Office of the Executive Governor – Taraba State

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Executive Governor Taraba State

His Excellency, Architect Darius Dickson Ishaku

His Excellency, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku was elected into office in 2015. Ishaku was previously the supervising minister for power, supervising minister for environment and the Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs before he resigned to contest in the 2015 Taraba State gubernatorial election.

He was born in Lupwe in present Ussa Local Government Area of Taraba State on 30th July, 1954 to the family of Mr. and Mrs. Naomi and Ishaku Istifanus.

Arc. Darius Ishaku began his educational pursuit at St. Bartholomew’s Primary School, Wusasa, Zaria from 1961 and obtained his First School Leaving Certificate in 1967. He thereafter proceeded to St. Paul’s College Kufena, Zaria for his secondary education where he graduated in 1972.

He further enrolled into the School of Basic Studies, Ahmadu Bello University -Zaria between 1972 to 1974 for advanced level education, and immediately gained admission to the same institution where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture in 1977 and a Master’s Degree (M.Sc) in Architecture in 1979, with distinction, (a rare feat in those days).

He did his National Youth Service Corps assignment with the Imo State Ministry of works from 1979 to 1980.

As a student at ABU Zaria between 1974 to 1979, he never forgot his roots as he ran back to do vocation jobs at the Gongola State Housing Corporation in Yola at every given opportunity.

By the time he completed his Master’s degree in architecture, he had travelled to many parts of the world to see different architectural landscapes in addition to well-planned and organized towns, cities and country-sides.

He appreciated this very much which propelled him to pursue a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning; being confident that with additional skills and qualification, he will be able to contribute to the new capital of Nigeria, Abuja.

In 1982, he was admitted as a Registered Member of the Nigeria Institute of Architects and became a Fellow of the Institute [FINA] in June 2001. He is also a member of the Nigeria Institute of Town Planning.

In 1980, he served as an Architect with Inter Design Partnership, then joined Bestarc International Association, where he rose to the position of a Director in 1983.

In the same year he registered his company, Excelare Partners, an architectural, planning and engineering firm where he acted as Managing Director. With several decades of architectural practice and experience along with an insatiable thirst for higher academic laurels, he began a PhD program in Architecture (In View) also at Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria in 2007. After 5 years, he completed his course work but is yet to submit his final dissertation due to demand on his time.

Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku along with eight [8] other alumni of the department of Architecture of the Ahmadu Bello University were later invited to reinstate the institution’s accreditation with Architects Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON). That singular call to duty restored the accreditation for the teaching of Architecture in ABU, Zaria.

Prominent among his architectural designs and project management are;

  1. Phase III General Land Use Master Plan of Abuja – FCT.
  2. South – East Regional Development Plan.
  3. 1000 Seat Lecture Theatre and the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, ABU, Zaria.
  4. Faculty of Distance Learning & Continuing Education, University of Abuja.
  5. 250 nos. Lecture Theatre and Medical Health Centre; Nassarawa State University, Keffi.
  6. National Space Research and Development Agency (NARSDA) Ministry of Science and Technology Housing Estate, Lagos.
  7. Market and Shopping Complex, Area 7, Garki, Abuja.
  8. The Central Post Office [Boat Design], Garki, Abuja.
  9. Coordination of Development of Phase III District [FCDA], Abuja.
  10. Ten(10) Storey Residential Apartment Block, Abuja.

In the area of Community Service, he has been passionate and committed in providing free services in design, consultancy and supervision of several projects which are beneficial to the welfare of the common man. Some of these projects include:

  1. Mitosath Clinic (River Blindness Clinic/hospital) Jos, Plateau State.
  2. Renovation of Hekan Catheral and Primary school Kaduna.
  3. Design and Supervision of church building in Gubuchi –Ikara, Kaduna State.
  4. Design and supervision of Hekan Church, Jalingo, Taraba State.
  5. Albarka Baptist church, Kaduna State.
  6. Jukun Bible Institute, Wukari, Taraba State.
  7. Christian Reformed Church of Christ in Nigeria Hospital, Takum, Taraba State.

Today, destiny has crowned this ever dynamic leader. Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku the Executive Governor of Taraba State and Captain of the Rescue Team.

1. The Governor’s office serves as the fulcrum upon which day to day administration of the state gyrates. It coordinates and supervises implementation of policies and programmes within the length and breadth of the state through relevant MDA’s and ministries that converge at the Executive Council Chamber with the Governor as President in Council and the Commissioners as members.

2. The Governor’s office ensures judicious utilization of resources and development efforts of local government councils through the Joint Account (JAC)/Bureau for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.

3. As Head of the Executive Arm, the Governor exercises some powers that directly affect both the legislative and judicial arms of government. He monitors periodic reports of the House of Assembly and appoints Chairman and Commissioners of the House of Assembly Service Commission. He convenes and dissolves the House of Assembly; the constitution confers on the governor, the veto on any bill of the state House of Assembly to ascent before it becomes law.

4. The Governor appoints the Chief Judge, Judges/ Khadis and other Judicial officers, based on recommendations of the Judicial Service Commission and the National Judicial Council as the case may require. He has the powers of the prerogative of mercy conferred on him by the constitution.

5. He is the Visitor to the Taraba State University serving as ex-officio Chancellor.

Departments in Taraba State Government House

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Office of the Chief of Staff – Taraba state Government House

The Office has Honourable Rebo Usman Ehwan as the current Chief of Staff.

Previous Chiefs of Staff that headed the Office are given in the table below;

Name Duration
Mallam Aminu Jika August 2014 – May 2015
Mr Garvey A. Yaweh January 2007 – August 2014
Honourable Danladi Tijos Baido June 2007 – December 2007
Mallam Aminu December 2003 – May 2007
Mr Pius B. Danba December 2000 – November 2003
Mr Joshua Kalla June 2000 – December 2000

Functions of the Office

The functions of the Office are given below;
1. Head of Government House Administration.
2. Chief of Operations.
3. Office Manager.
4. Chief Strategist.
5. Policy Adviser.
6. Gubernatorial Vica.
7. Guardian of the Palace.
8. Head Hunter.
9. Crisis Coordinator.
10. Personal confidant.
11. Any other responsibility as may be assigned by the Governor.

Chief of Staff – Government House

Permanent Secretary – Government House

Mr Chindo Audu

Cheif Protocol to the Governor

Mr Kabiru Marafa

Personal physician/Director Medical Service

Information not available at the moment.

Security – Chief Security Officer to the Governor

SP Dasat Iliya

 Chief Maintenance Officer 

Mr. Dangana Pantuvo

Chief Press Secretary to the Governor

Mr. Hassan Umar Mijinyawa, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Taraba State was born on 9th September 1966. He hails from Jalingo Local Government Area and is married.

Educational Qualifications

The Chief Press Secretary began his educational career at Luggere (St. Theresa) Primary School, Jimeta-Yola, Adamawa State from 1970-1980 where he obtained his First School Leaving Certificate and thereafter proceeded to Sakato (Villanova) Government Secondary School, Numan, Adamawa State from 1980-1985 where he obtained his General Certificate of Education.

He further attended  London School of Public Relations in 2013 for his Specialized Graduate Diploma in Public Relations, Times Journalism Institute, Lagos in 2010 where he bagged Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism in 2011 and Advanced Diploma in Journalism from the same institution between 2009-2010.   He also studied at Kaduna Polytechnic, Kaduna between 1990-1991 where he obtained an Intermediate Certificate in Mass Communication

Professional Achievements

In the course of his career, Mr Mijinyawa was one time   Pioneer Zonal Correspondent of the Gongola Press Limited, Publishers of the Weekly Scope Newspaper in-charge of Wukari and Takum Local Government Areas, then encompassing the present Ibi, Donga and Ussa Local Governments as Development Areas from 1988 to 1990. He set up the administrative and reportorial set up of the company.

He has been the  longest serving Chief Press Secretary to the Governor in Taraba State. He has been appointed to the position three consecutive times in 2008, 2011 and 2015.

He also supervised the establishment of the Nigeria Sunrise Newspaper from proposal stage to its final take-off and served as Member of the pioneer management team of the Newspaper.

He also introduced and published the first compendium of achievements and potentials of all the Local Government Areas in Taraba State including Yangtu Development Area titled, ‘Rural Development in Action in 2009.

He introduced and published the first comprehensive information guide on Taraba State in 2010.

He also reorganised the Government House Press Department for more effectiveness by grouping the department’s operations into recognisable units as; Broadcast, Print Media, Communications and General Media Assignments.

He introduced High Definition Cameras and established the first video studio (editing suite) at the Government House, Jalingo in line with global best media practices. Hitherto, Jingles and Documentaries were contracted outside.

He also introduced Digital Library of pictures and video clips of all activities of the Executive Governors. Prior to this initiative past pictures and video clips were scoured for  outside the Government House.

He once served as Chairman, Technical committee on Digitization of Broadcast Stations in Taraba State, appointed by the then Executive Governor, Danbaba Suntai in 2012. The committee toured different media houses in the country, interfaced with the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) and the Broadcasting Organization of Nigeria (BON) with a comprehensive report made in line with stipulations/dateline of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

He has been Editor-in-Chief, Government House Journal for the past eight years and introduced better ways of packaging with the illuminating column as well as  introduced scorecard for ministries to scrutinise them for more productivity.

Other Achievements/Awards/Honours

(i) He is a  Member, Chartered Institute of Public Relations, London.

(ii) Member, Nigerian Institute of Public Relations.

(iii) Associate Member, Chartered Management Institute of the United Kingdom.

(iv) Member, the Nigerian Union of Journalists.

(v) Recipient of Certificate of Attendance for Training of Government Spokespersons by the United States Government in conjunction with the Nigerian Union of Journalists.

Workshops Attended

(i) Training Workshop for Government Spokespersons by the United States Embassy  in conjunction with the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Kaduna, Nigeria, 2015.

(ii) Press Office Management & Fundamental Strategy of Generating Press Coverage with Online Media, Lagos, Nigeria, 2008.

(iii) Induction Training & Re-orientation Workshop into Core Public Relations skills, Lagos, Nigeria, 2008.

(iv) Politics under Military Rule, Kaduna, Nigeria, 1991.

(v) Journalism: The Fourth Estate of the Realm, Kingsley Rucker Theatre, Kaduna, Nigeria, 1991.

Political Appointments

He has been the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor from 2008 till date.


(i) Expedition through Life – An Autobiography

(ii) Taraba State: Information Guide – Handbook

(iii) Rural Development in Action – Narrative Guide

(iv) Media Management in A Rural State – Academic

(v) The Rescue Train – Periodicals

(vi) Over 100 Articles in Journals.

He enjoys Travelling and Sports.