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Gov. Ishaku Approves the Withdrawal of a Member of the Judicial Panel

Gov. Ishaku Approves the Withdrawal of a Member of the Judicial Panel

Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku has approved the withdrawal of Mr. Samuel C. Tari from the Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution for victims of Police brutality and other Security Agencies.

This was contained in a press release signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Iliya Bekyu Akweh.

It states that Samuel C. Tari was among other members of the Judicial Panel inaugurated on October 22nd 2020 in Jalingo by Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku to represent the youths on the panel.

It states that the Governor withdrew the membership of Samuel C. Tari in exercise of the powers conferred on him by section two of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry Law (cap 34), Laws of Taraba state 1997.

Rural/Urban Electrification Under Gov. Ishaku

Rural/Urban Electrification Under Gov. Ishaku

By Hassan Mijinyawa.

The philosophy of rural-urban electrification centers broadly on improvement of social and economic lives of the people generally across a given environment. This is to enable government to reorder society to stem rural-urban migration and to stabilize the polity generally. Moreover, it’s intended to spread evenly the population to checkmate social ills and to sanitize society. In this direction, the Ishaku administration has given its best and ensured that attention is focused on the programme from the outset based on its master blueprint, The Rescue Agenda.

When the administration came on board, the electricity supply in Taraba State was generally most dismal with mere 2 megawatts, too migre to propel and drive even the most rural economy. As a starting point, Governor Darius Ishaku personally visited and engaged a power supply company in Yola, Adamawa state, where on personal goodwill and financial commitment, power supply was increased for Taraba state to 18 megawatts, which greatly improved energy supply for the state, resulting in huge economic multiplier effects, especially for small and medium scale businesses. Ditto, the social life received a boost, making meaningful life impactful.

Following this step, he mounted a 100KVA transformer in Jalingo and supplied 300KVA each to TSBS, neighbouring Sunkani and Bakin Dutse as well as to Wukari and Rafin Kada to start electrification at two complimentary levels of rural and urban settings. In a similar fashion, Governor Ishaku supplied 26 numbers 60 KVA generators to Wukari, while Bakin Dutse and Ibi in Southern Taraba were hooked up to the National Grid. In addition, 7.5 MWA transformer was installed at Takum to service Wukari business district. Taking accelerated steps to enhance supplies to cover the state, he commissioned a hydro-electric power generation project at Kakara in Central senatorial zone, to support the Beverages Company at Mambilla Plateau that produces Highland Tea, as well as cater for other businesses in that zone that depend on and are enhanced by electricity.

This was crucial in the complementarities of other programmes like Skills Acquisition Training that covered trades such as tailoring, hairdressing, cosmetic production; computer operation, welding and soap making that require the use of electricity to optimize performance. In this respect, participants made up of women and youth drawn from the 16 local councils of the state showed zeal and commitment. This has remained a remarkable contribution by the Ishaku administration to put food on the table of those once unemployed and for their families to make them responsible members of society.

Inevitably, it should be noted that part of the contributions came from Barr Anna Ishaku, wife of the governor through her pet project, Hope Afresh Foundation. She ensured that in improving communities, her foundation remarkably gave support to the disadvantaged to provide and sustain hope for a better life on a permanent basis, not just a fly in the pan.
In the quest to continue to upgrade facilities, the Ishaku administration completed the 7.5KVA injection sub-station project in Donga, while the rural electrification at Yikwa in Zing local government area of North Senatorial zone is already being connected to the National Grid.

Meanwhile, the Gindin Dorowa Rural Electrification project abandoned by the previous administrations has been completed and waiting commissioning.

To ensure that Taraba state gets a better deal, Governor Ishaku has continued to mount pressure on the Federal Government to see to the actualization of the power component of multi-billion naira Kashimbila Dam in Takum local government area of the state. This is being done through constructive engagement for the substations to evacuate easily power from the dam through Takum and Wukari, and eventually through Mutum Biyu and other satellite towns and villages to Jalingo of which work is fast progressing.

Also, work on the second phase of the Tunga Dam at Kakara is nearing completion, which when commissioned would add 330kilowatts of power to the existing output which will enable more surrounding areas to benefit from the power produced by the dam.

Historically, never before has there been such a corroborative effort and synergy of this magnitude between the Taraba State and the federal governments. This is to ensure that the Mambilla Hydro Power Project takes off.

Therefore, when completed every village and town in Taraba will light up apart from the huge economic benefits to states in Nigeria and neighbouring countries. Through various presentations, a lot has been achieved and in every way, the rural communities are already benefitting especially for those that belong to the site of the project through employment and other menial services they provide on a regular basis.

It is believed that Governor Ishaku has followed up his work plan to make a total electrification of Taraba State a toast of the people to find both urban and rural living attractive and comfortable.

Mijinyawa is the Special Adviser to the Governor on Press Affairs.

Taraba Government Declares 32Hours Curfew On Jalingo

Taraba Government Declares 32Hours Curfew On Jalingo

Following certain bad happenings in the state and around the country, the government has decided to impose a curfew on Jalingo, the state capital to forestall further breakdown of law and order.

This was disclosed in a broadcast by the Deputy Governor, Engr. Haruna Manu on the 24th October 2020.

The government stated that the curfew will run from 11pm on Saturday 24th October, 2020 to 8am on Monday 26th October, 2020 as government will thereafter review the situation.

Part of his speech reads thus;

“At about 5pm in the evening of today, Saturday, the 24th day of October 2020, vandals forced their way into government warehouses and looted essential commodities meant for distribution as palliatives in the state.

“Similarly, troublemakers are continuing to lay siege on the streets of the state capital which informed government’s decision to impose the curfew to stop the situation from degenerating into mayhem.

“As a responsible government, this step has become necessary to protect lives and properties of our dear people.

“The security agencies have been directed to be extra vigilant and stop trouble makers from seizing the opportunity to cause further destructions.

“This, they must do within the confines of the law and by protecting the human rights of our people.

“Let me specifically appeal to our teeming youths to be law abiding so that their disposition can help government tame the hoodlums perpetuating this breach of public
peace.”

He calls on all law-abiding citizens to remain calm and not panic as their security is guaranteed.

Police Brutality: Gov. Ishaku Constitutes Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution for Victims

Police Brutality: Gov. Ishaku Constitutes Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution for Victims

Members of the constituted panel of inquiry

Members of the constituted judicial panel of inquiry.

The Executive Governor of Taraba state, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku has constituted a Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution for victims of Police Brutality and other security agencies.

The event which took place at the premises of Government House, Jalingo has Justice Christopher D. Awubra as the Chairman and the following as members of the panel;

  1. CSP Shawulu Kaboson – Member
  2. Dr. Joseph Gimba
  3. Barr. Aminu Adamu Sabo
  4. Karkaji Dan Adi
  5. Mr Samuel Taro
  6. Yakubu Garpha Usman
  7. Representative of Students union
  8. Representative of CAN
  9. Representative of Muslim Council
  10. Barr. Elihu Pheedami Eskenah State council is to serve as Help desk officer for complaints and petitions.

The Panel also has the following Terms of Reference:

  1. To examine the causes of persistent and rampant cases of Police brutality and killings in Taraba State and in Nigeria as a whole from the perspective of the institutional weaknesses of the Police, perception of the general public about role of the Police, and psychological disposition of the individual Police officer.
  2. To ascertain the extent of the intervention of the Judiciary (Courts) in reducing the frequent cases of Police brutality and killings in the State.
  3. To identify lapses in our legal system, if any, that aid Police brutality and killings in Taraba State and recommend appropriate amendments.
  4. To identify the Police officers and men of other Security Agencies involved in Police brutality and killings in Taraba State.
  5. To ascertain the total and actual number of victims of Police brutality and killings in the State.
  6. Make recommendations to the State Government on the modalities for the establishment of Victims Support Fund to enable the payment of monetary compensation to deserving Victims.
  7. Ascertain the amount of compensation payable to surviving Victims or their heirs in the case of persons who died as a result of Police brutality and killings.
  8. Make recommendations to the State Government on modalities for the establishment of the State-based Special Security Committee.
  9. Make recommendations to the State Government on modalities for the establishment of the State-based Human Rights Committee.
  10. Make recommendations to the State Government on the establishment of the Special Committee on the new Police Tactical Units and all other Security Agencies in the State.
  11. Make recommendations on how best Police formations and other Security Agencies in the State shall consistently protect human rights.
  12. Consider any other Matter that is incidental to these Terms of Reference and make further recommendations of measures that will assist government in tackling Police brutality and killings in future in the State and the country as a whole.

Over 14Billion Naira Lost to Crisis in Southern Taraba

Over 14Billion Naira Lost to Crisis in Southern Taraba

Chairman of the Seven-man Judicial Commission of Enquiry into the crisis between the Tiv and their Neighbours in Taraba State, Retired Justice Kummai Aka’as has described the damage done by the crisis as monumental.

Justice Aka’as (Rtd.) who was speaking at a ceremony in Jalingo on Tuesday October 20, 2020 when the report of the Commission of Enquiry was presented to Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku, said the damage done by crisis was worth more than 14billion Naira.

He appealed to all stakeholders to do whatever was necessary to stop the crisis.

He also emphasized the need for the quick demarcation of the boundary between Taraba and Benue states as a step towards achieving peace between the Tiv and their neighbours in Taraba State.

Justice Kummai said the report submitted was entirely based on the findings of members and that there was no attempt by the Governor or any other interests to influence the job of the commission.

Speaking after receiving the report, Governor Ishaku thanked members of the commission for finishing their assignment in record time.

He said the crisis between the Tiv and their Neighbours in Taraba has been on since 1991 and promised that his administration would do everything within its powers to resolve it.

He also joined in the call for the demarcation of the boundary between Taraba and Benue.

Governor Ishaku promised to act decisively on the report of Commission, assuring members that they would discover at the end that he did not bring them to waste their time.

Governor Ishaku emphasised the need for all persons resident in the state to be law abiding and to resist the temptation to be teleguided by outsiders to cause crisis.

– Story by BALA DAN ABU, Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Publicity.

Mambilla Hydro Power: Gov. Ishaku Flags Off Sensitization Program

Mambilla Hydro Power: Gov. Ishaku Flags Off Sensitization Program

Gov. Ishaku and the Minister for Power

Gov. Ishaku and the Minister for Power, Engr. Sale Mamman.

Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku has flagged off sensitization program for the Mambilla Hydro Electricity Power Project.

The ceremony which was designed to sensitized stakeholders and citizens of the State took place at the Shield Hotel Jalingo.

Speaking, Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku said People living on the site of the Mambilla Hydro Power Project needs sensitization to allay the fears and negative thoughts of the populace on the project.

The Governor emphasized that the Electricity project was designed to take advantage of the potentials offered by nature which will create jobs for youths, boost tourism and agriculture.

He thanked President Mohammadu Buhari for taking the bull by the horn to making sure that the project takes off.

Gov. Ishaku attending to the Press.

Gov. Ishaku attending to the Press.

Governor Darius Ishaku encouraged all stakeholders in the State to take advantage of the golden opportunity and avoid chaos during the program which include sensitization, land demarcation, enumeration, compensation, resettlement and others.

Commenting, Minister of Power Saleh Mamman revealed that the program marks the kick off of the program and called on stakeholders of the various Communities to galvanise their support for the implementation of the program.

Maman advised Tarabans to shun party differences for the sake of the project.
In his goodwill message, Chairman House Committee on Power,who was represented by the Member Representing Taraba North Shuaibu Isah Lau promised the resolve of legislators to legislate laws that would lead to the completion of the project.

Commenting, Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Power who was Represented by Sani Umar Bala maintained that the project when completed would boost electricity supply in the Northern part of the Country.

In his opening remarks,Commissioner of Power Badina Garba thanked Governor Darius Ishaku for creating the Ministry of Power and for appointing him as the Pioneer Commissioner.

He said the attention accorded the Ministry of Power has culminated to steady electricity in the State.

Badina disclosed that the sensitization program will start on twenty first of October and will last for two weeks starting from Gembu in Sardauna Local Government Area.

In an Overview of the Electricity Project, Chairman of the Project Delivery Committee Farouk Yabo Yusuf disclosed that over forty millions of Nigerians have no access to electricity.

He stated that the Mambilla Electricity Project when completed would boost the economy of the State including mining, irrigation and social activities.

High point of the program was the flag up of the Mambila Hydro Electric Power Project sensitization program by Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku.