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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.

Gov. Ishaku Receives UN Delegation; Pleads For Help To Tackle Refugee Problem

Gov. Ishaku Receives UN Delegation; Pleads For Help To Tackle Refugee Problem

UN Delegation

Gov. Ishaku receives United Nations delegation led by its Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr. Edward Kallon.

Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku has pleaded with International Donor Agencies to assist Taraba State in tackling its refugee problems.

Governor Ishaku made the plea during an interactive session with the United Nations delegation led by its Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr. Edward Kallon.

Ishaku informed the group that because Taraba State shares border with Cameroun, the crisis in Cameroun had forced a refugee population of over 15,000 on Taraba State.

The refugee problem, he said, has complicated the burden being borne by the state arising from Internally Displaced Persons, a fallout of the Boko Haram Insurgency in the North-Eastern part of the country.

Governor Ishaku also requested other agencies of the UN to assist the state in the area of housing and shelter, a problem which a rapidly growing population has created.

He said the state was doing its utmost best to resettle and rehabilitate those that were displaced by crisis in Southern Taraba, particularly in Chonku and Asa, adding that security was also being beefed up in those areas to encourage those who fled as a result of the crisis to return.

UN Delegation visits Taraba stateHe listed tourism, agriculture and security as critical areas where the state would need the assistance of the UN agencies.

Ishaku also used the opportunity to brief the UN officials on the achievements of his administration, noting that women and youth empowerment has been a critical area of focus for the administration and that thousands of people have benefitted from the programme.

In a paper presented during the session, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr. Edward Kallon said a UNDP-UNWOMEN-FAO inter-agency project supported by the UN Peace Building Fund was already going on in Taraba, Benue and Nasarawa states, stressing that it is in support of a harmonious and peaceful relationship between farmers and herders.

He said the intervention would promote dialogue and proactive engagement for the mutual economic benefit of the two groups.

He said the UN would also support the Taraba State government to minimize post-harvest losses through public-private partnerships and investments.

Kallon also used the occasion to remind state governments in Nigeria that COVID-19 would remain a major health challenge until the vaccine was found and urged them to take responsibility and lead by example that would help in containing the virus.

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

Gov. Ishaku Flags Off Construction of 5 Million Litre Water Reservoir to Boost Water Supply in Jalingo

Gov. Ishaku Flags Off Construction of 5 Million Litre Water Reservoir to Boost Water Supply in Jalingo

Flag Off

Governor Ishaku and his Deputy, Engr. Haruna Manu arrives the venue of the Flag Off ceremony.

Efforts by the Taraba State government under the leadership of Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku to provide uninterrupted water supply to Jalingo, the state capital and its environs received a boost on Thursday with the ground breaking for the construction of a five million litre water storage facility.

The facility is part of the gigantic Jalingo Primary Water Scheme which is designed to meet the needs of the capital city for water for the next 35 years.

Speaking at the ground breaking ceremony, Gov Ishaku described the construction of the reservoir as a landmark project which will aggressively address the water problem in the state.

The site of the reservoir will be developed to be an attractive tourist centre with a VIP and general restaurant.

His Excellency, Governor Ishaku at the Flag Off ceremony.

Ishaku said water treatment materials have been purchased in large quantities to ensure regular supply of water.

He said the supply of water is also being commercialised, will be regular and wastage would be drastically curtailed.

He said even with the commercialisation, the needs of the poor would be addressed.

He urged the Water Supply Agency to ensure that every home is serviced and advised those being serviced to endeavour to pay their water bills.

Speaking earlier, Barr. Yusufu Akirikwen, Commissioner for Water Resources, said the construction of the reservoir and other related works would mark the last stage towards the completion of the Jalingo Primary Water Supply Scheme.

The Commissioner said the state government has been sufficiently assured by the contractors of the delivery of high quality job.

He pleaded with the people of Taraba State to support the efforts of Government to solve the problem of water supply by owning the facility and protecting it.

Also speaking at the ceremony, Engr. Musa Buba Siam, Managing Director of the Taraba State Water Supply Agency described the approach of Governor Ishaku towards solving the water problem in the state as the most pragmatic since the creation of the state.

He said the Jalingo Primary Water Scheme would increase supply of water in Jalingo from 8 million litres to 28 million litres per day.

The ceremony was performed by Governor Ishaku on Mount Jalingo.

– Story by Bala Dan Abu, Special Adviser to the Governor (Media and Publicity)

The site of the reservoire will be developed to be an attractive tourist centre with a VIP and general restaurant.

Tiv Leaders Visit Gov. Ishaku; Promise to Work for Peace

Tiv Leaders Visit Gov. Ishaku; Promise to Work for Peace

The Tiv in Taraba state have pledged to join Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku in finding a permanent solution to the crisis between them and their neighbours in the southern parts of the state.

The new President of the Tiv Cultural Association, Mr. Joshua Ayagwa made the pledge in Jalingo when he led the new executive members of the association on a thank you visit to Governor Ishaku in Government House.

Ayagwa thanked Governor Ishaku for all he has been doing to make the Tiv in Taraba feel at home and apologized for the poor attitude and behaviour of some of their members in the past.

He promised a change approach under his leadership and urged Ishaku to forgive their erring members.

Ayagwa thanked Ishaku for his efforts in rehabilitating people displaced by the crisis and promised the support of his group for the committee the Governor had set up to actualize the programme.

Responding, Governor Ishaku assured the Tiv in Taraba State of the determination of his administration to find a permanent solution to the crisis between them and their neighbours in Southern parts of the state.

Governor Ishaku told the group that there was nothing to be gained from persistent fighting and killings between the Tiv and the other tribal groups in the area.

He blamed the fighting on those he described as merchants of chaos and advised them not to listen to such people. 

“They will encourage you to fight and even provide the incentives for you to continue but I want to assure you that there’s nothing to gain from this fighting.”

He said the solution to the crisis is within the state and urged the people to join him in looking inwards for this solution.

He described Taraba state as a mini Nigeria with many ethnic groups living together and noted that Taraba is also home for the Tiv. 

He urged them to take Taraba State as their home and not as a place of residence. 

“I want you to regard Taraba as home and to show a determination to live in Taraba State peacefully and forever. Together we can find the solution to all our problems from within.”

Ishaku congratulated the Tiv in Taraba State for conducting a peaceful convention that produced the new leadership and urged them to endeavour to keep the Tor Tiv abreast of the progress they were making in Taraba state. 

He said it was better for them to seek advice from the Tor Tiv than do so from politicians who will mislead them by encouraging them to continue fighting.

Ishaku also assured them that all the people displaced by the crisis would be rehabilitated and noted that the process of doing so has already started.

Also speaking, Hon. Bridget Twar, Commissioner for Social Development said the group came on behalf of all Tiv in Taraba state to thank the Governor for supporting and encouraging the Tiv in the state.

Story by Bala Dan Abu, Special Adviser to the Governor. (Media and Publicity)

Taraba Polytechnic: Gov. Ishaku Receives Panel’s Report

Taraba Polytechnic: Gov. Ishaku Receives Panel’s Report

Panel's Report

Gov. Ishaku Receiving the Panel’s Report regarding the state of the Taraba Polytechnic.

Governor Ishaku has received the report of the visitation panel on the Taraba State Polytechnic.

The institution which is 26 years old was bedeviled with numerous problems which came to the attention of Governor Ishaku.

He said Polytechnic education is vital in the development of manpower that could help promote infrastructural development of the country and noted that his administration would ensure that the institution is put on its proper footing so that it can produce the manpower necessary for the rapid development of the state.

Ishaku said the report of the panel would be studied very quickly in order for government to take quick steps to put the institution on its proper footing.

Chairman of the panel, Professor Nicholas Oliver Namessen told the governor that the institution was facing series of problems, including non-accreditation of courses, poor staffing and disregard for qualification and experience in the appointment of officers of the institution.

By Bala Dan Abu,
Special Adviser to the Governor.
(Media and Publicity)

“Most Crises in the State are Products of External Influence” – Gov. Ishaku

“Most Crises in the State are Products of External Influence” – Gov. Ishaku

Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku has said that most of the crises that Taraba State has witnessed in recent times are products of external influence.

Committee for Displaced Persons

Committee set up to Settle Displaced Persons.

Governor Ishaku who was speaking at a ceremony for the inauguration of a committee for the resettlement of displaced persons in Chunku and Asa chiefdoms in Wukari Local Government Council Area warned all groups of people living in Taraba State not to allow unhealthy contacts with outsiders whose mission is to cause crisis among them.

He advised all groups in the state to be law-abiding and to avoid conflicts that could further destabilize peace in the state.

The committee which Governor Ishaku inaugurated is to help government in facilitating the resettlement of those who fled the two communities whose members are mainly farmers. It has Edward Adi Bauka, as its Chairman.

Governor Ishaku said the crisis had considerably destabilized farming in the communities and advised the committee to ensure speedy completion of their assignment to enable the returnees to the communities return to the farms soonest.

Committee for Displaced Persons PersonsHe said seedlings of assorted crops have already been procured to be given free to the returnees and urged them to take advantage of governments gesture to settle down fast.

The returnees are also to be assisted by government to rebuild their damaged houses.

Members of the committee includes;
1. Mr Edward Aji Bauka – Chairman
2. Tanko Adi kumbo – Vice Chairman
3. Hon Adi grace Chair Wukari – Member
4. Chief of chunku – Member
5. Chief of Asa – Member
6. Mrs Loise Emmanuel – Member
7. Nafinji Aboki – Member
8. Stephen Samson Tor Musa – Member
9. DCP Fumpan Joseph – Member
10. DSS Representative Balogun – Member
11. Maj. Jude (Commanding officer Takum) – Member
12. Alh. Ismaili Mohammad – Member
13. Rev. Bulus Gani – Member
14. Magaji Abu – Member
15. Habila Ada – Member
16. Barr. Luka Agbu – Secretary

By Bala Dan Abu,
Special Adviser to the Governor,
(Media and Publicity).

Commerce: Wukari New Yam Market Declared Open

Commerce: Wukari New Yam Market Declared Open

The Honourable Commissioner, Dr. David Ishaya

The Honourable Commissioner of Agriculture, Dr. David Ishaya

The long awaited Wukari new yam market was declared opened on the 5th of October, 2020 amidst jubilation by market men and women in Wukari, including investors.

Declaring the market open, the Taraba state Commissioner of Agriculture, Dr. David Ishaya, who represented the Executive Governor of Taraba state, Arc Darius Dickson Ishaku, said the Governor has expressed readiness to support business activities in the yam market and also ensure that fertilisers are available to yam farmers in Wukari and the entire state at subsidized rate.

Speaking during the opening of the market, Dr. Ishaya enjoined yam sellers to support the administration of Governor Ishaku by adhering to market rules and ensure that they trade their businesses peacefully.

The market opening occasion witnessed rousing attendance of citizens of Wukari and beyond, as marketers expressed their gratitude to the government of Arc. Ishaku, who put in place security efforts to ensure that peace return to Southern Taraba and represented by Commissioner of Agric and Commissioner of Commerce.

Recalled that Governor Ishaku in his effort to accelerate the massive production of farm products, earlier in the year made available soft loans for soya beans farmers in the state.

This is to ensure the availability of cashcrop to enable agric business activities strive in the state.

The Governor has supported agric business activities in the state in different way, all in effort to keep the solvent with agric economy.

On his part, the Executive Chairman of Wukari local government area, Hon. Dr. Adi Daniel Adigrace, expressed satisfaction in the opening of the market.

He commended the peace and security efforts of the Governor of the state and promise to provide a standard borehole in the market to meet the water needs of market.

In the same vein, the President of the Jukun Youth, called on everyone to invest in the market irrespective of tribe, religion, noting that the market is a place for all regardless of ethnicity.

Why We Renamed Dananacha Town – Gov. Ishaku

Why We Renamed Dananacha Town – Gov. Ishaku

Gov. Ishaku receiving complement from one of the visiting Chiefs

Gov. Ishaku receiving complement from one of the visiting Chiefs.

By Bala Dan Abu.

Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku has described those opposed to the renaming of Dananacha town to Kwararafa were ignorant of the history of the Jukun people.

Governor Ishaku who spoke when a delegation of people from three newly created chiefdoms in the state including Kwararafa paid him a thank you visit, said Dananacha has no place in the history of the Jukun people.

He said the level of ignorance displayed by those opposed to the name change is the reason he is unhappy with the decision to drop history subject from the nation’s school curriculum.

He explained that the present day Kwararafa was the seat of the Kwararafa empire before it was moved to Wukari and noted that it will a great injustice to allow those not familiar with the history of the town to give it a name has no relationship with.

Chiefs visits Gov. Ishaku

Governor Ishaku said Dananacha is the name of a particular type of yam seedlings brought to Kwararafa from Onitcha and wondered how that could become the name of a town.

He thanked the delegations from the three chiefdoms for coming to thank him and urged them to work for peace always.ome the name of a town that had played a significant role in the history of the Jukun people.

He assured them of his determination to ensure rapid development of the state but noted that such determination could be impaired by crisis.

The three chiefdoms represented at the event are Kwararafa, Bika and Sansani.