Taraba Governor, Darius Ishaku on Wednesday appealed to opposition parties to join hands with his administration to make the State great.
Ishaku made the appeal shortly after taking oath of office as the Governor of Taraba for the second term at a well attended colourful ceremony in Jalingo.
The Governor, who noted that the time for politicking was over, appealed to aggrieved persons to close ranks and support his administration for a better Taraba.
“I want to use this opportunity to appeal to the opposition to join hands with me to bring development to the State and to collectively bequeath a Taraba of our dreams to the generations yet unborn.
“The time for politics is over, now it is time for governance and we must close ranks, unite and work together for the benefit of all the people of Taraba,” he appealed.
Ishaku who lamented the spate of insecurity in the State appealed to the people to rise above the antics of those who have continually used the forth lines of religion and tribalism to cause mayhem and disrupt the peace of the land.
He said that security challenges in the State had slowed the pace of development and called on traditional rulers to work hard to ensure peace in their domains.
Ishaku pledged that his administration in the second term would prioritize agriculture, education and security for accelerated development.
Ishaku also used the forum to highlight his achievements in the past four years, stressing that within the period his administration improved on agriculture, construction of township and rural roads, revival of moribund companies among others.
Governor Ishaku and his Deputy, Engr. Haruna Manu were sworn in by the Chief Judge, Justice Josephine Tuktur at about 2:06pm
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The transition committee set up to prepare for the second term inauguration of Governor Darius Ishaku has urged the Governor to prioritize security, agriculture among others in his second term in office.
Chairman of the transition committee, Amb. Idris Waziri at a press briefing in Jalingo on Tuesday said the committee, after taking stock of the achievements of the Governor in his first term recommended improvements in Security, Agriculture, Education and Technology for the good of the state.
“Agriculture alone has employed over 80 percent of the population of the state, so the committee feels that giving attention to agriculture will boost the economy of the state.”
“The state also need improvement in education and technology to be able to keep abreast with the challenges civilization and technological advancements.”
Waziri said the elections were over and the people of the state should join hands with the Governor to move the state forward.
He called on all to eschew bitterness and not indulge in things that will rather take the state backwards.
“We must say no to violence and never again shall we take arms against one another. We must not because of our personal ambitions bring violence in the state”.
“God gives power to whom he wishes and only one person can be a Governor of Taraba at a time.
“Political parties are mere platforms for the purposes of contesting elections and now that elections are over, I want to appeal to all politicians to support the governor for the good of Taraba,” he appealed.
Our correspondent reports that activities for the inauguration began with a Jumat prayer on Friday and a Church service on Sunday.
Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku has declared his assets in fulfilment of the requirements of the Nigerian Constitution and the Code of Conduct Bureau for public officers.
The documents were submitted to the Code of Conduct Bureau on Friday May 24, 2019.
Bala Dan Abu
Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity
Governor Darius Ishaku has attributed the success of his administration to the cordial working relationship that has existed between the three tiers of Government.
The Governor made this disclosure during an induction seminar organised by the State House of Assembly for elected and re-elected Members, held at the Patience Event Center, Jalingo.
He stressed that the established relationship must be sustained for steady progress adding that his administration had carried everybody along promising to always run an all inclusive governance in the State.
He advised the leadership of the House to equip the new Members with rudiments of legislation saying legislators have played vital roles in the success of his Rescue Mission.
In his welcome address, the Speaker of the Taraba State House of Assembly, Rt. Honourable Abel Peter Diah assured the Governor of the needed support and cooperation to enable him succeed in his second term.
Diah said the essence of the induction was to acquaint the new Members with the proceedings of the House.
In his vote of thanks, Clerk of the House, Mella Orngu thanked Governor Ishaku for his continuous support to the State House of Assembly