Executive Governor, Taraba State.
Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku will tomorrow swear in the Special Adviser on New Economic Partnership for Africa’s Development NEPAD, Mr. Dennis Okuma Nev.
In a Release signed by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Darius Ishaku, Hassan Mijinyawa states that, the swearing in ceremony will take place in the Exco Chambers of Government House Jalingo at about 1:00 pm.
The Release further states that newly appointed Chairmen and Board Members will also be inaugurated shortly after the swearing in.
Accordingly, the release indicates that, all top government functionaries are expected to be part of the ceremony.
The need for people of Gashaka Local Government Area to be more vigilant and enhance mutual coexistence dominated the maiden edition of Peace and Security meeting which the new Lamdo Gashaka, Alhaji Zubairu Mohammadu Sambo is participating for the first time.
The Peace and Security meeting which took place in the Palace of Lamdo Gashaka recently, dwelt extensively on the urgent need to fortify the security of the area most especially now that farmers are busy harvesting their farm produce and grazers may soon invade the area looking for conducive place to graze.
Chairing the meeting, the Chairman of Gashaka, Hon. Mohammadu Gayam stated that Gashaka provides a suitable area for animals to graze on and pointed out that very soon there would be an influx of Fulani herdsmen as he tasks all the District Heads, Ward Heads and Village Heads to work collaboratively to ensure that they take note of people that come into their respective areas.
Hon. Gayam maintained that the current security situation in the country is so precarious, that proactive and workable measures would have to be put in place to combat any form of unforeseen security breach, stemming from people that come in with evil intention.
He stressed that Gashaka is one of the most peaceful Local Councils in the State, pointing out that efforts will be intensified to improve on the existing peace so that people will comfortably go about their normal businesses without fear.
The Chairman said, Gashaka Local Government is very strategic most especially now that the State Government is determined to open up viable opportunities in all nooks and crannies of the State, adding that, Gashaka is home to the largest game reserve in the whole of West Africa among other potentials that are yet to be harnessed.
Hon. Gayam beckoned on all to make it a point of duty to regularly intimate all the relevant security apparatus whenever there is a new person in their domain as well as people with suspicious character.
He also used the forum to warn people of the area not to combine religion and politics, explaining that people who combine the two only do so for their selfish interest which often put peaceful coexistence into jeopardy and challenged all religious leaders to ensure that they preach peace in their places of worships.
Similarly, the new Lamdo Gashaka, Alhaji Zubairu Mohammadu Sambo reiterated the need for all to live in peace with one another, emphasising the present Administration of Arc. Darius Ishaku is working assiduously to ensure that peace is achieved, maintained and sustained throughout the State and called on them to key into it with utmost commitment and sincerity.
Lamdo Zubairu Sambo maintained he will try to ensure peace reign supreme in his domain and pointed out Gashaka is enormously blessed and the people can only enjoy it if there is peace and harmonious coexistence among all the ethnic groups in the area.
He however pointed out to the the District heads, Ward heads and Village heads to work closely with the security Agencies to ensure that they keep a close watch on people that come into their areas as well as monitoring the activities of Fulani herdsmen regularly.
The security and peace meeting was attended by all security Agencies, religious leaders, District heads, Ward heads, Village heads and Stakeholders of Gashaka Local Government.
Grassroots inhabitants have been encouraged to ensure regular and prompt payment of taxes which will enable the state government to execute more developmental projects in their respective localities.
This encouragement was given at a town hall meeting jointly organized by the Grassroots Rescue Watch and the Revenue Mobilization Committees for Gassol Local Government.
Gov. Ishaku and the rescue mission
The Gassol town hall meeting had participants who were randomly selected from all the seventeen polling units of Gassol ward.
The participants were oriented and charged with the responsibility of monitoring, complementing and ensuring the success of all development projects embarked upon by the government within their respective domains.
They were also challenged to work round the clock in sensitizing their fellow dwellers on the significance of regular and prompt payment of tax which is among the major sources of government revenue.
In their separate submissions, the special Adviser to the Governor on grassroots matters who is also the chairman Rescue Watch Committee Gassol local government area, Alhaji Abbas Umar Kaura as well as the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Revenue Matters and chairman Revenue Mobilization Committee Gassol local government, Mr Luka Agyu Umar maintained that the more revenue that people generate, the more projects they should expect in their localities.
In consideration of its size and population, the Committee chairmen were quick to add that Gassol local government area remains the live wire for revenue generation in the state, and they were optimistic that the people of the area will continue to prove that.
Some speakers added their voices, calling on the people of Gassol to continue supporting the good policies and programmes of the state government under Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku.
The committee members paid homage on the chief of Gassol, Alhaji Idris Yakubu Ciroma at his palace where they intimated the royal father of their mission and solicited for his fatherly blessings.
In his response, the traditional ruler assured them of all the needed support, stressing that the area is in urgent need of social amenities such as roads, water and electricity among the major ones.
The royal father lamented what he described as persistent security threats bedeviling the area, calling for a rapid intervention from the state government.
The Taraba State Ministry of Justice has recorded tremendous achievements in the last three hundred and sixty-five days.
The State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Yusuf Nya Akirikwen who disclosed this, attributed the successes recorded to the hard work and commitment of the staff of the ministry.
Highlighting the level of achievements recorded under his one-year stewardship in office, Barrister Yusuf Akirikwen who took over the ministry on 14 November last year, said they had achieved a lot.
Before he took over as Commissioner, he said there were Thirty-eight civil cases pending in various courts across Nigeria, saying they got additional forty-six within the period under review, making a total of one hundred and fifteen pending cases.
Out of this number, he said thirty-five cases had been disposed of, in which twenty-four went in favour of the state government.
Under his watch, Barrister Yusuf Akirikwen said the ministry dusted up several files of former contractors in the state in a bit to recover over two billion naira state fund from the contractors.
Enumerating, the challenges they faced, the Attorney General stressed that the ministry with eight directorates and one hundred and two staff strength is confronted with the challenges of inadequate office accommodation as well as outdated library among other shortcomings.
He maintained that if all ministries in the state will adhere to the professional advice from the legal officers assigned to them by the Ministry of Justice, the level of litigations will be minimised.
The Commissioner appreciated the support he enjoyed from his staff and the general public, describing his one year journey as so far so good.
By Nick Dugba.
The World Bank frowns at the Taraba state Agency for Community and Social Development Project Law No. 7, 2009 and views it as insufficient.
It was stated in a letter from the Office of the Executive Governor, Taraba state to the Taraba state House of Assembly, seeking for the amendment of the Law.
The letter titled “Re: Amendment of Bill of Taraba state Agency for Community and Social Development Project”, says that “the Law was a veritable tool for the World Bank to reach out to our people at the grassroots leading to the transformation of the social status of our rural areas”. It also stated that the tenure of the General Manager of the agency in the Principal Law was five years only without renewal which the World Bank frowns at.
“Since the World Bank is the only financier, for now, a two-term tenure of the General Manager’s office is proposed to stabilise the agency”, the letter read.
During the plenary session presided over by Speaker, Peter Abel Diah on Monday, several members supported the Bill.
Contributing on the floor of the House, Edward Baraya, PDP, Karim 2, said in order to make the agency function well, there was need for an amendment of the Law.
Also, Mark Useni, PDP, Takum 2, was of the view that the problem with programs and policies was sustainability and that a single tenure was not likely to guarantee sustainability.
The Bill was therefore referred to the House committee on Finance and Appropriation for further deliberations after it has passed second reading.