His Excellency, Arc Darius Dickson Ishaku, Executive Governor of Taraba State has received with shock news of the dastardly murder of Emmanuel Bileya, a Pastor of the CRC-N Church, Mararaba, Donga LGA, and his wife, Juliana.
Both of them were reportedly attacked by militia men and killed while working on their farm in Mararaba.
Gov. Ishaku condemned the killings as wicked and inhuman. He said killings of this nature have happened too often recently in Southern Taraba communities and described this situation as unhelpful to the on-going efforts of the government to achieve lasting peace among communities in the area.
He expressed sympathy with the surviving members of Pastor Bileya’s immediate and extended families as well as pastors and members of CRC-N in Mararaba where he served until his death.
He prayed for the repose of the souls of the victims.
BALA DAN ABU
Special Adviser to the Governor
(Media and Publicity)
The Executive Governor, Arch. Darius Dickson Ishaku has approved the appointment of Dr. Danjuma Garba as the new Director-General of the Taraba state AIDS Control Agency (TACA).
This was contained in a Press Release signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Hassan Mijinyawa and dated 20/02/2020.
Dr. Danjuma Garba who is a fellow of the West African College of Physicians, holds an MBBS Degree from the University of Maiduguri and a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Leeds, London.
He has worked with World Bank – Financial Projects for over fifteen (15) years and was the Project Manager of the Taraba state HIV/AIDS Programme Development Project II as well as the Director HIV/AIDS treatment, care and support of TACA.
Dr. Garba possesses wealth of experience in implementing healthcare projects in Nigeria and was the pioneer State Coordinator of the Nigeria State Health Investment Project (NSHIP) and was also the northeast coordinator of Nigeria AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAILS), supported by Maryland Global Initiative Cooperation and the University of Maryland, Baltimore, United States.
According to the Press Release, his appointment is with immediate effect from the 6th of February 2020.
The Taraba State deputy governor, Engr. Haruna Manu has noted with dismay the smear campaign being orchestrated, especially in the social media by some mischievous persons that Governor Darius Ishaku should handover to him as acting governor.
This was disclosed in a Press Statement signed by the Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor, Lawal Sani Kona.
According to the PS, Deputy Governor Manu has dissociated himself from such agitators and condemned their actions in the strongest possible terms.
The Statement noted that Engr. Manu was nominated by Governor Darius Ishaku to serve as his deputy governor in 2015 of which he served with all sense of humility and loyalty.
“Governor Ishaku also in his own generosity of spirit deemed it convenient to carry Engr. Manu along into the second term in 2019.”
“It is therefore, reasonably clear to all that deputy governor Manu enjoys the confidence of his boss and has followed through as a loyal subordinate which many adversaries of the administration are not happy with.”
“The unwarranted call by these mischief-makers is no doubt a ploy to cause disaffection within the administration in order to score cheap political goal. Their plans to instigate mistrust within the polity will definitely fail.”
“His Excellency, Governor Darius Ishaku has been discharging the responsibilities of his office creditably well.”
“Just yesterday, he hosted the inaugural sensitization meeting of the Mambilla hydroelectric power project and was also recently at the World Bank regional office where he sought the Bank’s assistance in the areas of development projects and programmes for Taraba State.”
“The strides recorded by the Ishaku administration are enormous.”
“These appreciable developments of various types across different sectors in the state are dividends of democracy that Tarabans will continue to enjoy under the rescue mission of Governor Darius Ishaku.”
“Rabble-rousers must therefore desist from attempting to distract the leadership or inflame the emotions of the good people of Taraba state.”
Taraba State Governor, His Excellency Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku has sued for peace among residents of Kwararafa village, in Gassol Local Government Area of the state, following an outbreak of crisis among the residents during the weekend.
Gov. Ishaku is unhappy with frequent resort to violence by people who have lived together for decades as good neighbours and noted that this is never the right solution for disagreements among people and communities.
He said whatever the issues that may be involved and whatever the depth of the feelings and sentiments that those issues generate, dialogue remains the best approach for achieving peaceful resolution.
He is unhappy and deeply concerned about the turn of events in Kwararafa and has directed security agencies to intervene to restore peace quickly.
The Governor advised residents of Kwararafa village to cooperate with security agencies deployed to the area to facilitate the quick return of nomalcy to the village.
BALA DAN ABU
Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity
His Excellency, Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku today approved the appointment of a new Head of Service for Taraba State.
She is Suzy Jemimah Nathan, Mni from Kurmi Local Government Area.
Governor Ishaku also approved the appointments of 12 new Permanent Secretaries in the Taraba State Civil Service. The appointees and their Local Governments of origin are:-
1. Samuel Lauya – Ardo-Kola
2. Isiyaka Evi Bashi – Donga
3. Engr. Danladi Ushiki Adamu – Donga
4. Lawan Garba – Gassol
5. Taki Zaku Badun- Ibi
6. Sunday Maiyaki Tanko – Karim Lamido
7. Henry Lackman Aleng – Sardauna
8. Janet Shamaki – Ussa
9. Umar Moh’d Abdul – Wukari
10. Dr. Koku Ebenezer Apake – Wukari
11. Daniel Atenji – Yangtu Devt Area
12. Kabiru Dahiru Marafa – Jalingo
Governor Ishaku congratulates the new appointees and expects them to bring their wealth of experience to bear on his new vision of a virile civil service for the state.
Hassan Mijinyawa, MCIPR
Chief Press Secretary to the Executive Governor
It is unfortunate that a normal disciplinary action taken against a recalcitrant student of the Taraba State University is generating unnecessary controversy on social media.
Our information is that one Joseph Israel, a student of Taraba State University had his admission cancelled for refusing to complete admission formalities as required by the laws of the university.
Rather than seek to confirm from the University if the student obeyed the University’s rules on admission or not, we have only seen an attempt to turn the disobedient student into a hero by dragging His Excellency, the Governor of Taraba State, Arc. Darius Ishaku into an issue which, obviously, has nothing to do with him.
We reject such dubious and fraudulent attempt to seek relevance and sympathy.
I wish to state for the records, that Governor Ishaku is not aware that Joseph Israel has been a critic of his administration.
Secondly, the Governor is not against being criticized by his subjects because he sees criticism as a tonic for good governance if done in good faith. Therefore, he would not, and did not, ask for the expulsion of Joseph Israel or any student for that matter, for criticizing his administration.
Governor Ishaku, therefore, has nothing to do with the expulsion of Joseph Israel and would not want his name dragged into a matter as insignificant as the misdemeanor of 100 level student.
The Governor is too busy to pay attention to what a 100 level student is doing with his phone on the internet.
Bala Dan Abu
Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity.