The Taraba State Commissioner of Information and Reorientation, Barr. Anthony Danburam has revealed that the present government has committed about 2 billion naira on the digitization of the two state broadcast media,the Taraba Television, TTV and the Taraba State Broadcasting Service, TSBS.
He made this known in an exclusive interview with our reporter in jalingo while bearing his mind on the performance of the Governor Darius Ishaku’s administration in the past one year.
The Commissioner stated that there were high expectations from the People when the present administration came on board which was due to the ugly past. He added that the Darius Ishaku’s administration has restored confidence and united the people which was why there is relative peace in the state now for some time. ‘He brought the gospel of reconciliation and the people keyed into it’, he stated .
When completed, he said the stations would be used as tools to carry out the reorientation, revealing that the digitization of the two state broadcast organizations, was about 90 percent.
On enlightenment of Tarabans towards shunning ethnicity and religious sentiments which indeed were responsible for the backwardness of the state, the Commissioner also stated that by this time next year,the state would have been covered by the two stations to help achieve the desired unity.
He therefore used the opportunity to warn those who are in the habit of causing trouble in the state to desist from doing so because the government would not tolerate that. ‘We have discovered people who are not Tarabans but who want to tear us apart. We know them and if they don’t stop,we would get them’,he warned.
Meanwhile on his own part,the Taraba state Commissioner of Health, Dr. Innocent Vakkai, stated that the present government has performed well in the area of health care delivery in the one year of its existence.
The Commissioner disclosed that the government ensured that the school of Nursing and Midwifery was accredited which made it possible for the admission of students as admissions could not take place for the past ten years due non accreditation.
He added that the state was able to pay its counterpart fund for the control of diseases like lassa fever and leprosy among others.
He said waiver was given to retiring nurses for additional three years, so that by the time the period elapses, students of the school would have graduated to take over.
Wife of Taraba State Governor has hosted Children from various Schools to mark the Children’s Day Celebration which started at the Jolly Nyame Stadium, Jalingo.
Speaking during the event which was held at the Hope Afresh Foundation Multipurpose Hall, Jalingo, the Wife of the Governor who was visibly elated by the programme stated that, they have always been educated by adults but today was a day to listen to children educate them on the need for peaceful coexistence.
According to her, the children have demonstrated through their presentations that they are tired of pain, sorrow and chaos as most of the adults seated never experienced such turbulence while growing up and it is unfair to make the children pass through such trauma.
She expressed hope that the present generation will pass on a more secured baton to the upcoming generation, stressing that the children seem ready to take over power from them as they seem to have failed them.
She called on the children to study hard in school and excel, so that when the time comes for them to take over leadership, they will be prepared for it.
Earlier in her welcome address, the administrative secretary to the wife of the Governor, Barr. Nunrimam Dashe welcomed the guests and urged them to relax and enjoy themselves as they were in safe hands.
She said the programme was put together by their mother and grandmother, the wife of Governor, therefore they will leave the place happier than they came in.
In their separate responses, Bright Ekpenyong and Aisha Yusuf from Grace Junior Academy and Al-Baz Academy respectively expressed delight over the occasion, saying it was interesting and had created a platform for them to learn more on peace initiatives as well as interact with others.
They appreciated the Governor’s wife for the wonderful time created for them, adding that they have learnt that living in peace and unity is the only way forward for the State.
The Programme Manager of the Hope Afresh Foundation, Mrs. Helen Douglas appreciated Barr. Anna Ishaku for putting smiles on the faces of the children as well as thanked the teachers for their efforts in the lives of the children.
Highlights of the event include, presentation of playlets, songs, papers, discussion and dance with her Excellency.
As the present administration in the state clocks one year in office on the 29th May 2016, some of the ministries have enumerated the level of infrastructural development achieved by the Governor Darius administration within this short period.
Taravoices correspondent visited the Ministry Of Works and Transport and Ministry of Health respectively.
There is no doubt that the number of roads constructed in the state capital within this one year has placed the Darius Dickson’s regime ahead of previous administrations.
The Magami road, palace way, kona road, Bali-Serti and some other roads in the metropolis were constructed under the rescue mantra of the state Governor, Darius Dickson Ishaku. This was disclosed by the commissioner of Works and Transport, Doctor Tafarki Agbadu Eneme, in his office in Jalingo.
He said the street lights along Donga road and Danbaba street areas were fixed by the present administration, saying more areas are on the list for the provision of the street lights.
The Commissioner stressed that a revenue of fifteen million naira has been generated with the commencement of operations at the Airport in Jalingo, pointing out that going to Abuja from Jalingo is no longer stressful.
He also said the provision of drainage is one of the measures taken by the government through the leadership of Architect Darius Ishaku to help control flood in the state, revealing that drainages have been constructed in Takum, Kona area, ministry of works area and some places within the metropolis.
He disclosed that some roads will soon be commissioned in the state capital, emphasizing that Donga-Mararaba and Abong roads are next on the list of projects to be constructed.
Also, taravoices correspondent visited the state ministry of Health where the Commissioner, Doctor Innocent Vakkai scored the administration high in the development of the health sector.
Doctor Innocent said the priority given by Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku is worthy of commendation, saying within one year in office, the College of Nursing and Midwifery has achieved a lot in the areas of construction and employment of staff.
He said the ministry under the leadership of the Governor was able to tackle the outbreak of Lassa fever in the state.
Both Commissioners unanimously urged the citizens to give their maximum cooperation to help the government actualise the rescue agenda in the state.
Taraba state Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku on Friday Commissioned two township roads within Jalingo metropolis in continuation of activities marking his one year in office as the captain of the rescue agenda.
Road commissioning The two township roads Commissioned by the Governor were the Jolly Nyame Way, a single carriage way terminating at the Specialist Hospital of about 2.4 kilometers and the palace way, a dual carriageway starting from the state Ministry of works roundabout and connecting Karofi roundabout at the total cost of one billion, five hundred and eighty three million, three hundred and sixty thousand, two hundred and fifty-seven point fifty Kobo (1,583,360,257.50).
While cutting the tape, Darius Ishaku gave God gratitude for giving him the grace to fulfil his campaign promises and reiterated his administration’s determination to do more if peace is maintained and sustained in the state.
He further said his administration will install Street lights on the dual carriage way and commended both the state Ministry of Works and Transport and PW construction company for working hard to ensure that the projects were carried out according to specification.
Speaking before the commissioning, the Commissioner of Works and Transport, Dr. Tafarki Agbadu Eneme said the two projects were inherited from the immediate past administration and both were at about 35 percent completion levels.
Dr. Agbadu explained that the reconstruction of the two projects were awarded to PW Construction Company Nigeria Limited in January of 2015, with reinforced concrete side drainages for the palace way and reinforced blockwork side drains for the Jolly Nyame Way.
He also informed the Governor that PW Construction Company has promised to maintained the two roads for the next twelve months.
Similarly, Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku inspected the reconstruction of Magami road, starting from the Izala Mosques roundabout and connecting to Hammaruwa dual carriageway which is being handled by WE Construction Company Nigeria Limited as well as the Greenhouse project which is being handled by UNIDO, an Israeli company that specialises in the production of vegetables.
Governor Darius Ishaku also inspected the construction of studios and the digitisation process going on in the two state broadcast stations, the Taraba Television Corporation TTV, and the Taraba State Broadcasting Service TSBS.
While at TTV, the Governor inspected the new studio which is almost completed and the new digital transmitter which the installation has reach appreciable stage.
However, Governor Ishaku could not hide his displeasure with the standard of the studio, but said effort will made to correct some of the deficiencies noticed, reiterating that he intends to give the station a state-of the-art studio that suits modern Television Broadcasting.
During the inspection visit, Governor Darius Ishaku, the Deputy Governor, Engr. Haruna Manu and the Speaker Taraba state House of Assembly, Hon. Peter Abel Diah were hosted on a live Television programme.
The Governor and the entire entourage were conducted round the facility by the Acting General Manager, Bryson Ahmed Ben.
Jolly Nyame Way At TSBS, the Governor was conducted round the the station’s studio by the Acting General Manager, Andeyarka Theophilus who told the Governor that the station is Broadcasting using analogue signal transmitter which are now obsolete and that the station uses outside broadcast Van, OB Van for its daily transmission.
Andeyarka Theophilus appealed to the Governor to speed up the digitisation process to ease the pressure of getting a damaged part in the country which are rarely available.
Responding, Arc. Darius Ishaku assured the Acting General Manager that he will prevail on Pinnacle to hasten up the supply of the TSBS digital transmitter immediately they are through with Taraba Television.
Taraba state Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson today laid a foundation of Jalingo primary water supply scheme at Dadinkowa – Sabongari, Jalingo as part of activities marking his one year in office.
The governor who described today’s event as a memorable one stated that the project is meant to improve water supply in Jalingo, and that theproject is expected to gulp about 5.8 million Naira.
He maintained that water is of highest priority in his administration. This informed his decision to upscale the water intervention of the African Development Bank, which was supposed to have been started since 2008 but could not commence until 2012.
The Governor stressed that because of the peaceful atmosphere that exists in Taraba state, there was an influx of people to the state due to the activities of Boko Haram (insurgency), which became prevalent in some parts of the North Eastern States and it is important for the state government to improve on the existing water supply in the state.
Accordingly, Governor Darius Ishaku disclosed that when the project is completed it will be able to supply the state capital and it’s environs with about 26 million litres of water per day.
He also explained that the project includes the construction of infiltration gallery and pumping station on River Lamurde at Saminaka, transmission lines of 3.4 kilometer to deliver water to the reservoirs on Jalingo hill.
Also included in the construction works, are water treatment facilities, construction of additional pipelines covering over 150 kilometers within Jalingo and environs and the erection of additional state-of the-art water tower on Jalingo hill.
Darius Ishaku commended the State Ministry of water resources for its commitment and determination in identifying a reputable construction company, SCC Nigeria Limited, as well as keying into the state Government vision of providing portable drinking water to the people of the state by working relentlessly to see to the commencement of this giangantic project. He assured the Ministry of his continuous support to its logical conclusion.
He also informed the gathering that about 29 towns and villages have so far benefited from water supply in their areas cutting across about 15 local government councils in the state through consistent release of funds to the state water supply agency for repair and maintenance to enhance regular water supply.
Also achieved within this one year included the repairs of broken down water plants, supply of equipment in all water stations on assumption of office, visit to the country Director of AFDB for collaboration and partnership towards meeting the state developmental stride, payment of counterpart fund to JICA drilling rig which have been lying dormant for over two years, the drilling of 100 boreholes in communities across the state, purchase of high-class modern laboratory equipment for water quality control.
- Equally, within this period water treatment chemicals has been used to ensure good quality water that is safe for the people.
- 500 water pumps to boost and support irrigation and dry season farming most especially in the area of rice farming will also been purchased.
- Two boreholes to supply water to the green house at college of agriculture covering a distance of 3 kilometers and the reactivation of mini supply system to the presidential Lodge has been constructed.
Earlier in his speech, the Commissioner of water resources, Barr. Emmanuel Yakubu Gowon described the foundation laying ceremony as unique and important in the lives of people in Jalingo and environs, stressing that water supply in the state capital will be greatly improved.
Emmanuel Gowon commended the state government for the wonderful support it has accorded the Ministry within this period which culminated in the successes recorded by the Ministry, pointing out that dry season farming is yielding the desired support with cluster of farmers going into dry season rice farming.
He assured the Governor that the Ministry will continue to support his initiative and said at the Ministry of water resources will sleep and wake with the idea of supplying clean water to all and sundry in Jalingo.
High point of the event was:
- The ground breaking foundation laying ceremony of Dadinkowa primary water supply scheme,
- Distribution of water pumping machines to cooperatives societies that specialises in dry season farming,
- Commissioning of two trucks of sanitation vehicles and other sanitation components as well as
- The commissioning of a 33 KVA transformer dedicated to the Jalingo water supply Agency and a playlet by the Taraba state cultural troupe.
The event was witnessed by the state Deputy Governor, Haruna Manu, Speaker, Taraba state house of Assembly, Hon. Peter Abel Diah, members of the Taraba state House of Assembly, Commissioners and all top government functionaries in the state.