Governor Darius Ishaku has bemoaned the increasing level of kidnapping and criminal activities in some communities in Benue and Taraba States.
He made the pronouncement at a joint security meeting between the two States at the Conference Hall of the Federal University, Wukari.
He lamented that the spate of kidnapping has truncated economic activities in the crises prone communities and charged those involved to stop the retrogressive act in order to enjoy the dividends of democracy.
Governor Ishaku challenged Traditional rulers to be proactive in identifying miscreants and criminal elements in their domain for prompt action.
On his part, Benue State of Governor, Samuel Ortom noted that the best time to stop the criminal actiand vities and kidnapping in Taraba and Benue States is now considering the synergy both governments have adopted for peace to thrive.
He emphasized that the Government of Taraba and Benue for the past two years have been working relentlessly to establish peace and thereby called on the people to support them.
Governor Ortom advised the Communities to be calm as Government is working on the demarcation of some communities in both States and added that the Jukuns who might later find themselves in Benue State would be given full rights as citizens of Benue as well as Tivs who find themselves in Taraba.
He maintained that the interest of the people must be reflected in the demarcation exercise after the draft from the technical committee comes through.
Stakeholders from both States and various security formations spoke at the meeting in the search for lasting peace.
The Governors agreed to grant amnesty to militants who surrender their arms by the end of January and promised to provide jobs for the youths in order to make them self reliant.
The meeting climaxed with a visit of both Governors to Sai, Abako in Katsina Ala Local Government Area of Benue State and Dogon Gawa in Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State where they both addressed the Jukun and Tiv communities to embrace peace.
Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku has promised to create more Chiefdoms if re-elected into office for a second term.
The Governor made the remarks during the 2018 edition of the Ichen cultural festival held at the ICADA Permanent Site along Marraraba Takum road.
He said the essence of governance is to reach people at the grassroots and warned communities who want to undermine the good gesture to stop forthwith or face the consequences.
Commenting, Deputy Senate Minority Leader Senator Emmanuel Bwacha reassured Governor Ishaku of the Ichen nations resolve to support him in the 2019 Gubernatorial election.
Earlier, National President of Ichen Cultural Development Association Bibinu Samuel Ahmed bemoaned cases of armed robbery, kidnapping and other criminal activities along Marraraba to Takum, Takum to Katstina Ala,Takum to Wukari including Marraraba Shimo to Donga roads.
He appealed to the Governor to consider the installation of second class chief of Kurmi Local Government Area and also requested him to build a befitting hospital in Marraraba Shimo to provide health care for the people.
Governor Ishaku donated ten million naira to the Ichen Cultural Development Association to enable them construct their secretariat.
The Gara of Donga His Royal Highness Dr. Danjuma Stephen Bayonga, Air Vice Marshall Usman Bibinu, Elder Danlami Shamaki, Member house of Representatives Charles Hosea, Justice Hannatu Bibinu, Member representing Donga State Constituency in the state house of Assembly Douglas Ndatse and other notable persons from the Ichen extraction attended the occasion.
The World bank through Youth Empowerment and Social Support Operations (YESSO) in collaboration with the Taraba state government on Friday commenced the training of 1,500 youths in community development services.
Speaking during the flag off of the training at Mararaban Apawa in Lau Local Government Area of the state, Head of Unit, Public Workfare of YESSO in the state, Dr. Ephraim Jen said the programme was design to check youth unemployment and restiveness in the country.
He noted that the youth constitute 51 percent of the nation’s population and if not well managed could constitute nuisance and increased criminality in the country.
Jen explained that the world bank and the federal government have noticed this scenario and have come up with the project in collaboration with State governments to provide temporary labour intensive jobs known as Public Workfare to check youth restiveness.
“The youth who would be paid a monthly stipend of N7,500 would be deployed in cleaning of public areas, rehabilitation of community feeder roads, reforestation, gully reclamation, construction of market stalls among others.
“The 1,500 youth who commence training today were selected from various background across six local government areas of Lau, Yorro, Ibi, Wukari, Bali and Gashaka LGAs and another batch of 1,500 will follow in the second phase.
“Provision has been made in the 2019 budget to engage 8000 more youths across the 16 Local Government Areas of the state,” he said.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, Mr. Usman Matu in a remark said the Taraba State Government in recognition of the positive impact of the programme promptly paid counterpart funds for the take off of the programme in the state.
“The programme is in line with the rescue mission programme of His Excellency, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku who has done so much in youth empowerment,” he said.
He called on beneficiaries to make good use of the opportunity to better the livelihood of their families.
Matu commended the Federal Government and the World Bank for embarking on the public workfare programme in the state, noting that the programme will create job opportunities and reduce poverty among the youths.
Taraba State Governor, Arch. Darius Dickson Ishaku on Monday presented a budget estimate of N146,73,726,882.58 to the State Assembly for the 2019 fiscal year.
Presenting the budget before the State’s Lawmakers at the State House of Assembly Complex in Jalingo, Governor Darius Ishaku said the budget was to consolidate on his achievements in the past years.
The budget estimate had the capital expenditure of N72,826,433,910, representing 49.86 per cent and the recurrent expenditure of N73.24bn representing 50.14 per cent.
The governor while commending members for the support and the cordial working relationship between the Executive and the Legislature, pledged accountability and sustainability in the implementation of the budget for the good of the State.
Earlier, Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Abel Peter Diah commended the Governor for the achievements so far recorded in the area of agriculture, health, education and infrastructural development.
He commended the Governor for bringing governance closer to the people by appointing second class and third class Chiefs which has helped in addressing the security challenge facing the State.
On the forthcoming elections, the Speaker called on politicians to play the game according to the rules, eschew violence and be mindful of their utterances during campaign so as to have peaceful elections.
Our correspondent reports that the 2019 budget estimate of N146.73bn is 12.73 percent higher than that of last year which was N129bn including the supplementary budget of N25bn which was later passed by the House of Assembly.
His Excellency, Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku is to present the 2019 Taraba State budget proposals to the State House of Assembly on Monday December 24/2018 at 12 Noon.
The venue of the presentation will be the Chambers of the Taraba State House of Assembly, Jalingo.
The event will be attended by His Excellency, the Deputy Governor. Engineer Haruna Manu, the state Chief Judge, Justice Josphine Tuktur, the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Anthony Jellason, the Head of Service, members of the state Executive Council, other political appointees and all other critical stakeholders.
Bala Dan Abu
Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity