The attention of the Taraba State Government has been drawn to a certain medical bill posted online and purported to have been issued in the name of Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku, Governor of Taraba State, for medical services allegedly procured by him abroad.
This was disclosed by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Mr. Bala Abu.
The governor’s media aide stated categorically and with all the emphasis desirable that Gov. Ishaku did not receive medical treatment for any ailment during his present trip abroad and could, therefore, not have been issued a bill for services not procured by him.
He said that the whole idea is a fallacy, packaged by his detractors to smear his name and score cheap political points.
“It is nonsensical because it is unimaginable that Gov. Ishaku would post his own medical bill will all the details of his medical condition online for all to see.”
“The question is what point will he be making with such publication?”
“This cloning of his telephone line and use as the source of the online post is yet another proof that there is no limit to the extent that some politicians wearing the garb of opposition can go to soil the reputation of their opponents.”
Bala Abu said that the governor’s detractors have failed once again as Gov. Ishaku has nothing to do with the so-called medical bill.
He wishes to advise the general public to dismiss the publication as yet another wicked plot of his opponents to ridicule the governor.
The Taraba State chairman of the All Progressives Congress,APC, again displayed unpardonable ignorance during his recent news conference in Jalingo where he made frivolous allegations against the person of Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku and his administration.
The issues raised by the APC chairman at that forum were generally a rehash of the same old and familiar false allegations which the APC in Taraba State has always used in its quest for public sympathy in the aftermath of their woeful loss of the 2019 election in the state.
My immediate reaction to Elsudi’s present tantrums was to ignore him but doing so may suggest, to those not familiar with the antics of APC leaders in Taraba, that he could be saying something reasonable.
Only the blind and the deaf will claim, as Mr. Elsudi did at the press conference that Gov Ishaku’s administration has achieved nothing in four years.
I’m not surprised that public reactions to his tissues of lies have been effusive and furious, with most people asking if he lives outside the state.
Many have demanded that Elsudi to tell them who dramatically reversed the water scarcity in Taraba State with the sinking of 300 boreholes in 300 communities.
They would also want Elsudi to tell them who established the Green House in Jalingo which is today rated as the best in Nigeria. Whose administration empowered over 4000 women and youths in Taraba and employed 3000 teachers?
If Elsudi wants to be taken seriously he should answer these questions publicly.
He should tell Tarabans who revived seven moribund companies in the state and re-positioned the education sector which is today the pride of all Tarabans with the outstanding performances of our students in WAEC.
Tarabans are also demanding that Elsudi tells them who completed the Jalingo Airport project and introduced daily flights to the airport from Abuja.
Let him also tell them who constructed the network of roads in Magami and several others in Jalingo.
What about the 6.5kilomtre Taken Katsina Ala road, among numerous others?
Again, what about the three general hospitals reconstructed and rr-equipped in the three senatorial zones.
There are much that Elsudi and his gang are pretending not to have noticed. They are free to close their eyes on every good thing that the Ishaku administration has achieved but the administration will neither be deterred or discouraged by their decision to feign ignorance and market falsehood about its innumerable achievements.
In today’s Taraba State under the leadership of Gov. Ishaku, it is a work in progress. Many projects are on-going.
These include the Mararaba-Baissa and Sokundi roads whose construction Elsudi claimed has not started yet. They will be completed during the lifespan of this administration.
All other allegations of misappropriation of funds that Elsudi threw at Ishaku during his press conference cannot stick because they contain no iota truth.
Gov. Ishaku is a man of integrity. He has run a transparent administration and has earned the reputation of the best manager of resources compared with all other past governors of the state.
Elsudi and his gang of noise makers are free to continue their noise making but they should be assured that Gov Ishaku will not be distracted from his mission of rescuing the state.
He remains focused and by the end of his second tenure Tarabans will be happy that Arc Darius Dickson Ishaku came their way.
Bala Dan Abu
SSA to the Governor on Media and Publicity
TSIEC Chairman, Dr. Philip Duwe
The Chairman, Taraba State Independent Electoral Commission (TSIEC), Dr. Philip Duwe on Monday said insecurity in some parts of the state was responsible for the delay in the conduct of the Local Government Council Elections in the State.
Duwe, who disclosed this in an interview with journalists in Jalingo said the commission and the government were willing to conduct Local Council elections, but the lingering security in the state was hampering the exercise.
He explained that the commission had already done its budget which has been approved by the State House of Assembly, but was waiting for signal from security agencies as to when it will be convenient to hold elections.
“As a commission, we are well prepared. Our budget and activity profile are all ready. The only thing we are waiting for is the instruction from the Governor who is the Chief Security Officer of the State.
“You all know that Taraba has come under serious security challenge and the Governor can only give instructions for the conduct of election based on security report from security agents.
“As we speak, a lot of people who were displaced are still in IDPs camps especially in southern and Northern parts of the State which was the worst hit in the crisis.
“Even though people are agitating for elections to be conducted in the Local Council, we can not risk the lives of the people and disenfranchised others in the process,” he said.
Duwe thanked politicians who were already displaying posters for the council polls for their willingness to participate in the process and urged them to join hands with the government and security agencies to restore permanent peace to communities to enable the commission conduct election.
This is even as he thanked God for a reduction in the level of crisis in the state and the media for their objective reportage of the peace process.
The Chairman expressed optimism that with the concerted efforts being made by all the stakeholders towards peace, the commission may likely commence the process of conducting council elections by the end of the first quarter of 2020.
Our correspondent reports that the tenure of the elected Local Government Council Chairmen had elapsed since 2019 and the state government has been appointing Caretaker Committee to administer the councils.