What is power?
What is humility?
What is team spirit?
Who is a mother?
Does position of power change a mother?
These are questions that floaded my mind as I see Her Excellency, the wife of the Executive Governor of Taraba State, Barrister Anna Darius Ishaku do some amazing things.
Today I walked into Hope Afresh Foundation, Her Skills Acquisition Center in Kona Ward, Jalingo to check on a few things and I got the shock of a lifetime.
First, Barr. Anna walked into the place without a convoy or heavy security men. She had just a car.
I was wondering what she could be doing at the center, alone, without convoy or security, in the midst of the blazing sun. When I walked into the mega store at her acquisition centre, I learned her team of staff were packaging palliatives to be distributed to the less privileged who are suffering the effects of the Covid-19 within the state and the lockdown in the state.
At first I was wondering why they were doing that themselves. Can’t they look for labourers to do such dirty job, I thought they are office staff? I recalled there are no people on the street.
Before I could finish my thoughts I saw the first lady, Barr. Anna jumped into the dirt with her office staff and began to sieve and package the palliatives: rice, maize and flour amongst others that will be shared. The bags in hundreds!
I had the privilege to have worked with a couple of first ladies within Nigeria, but I was shocked to my bones and marrows, to have seen such spirit from Barr. Anna Darius Ishaku.
Not only that, she directed a few IDP women that stayed around her centre to assist with the maize as she believes it’s not right to give people without making sure it’s clean. She gave the few women money and soft drinks. One of the women told me, “we could have been dead a long time if not for Mama Anna that has been helping us”. I now understood why they were working excitedly.
I was amazed because, unlike the trend, she was not waiting for people to do the dirty job so she can come and show her self to the cameras on the day of delivery as some other governor’s wives do.
She wasn’t here for a hit and run, she stayed all through the hours of the work and working through with them.
I have transacted with few “first ladies”, I have met some at the airport and I wish I never met them.
What a First lady indeed, Changing the Narratives. That’s what it means to have a wife as described in Proverbs 31. *Like husband like wife.*
The Taraba State Government, has rejected 100 students (almajiris) of Islamic studies repatriated from Nasarawa State due to the flaunting of procedure, as agreed by the Northern Governors Forum (NGF).
Dr. Innocent Vakai, the Chairman of the Taraba COVID-19 Technical Committee, made this disclosure on Monday while briefing newsmen in Jalingo.
The northern governors forum resolved that repatriated almajiris must undergo tests to determine their COVID-19 status.
Also, the repatriated almajiris must be accompanied by officials from their state of repatriation and the results of their tests be presented to their state of origin.
Vakai, who is also the Commissioner for Health in the state, added that proper documentation must be made for the almajiris to be accepted in Taraba.
He said that the state had not started the repatriation of its own almajiris to their states of origin.
He said the state government was in collaboration with the northern governors forum to procure mobile testing kits, adding that such would enhance capacity to conduct tests on many people in the state.
Vakai announced that Mrs Talatu Idris, the COVID-19 positive patient, who had earlier escaped from the state isolation centre had been returned to the centre by the committee.
The commissioner, who did not disclose how the woman was found, said that no suspect was being quarantined at the moment.
He explained that, the 122 quarantined suspects in the state had earlier been discharged after the 14 days incubation period, warning that the lockdown measure in the state remained.
The commissioner called on the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious case of COVID-19 to the committee.
It caould be recalled that Mrs. Talatu Idris had earlier escaped from the state’s COVID-19 quarantine centre.
The Honourable Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education Taraba State, Hon. Johaness Jigem.
The Honourable Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education Taraba State, Hon. Johaness Jigem addressed the purported information going round informing principals/proprietors of both public and private schools that directives for the reopening of schools has been giving by the ministry
The Commissioner said the ministry did not give such directives and does not intend to do so.
He called those spreading the false news as enemies of the state and urged them to desist from such act.
“It has come to the notice of the Ministry for Basic and Secondary Education Taraba State that some group of persons are going round informing principals/proprietors of both public and private schools that directives for the reopening of schools has been giving by the ministry.
“We want to quickly correct this false information which is capable of misleading the entire state and causing harm to the populace.
“The ministry did not give such directives and does not intend to do so.
“Those making rounds with this false news are no doubt enemies of the state and should as a matter of fact disist from such a act.
“The ministry wants to warn in strong terms that no school is permitted to re-open without the expressed permission of the government and any school be it private or public that re-opens by tomorrow Monday 4th May 2020 will be sanctioned accordingly and the principle/proprietor arrested and quarantine for bridging the executive orders giving by the state government to stay at home.
The Commissioner said that security operatives have been duly briefed to go round and arrest anyone found around the premises of any school.
Honourable Jigem call on all principals and proprietors to adhered to this stricked warning and allow the gates of all Schools close for the safety and benefit of all untill further notice and urged students to be more patience as they stay peacefully at home while we all wait for the end of this global threat.