The Executive Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku today commissioned the Mararaba, Donga magistrate court, a second court edifice he is commissioning in the space of two days.
Gov. Ishaku commissioning the newly built Magistrate Court in Mararaba – Donga.
The Governor during the event thanked the Chief Judge, Justice Josephine Tuktur describing her as really persistent when ever she wanted anything done, especially when it has to do with his people.
The Governor advised the people to always wholeheartedly accept development when it came their way.
Ishaku said the court complexes were a plus not only for Donga, Mararaba but for all the people of Taraba State.
The Governor reiterated his commitment to development saying if the peace enjoyed sofar is sustained, he would do even more.
He also provided a heavy duty generator for the court to power appliances and aid conducive environment for continued justice delivery.
Also speaking, the Chief Judge, Justice Josephine Tuktur said the Government could not do everything for the people and stressed that the élite would also have to support the Government in bringing to the people the desired development.
Justice Tuktur said even though there was so much controversy around erecting the edifice, she was overwhelmed with joy seeing that the court was finally being commissioned.
The building she said was above the standard of an Area Court, hence her decision to upgrade it to a Magistrate court.
She called on the people to shun all religious or tribal sentiments so that justice could reach the doorstep of a common man.
Interior settings of the court
Distinguished senator Emmanuel Bwacha speaking said God had granted him the grace to complete the project and to him, there was nothing more than giving back to the society and that was what he had just done.
Bwacha said he felt pain knowing that his people had to travel all the way to Jalingo to seek for redress when the need arose and that promoted the construction of the complex.
Bwacha commended the Governor for all his efforts especially in infrastructure saying there was infrastructural decay in the Country but despite that, Governor Ishaku continues to make a difference.
The Chief Magistrate of the State, Barr. Mrs Clara G. Kataps commended the Governor for the step taken to make sure that a space for justice is provided in the State.
His Excellency, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku commissioning a rural electrification project in Donga Local Government Area.
Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Ishaku has said his administration’s aggressive approach to rural electrification will boost the State’s economy and create jobs for the people.
The governor stated this on Monday while commissioning the 1×7.5/MVA/33/11/KV electricity injection substation in Donga Local Government Area in continuation of his rural electrification project in the State.
He explained that he conceived the vision of building electricity injection substations in the State five years ago while serving as Minister of Power because Taraba was the most under-served in terms of electricity.
“Without efforts like these the Kashimbila Power project will not be of benefit to the people of Taraba. So, this is the third of such injection power substation we have built and very soon, I will commission that of Mutum Biyu.
“Work on the Kashimbila Power project has been completed and remains just the connection of one transmission line. So, when that is done, the people of this area should have 24 hours of electricity and these substations will help in stepping down the electricity.
“I have rallied round the six Governors in the North East to join hands with me to harness the benefits that would be derived from the Mambilla and Kashimbila hydro power projects for the economic growth of the region.
“With steady electricity, small businesses will thrive better and that would boost the economy of my people. It will be a disservice if we are producing power and our people are not benefiting from it,” he said.
Taraba State Government said it is set to assist more local rice farmers to produce enough rice to feed the nation and check huge import bills on rice into the country.
His Excellency, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku.
Governor Darius Ishaku who disclosed this on Sunday at the thanksgiving church service to mark the 80th birthday celebration of the Chief of Donga, Dr. Stephen Bayonga said the State Government has so far assisted 17,000 rice farmers in the past two years.
“We held a meeting with the Federal Government over the high import bills on rice and we all agreed to work hard to stop the importation of rice into the country.
“Taraba alone can feed the nation with rice and cut the N800bn being spent yearly on rice import. So, I want to call on the people of the State to return to farming.
“On our part, we are poised to assist more rice farmers to produce enough rice to feed the nation, boost economy and check poverty,” he said.
The governor congratulated the Gara of Donga for clocking 80 years and prayed God to grant him good health and wisdom to rule.
In his remarks, the celebrant, The Gara of Donga, Dr. Stephen Bayonga thanked God for sparing his life to see his 80th birthday and appreciated the people who turned out to celebrate with him.
Bayonga called on the Governor to consider the construction of the Donga – Mararaba road to ease movement of people and for economic growth of the area.
Resident Pastor of CRC-N Donga, Rev. Enoch Aboki in his sermon enjoined the people to always appreciate God and never forget the good things God has done in their lives.
Rev. Aboki called on the Governor to deal with the security situation in the area especially in kidnapping and armed robbery.
Governor Darius Ishaku has congratulated His Royal Highness, Dr Danjuma Bayonga Garbose III Gara of Donga as he celebrates life at 80.
Governor Ishaku while speaking during the Thanksgiving service which took place at CRCN 1 Donga described the Gara as not only a king who is reigning successfully, but one who has worked all his life to bring peace and harmony among the citizens.
The governor charged others to use HRH Danjuma Bayonga as a reference for living because life is all about what you can leave as legacy when you are long gone.
He prayed for better health and God’s will in the remaining years God had for him on the earth while asking the people to be thankful because lack of gratitude kills the spirit of doing more.
HRH Dr. Danjuma Bayonga Garbose III GARA of Donga responding ascribed the glory to God as being his inspiration, the author and the finisher of his faith, stressing that without Him he would not have come this far.
He said that thanking God was a culture because it had been his grace, mercy and love that kept him. He also thanked his people for always standing by him and for supporting his reign.
He specifically appreciated His Excellency, Governor Darius Ishaku for his love and concern towards him, praying God to uphold all his doings and not ever allow him fail.
OXFAM International, a major nonprofit group with an extensive collection of operations said it has set aside Ten Million Euros to revamp the agricultural sector of the State.
Making the disclosure, at the Government House Jalingo, the acting country director Oxfam Nigeria, Mr Constant Tchona stated that the the funds would be expended in two phases with Five Million Euros set aside for the first phase while the other Five Million covers the second phase.
He further revealed that the project is targeted at Thirteen Thousand households in the three senatorial zones of the state.
According to Tchona, the project is a demonstrative action under a prosell scheme.
The scheme he said is targeted at small scale farmers, fishermen and livestock farmers.
“It is not a huge amount as you may know but we intend to help small scale farmers with farm inputs from developing stage through the harvest and market stages and ensuring good profit from sales”.
He commented Governor Ishaku for the tremendous work he has done in improving the agaric sector and ensuring food security in the state.
“We have seen your good work and we want you to know that we will be having an office here in the state and place our staff who will help in establishing what we want to do here so as to enhance the quality of agriculture and the sustainability of our services in the long run.”
Responding, Governor Ishaku thanked the team for the visit and promised to give them all the necessary support to ensure they carry out their mission effectively.
He disclosed that the huge investment his administration had made in the agricultural sector has created about Twenty Thousand jobs and has enabled the government to invest more in the sector to ensure food security for citizens.
The Governor added that the bureaucratic bottleneck hindering the take off of dominion farms had also been removed.
Speaking to journalist after the meeting with the Governor, the acting director revealed that the outcome was very positive and it would fast track the already established agricultural development strides of the Governor.
“We have already earmarked towns in the three senatorial zones of the state where we will be taking off from. Yorro and Zing in the North, Kurmi and Sardauna in the central while Takum and Wukari make up the southern zone”.