Taraba State Governor Arch. Darius Dickson Ishaku has solicited for cooperation and better working synergy with Federal Character Commission.
The Governor made the plea today in Government House Jalingo when the Federal Commissioner in the Federal Character Commission representing Taraba State paid him a courtesy call.
The governor was represented by the Chief of Staff Government House Hon. Rebo Usman said his visit to the Governor is to intimate him on the workings of the Federal Character Commission. According to him, it is a welcome development and a demonstration of love and support to the present administration as well as the people of the State.
The Chief of Staff told the Federal Character Commissioner that the interest of the state and its people should be uppermost hence the collective will to see that Taraba takes its rightful place in the scheme of things in the country.
Rebo Usman used the opportunity to call on other Tarabans who are occupying other positions at the Federal level to also come and partner with the present administration in spite of political affiliations and work collectively for the progress and development of the State.
He also told the visiting Federal Commissioner that in a recent speech after his victory at the Supreme Court, Governor Ishaku Extended hands of fellowship to his closest political opponents to put behind their political divide and join hands with him to build a prosperous and virile society that would be beneficial to all Tarabans.
The Chief of Staff lamented that certain positions that are meant for Taraba indigenes are not being occupied for lack of proper communication,stressing that for Tarabans to adequately take up such positions there must be a collective zeal to struggle for adequate and equal representation.
Rebo Usman equally used the opportunity to inform the Commissioner that Taraba state has the largest stretch across the river Benue yet there is no single bridge across it.
He pointed out that Adamawa and Benue states that have shorter stretch have two bridges across each and beckoned on the Commissioner to put forward suggestion that would project and bring better things to the state.
Other areas highlighted by the Chief of Staff included the provision of infrastructure cutting across all spheres of the state such as rail lines, housing as well as educational development and solicited collaborative working relationship with his office so that Taraba can be well represented at all levels in the Federal setting.
Earlier in his speech, Mr. Julius Kaigama who is a Commissioner at the Federal Character Commission representing Taraba state said he was in the state to intimate the government on the workings of the Commission and need to work closely with the state government and to explore areas that the people of state will benefit maximally in terms of representation.
The Commissioner revealed that Taraba state is under-represented at the Federal level and it is important to work closely with the state Government with a view to filling those vacancies that are for Taraba indigenes.
He stated that he has already creates a data bank where suitable and qualified applications of Taraba indigenes are kept so that whenever such vacancies exist he will immediately fall back on the data bank to check for qualified candidates.
Mr. Julius maintained that his work in Abuja would only be effective if the collaboration between him and the state Government ensures that what belongs to Tarabans is rightly given to them.
He used the forum to solicit for support from the state government in the running of the state office for an effective synergy pointing out that at the moment the Jalingo office is under-funded and saying that the office in Jalingo is being run on a standby generator because the electricity bill was not paid which necessitated the cutting off of the power supply to the office.