Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku has assented to Ndola of Gola Area, NGADA, Development Area creation Order Act 2016, bringing the numbers of Development Areas in the State to two.
Governor Darius Ishaku who assented to the order today in Government House Exco Chamber Jalingo, spoke of the need to give the people of NGADA a sense of belonging and to take civilization to their doorsteps and commended the Taraba State House of Assembly for working on the same page with him to rescue the people and give them a sense of belonging.
He maintained that history will judge and remember them right for taking a bold step to rescue the people and said he shedded tears when the plight of NGADA people was told to him and likened their emergence to that of Koma people in the then Gongola State and present Adamawa State.
Governor Darius Ishaku blamed the plight of people to politicians from the area, describing it as man’s inhumanity to man and challenged all Tarabans to work towards assisting the people of the Area to catch up with the present day modernity.
He also called on the enlightened ones among them to be of help to each other, describing today as a special day in the lives of the people and assured them that his administration will take up the challenge and responsibilities of ensuring that they are also provided with all the basic amenities such as roads, water and electricity.
The Governor also used the opportunity to specially appreciate his wife, Barr. Anna Ishaku who is the initiator of the Hope Afresh Foundation for painstakingly going to the area despite the difficult terrain and unearthing their plight, which has today received Government attention.
Speaking before presenting the NGADA Development creation Order Act 2016 to the Governor, the Speaker Taraba State House of Assembly, Hon. Abel Peter Diah thanked the Governor for coming to the plight of the people of NGADA, saying that is a clear demonstration of his love to the people that have been neglected for long.
Hon. Abel Diah said after carefully studying the request of the Governor to create a development area for the people, the entire members also keyed into it with a view to giving the people a sense of belonging and unanimously and objectively deliberated on it so as to fast track development at the grassroots with key emphasis on areas that have been without Government presence for long.
He commended the members for their zeal, dexterity and painstakingly keeping faith with the vision and believing in the fundamental objectives of the present Government of Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku that is poised to bring all people of the State on board via the rescue agenda.
Speaking to the press on behalf of the people of Ngada community, the spokesperson, Rev. Joseph Nagombe thanked Governor Darius Ishaku for the liberation and said the creation of God can never be left in isolation in terms of social life, as God will always provide a liberator, a saviour and a man with a heart, determination to salvage the situation and posited that the purpose of God on NGADA people was fulfilled through the leadership of Darius Dickson Ishaku.
He stated that the people have been living in the area for the past 1000 years since the split of the Bantu Kingdom and are referred to in the present day as Ndola and in the past as Ndoro, explaining that the Ndola of Gola Area was part of defunct United Hills and later part of Trust Territory of the British Northern Cameroon.
Rev. Nagombe said the area became part of Nigeria on 1st June 1961 as a result of a plebiscite that was conducted and since then it has been part of Nigeria and praised Governor Darius Ishaku through the rescue mission that has brought the area out of total neglect and rejection.
He stressed that the people of NGADA will remain grateful and will count it as a major achievement of this administration.
The spokesperson said the Taraba State Independent Electoral Commission TSIEC, will now have additional population of voting age of about 20,000 to add to its lists of eligible voters and assured Governor Darius Ishaku of an unequalled support in 2019 general elections, reaffirming their commitment of peaceful coexistence in the area.