity to sell important ideas to the Governor through videos. 5 people are selected from each polling unit, making up between 50 to 100 people per town hall meeting. These people cut across age group, political affiliation, tribes, religion, and occupation. Because of the variety of backgrounds people are coming from, ideas that the Governor’s Advisers could have missed will be known.
3. Being Captured in Official Decision Making: Taraba people at the grassroots have the opportunity to be considered and captured in decisions that the Governor finally makes since most decisions will be made with the plight of the grassroots in mind. For example, in the last outing in July, the Rescue Team from Lau identified the high prevalence of Hepatitis infection.