Gov. Darius addressing TSIEC
Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku has encouraged the Taraba State Independent Electoral Commission TSIEC, to visit States that have successfully conducted Local Government election in order help them strategise and conduct a hitch free election in the State.
Governor Darius Ishaku gave the advice while on working visit to the headquarters of the TSIEC, to acquaint himself with the level of preparation as well as inspect the pace of renovation currently going on which is being undertaken by the new leadership of the Commission.
He assured the Chairman that the money expended on the renovation work will be refunded to the Commission by State Government, adding that, his administration will holistically look into areas that needs urgent Government attention with a view to addressing them most especially now that the Commission will soon carry out a herculean task of conducting elections that his administration expects it to be free, fair and acceptable to the people of the State and beyond.
The Governor also used the opportunity to inform the Chairman and Commissioner of the Commission that the Taraba State House of Assembly had concluded its assignment of passing new laws that will guide the conduct of the forth coming Local Government election, stressing that, his administration will not accept any form of ineptitude during the exercise.
He further maintained that his administration is poised to give the people of the State the best election ever conducted since the creation of the State and reminded the Commission’s Staff that, the onus of conducting credible and acceptable elections lies with them and quickly reaffirmed that his Government will work assiduously and collaboratively with the Commission in ensuring that, all statutory responsibilities to the Commission are fulfilled as required.
Speaking while taking the Governor round the renovation areas, the Chairman of TSIEC, Dr. Philip Danladi Duwe said, the renovation work is part of the Commission’s preparation for the conduct of the forthcoming elections, particularly in providing conducive working environment for all the staff of the Commission in order to enhance productivity.
The TSIEC Chairman however enumerated some of the major challenges of the Commission to the Governor which included, logistics, inadequate funds and lack of sufficient offices for staff and solicited for immediate support from Government so as to be able to deliver on its mandate effectively and successfully.
By Nick Dugba
Principals in the education sector would be spared the rigours of having to purchase instructional materials in the open market as the Rescue Mission led by Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku has provided them with records and instructional materials to enhance the learning process.
During the occasion held Thursday in Jalingo to distribute the materials, the Governor, Darius Ishaku, stated that the materials would aid in the learning process hence the reason for the provision of the learning materials.
The Governor who was represented by Secretary to the State Government, (SSG), Anthony Jellason, said there was a setback in the educational sector, and the administration had to restructure the sector for better results.
In his speech, the Commissioner of Education, Johannes Jigem, presented the scorecard of the Governor in the Ministry to include among others: The payment of WAEC fees for Exchange Schools in the State and Special Education Center in the State, termly transportation of Exchange students to the 19 northern states of the country, monthly subvention for feeding off Exchange schools and Special Education Center in the state, release and settlement of counterpart funding to UNICEF, release of matching- grant fund to TSUBEB.
Others include, presentation of Education Sector Plan and School Annual Census to the public in conjunction with UNICEF, sponsoring Taraba students for the Presidential Debate, Abuja 2016, in which Taraba came second in the Federation, sponsoring Taraba students for National Computer Competition, Abuja 2016, in which Taraba emerged second in the Federation and the Train- the- Trainers workshop proposal for Principals, Directors, Education Secretaries, Area Inspectors of Education, Zonal Monitoring Officers and Headmasters has been approved by the Governor.
However, Jigem called for support in certain areas to reposition education in line with the Rescue Agenda.
These include provision of additional teachers in public schools, renovation and provision of furniture in schools and provision of ICT Teachers in Schools.
He revealed that the Ministry of Education, Post Primary Schools Management Board and all secondary schools do not have any vehicle and that the staff used their personal vehicles to run their affairs.
The Commissioner observed that there are ineffective schools supervision and monitoring due to lack of vehicles.
He advised the Principals saying, “we must live by example as role models to others and our students to bring about human and economic development in the State as education is a critical veritable”.
Gov. Ishaku Receiving Report of Ultra Modern Market, Jalingo.
Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku has constituted an Eight Man Implementation Committee that would facilitate the movement of traders to the Jalingo Ultra Modern Market.
Governor Darius Ishaku stated this yesterday while receiving a report from the verification committee set up to investigate the illegal occupation of the Jalingo Ultra Modern Market at Kpantinapu saying that, he intends to make the market vibrant and as well decongest the Jalingo main market where people resident in the State capital and its environs will have a choice of where to go for shopping depending on the proximity.
He also commended the verification committee for coming up with exact numbers of shops and various types in the Ultra Modern Market and going ahead to allocate some to those that intend to start business at the market.
Darius Ishaku said the one hundred and one million, two hundred and thirty thousand Naira realised by the verification committee will be judiciously utilised, directing the implementation committee to implement all the decisions taken by the verification committee and allocate the shops appropriately to those that have made payments for the shops so that the market will take off immediately.
Presenting the committee’s report to the Governor of the State, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku, the Secretary to the State Government, Anthony Jellason informed the Governor that in the course of carrying out their assignment when traders besieged the Jalingo Ultra Modern Market and allocated shops to themselves, the committee discovered there are about 2,134 shops of five different categories.
He further revealed that the verification committee allocated some shops to those that showed genuine interest in owning shops at the Market and realized the sum one hundred and one million, two hundred and thirty thousand naira which he said is in the custody of Taraba Savings and Loans Limited.
The SSG gave the breakdown of the shops in the Market as follows, large shops, one hundred and fifty in numbers out of which eighty eight have been allocated with sixty five unallocated, medium shops, 784 in numbers with 175 allocated while 610 are unallocated and small shops, 600 in numbers with 56 already allocated with about 544 still remaining.
While the semi lockup shops are 300 in numbers out of which 21 have been issued out, with 279 unallocated, also available are 300 open shops out of which 6 have been allocated and about 294 are still available.
He told the Governor that the committee has already issued out about 279 shops of different types to prospective traders and total numbers of unallocated shops stand at 1, 516 of the five categories.
The Secretary to the State Government revealed that at the end of the assignment people with papers were screened to ascertain the genuineness of their papers and also recommended that those who have been allocated shops should be made to immediately move in and commence business activities in the ultra modern Market.
The implementation committee has Shuaibu Ataka as Chairman and the members included Fred Audu Jankada, Joseph Bello from Ministry of Housing, MD/ CEO Taraba Savings and Loans, Tijani Magaji from Ministry of Finance, Lydia Wilson, John Ahmadu and Umar Columbus as the Secretary of the Eight Man Committee.
Gov. Ishaku Receiving NGADA Dev. Creation Act from Speaker of the House
Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku has assented to Ndola of Gola Area, NGADA, Development Area creation Order Act 2016, bringing the numbers of Development Areas in the State to two.
Governor Darius Ishaku who assented to the order today in Government House Exco Chamber Jalingo, spoke of the need to give the people of NGADA a sense of belonging and to take civilization to their doorsteps and commended the Taraba State House of Assembly for working on the same page with him to rescue the people and give them a sense of belonging.
He maintained that history will judge and remember them right for taking a bold step to rescue the people and said he shedded tears when the plight of NGADA people was told to him and likened their emergence to that of Koma people in the then Gongola State and present Adamawa State.
Governor Darius Ishaku blamed the plight of people to politicians from the area, describing it as man’s inhumanity to man and challenged all Tarabans to work towards assisting the people of the Area to catch up with the present day modernity.
NGADA Delegates in Photograph with Gov. Ishaku
He also called on the enlightened ones among them to be of help to each other, describing today as a special day in the lives of the people and assured them that his administration will take up the challenge and responsibilities of ensuring that they are also provided with all the basic amenities such as roads, water and electricity.
The Governor also used the opportunity to specially appreciate his wife, Barr. Anna Ishaku who is the initiator of the Hope Afresh Foundation for painstakingly going to the area despite the difficult terrain and unearthing their plight, which has today received Government attention.
Speaking before presenting the NGADA Development creation Order Act 2016 to the Governor, the Speaker Taraba State House of Assembly, Hon. Abel Peter Diah thanked the Governor for coming to the plight of the people of NGADA, saying that is a clear demonstration of his love to the people that have been neglected for long.
Hon. Abel Diah said after carefully studying the request of the Governor to create a development area for the people, the entire members also keyed into it with a view to giving the people a sense of belonging and unanimously and objectively deliberated on it so as to fast track development at the grassroots with key emphasis on areas that have been without Government presence for long.
He commended the members for their zeal, dexterity and painstakingly keeping faith with the vision and believing in the fundamental objectives of the present Government of Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku that is poised to bring all people of the State on board via the rescue agenda.
Speaking to the press on behalf of the people of Ngada community, the spokesperson, Rev. Joseph Nagombe thanked Governor Darius Ishaku for the liberation and said the creation of God can never be left in isolation in terms of social life, as God will always provide a liberator, a saviour and a man with a heart, determination to salvage the situation and posited that the purpose of God on NGADA people was fulfilled through the leadership of Darius Dickson Ishaku.
He stated that the people have been living in the area for the past 1000 years since the split of the Bantu Kingdom and are referred to in the present day as Ndola and in the past as Ndoro, explaining that the Ndola of Gola Area was part of defunct United Hills and later part of Trust Territory of the British Northern Cameroon.
Rev. Nagombe said the area became part of Nigeria on 1st June 1961 as a result of a plebiscite that was conducted and since then it has been part of Nigeria and praised Governor Darius Ishaku through the rescue mission that has brought the area out of total neglect and rejection.
He stressed that the people of NGADA will remain grateful and will count it as a major achievement of this administration.
The spokesperson said the Taraba State Independent Electoral Commission TSIEC, will now have additional population of voting age of about 20,000 to add to its lists of eligible voters and assured Governor Darius Ishaku of an unequalled support in 2019 general elections, reaffirming their commitment of peaceful coexistence in the area.
By, Nick Dugba
The Taraba State House of Assembly has consented to the creation of NGADA Development Area in Taraba State and also intends to work towards the creation of a similar one in the northern senatorial zone of the state to ensure fairness and equity in the spread of development.
This is sequel to a Bill sent to the House by the Executive Governor, Darius Dickson Ishaku, Monday, seeking the creation of Ngaga Development Area from Kurmi LGA, considering the backwardness of the people, whom the letter described as living in the ‘Medieval Age.’
The Bill titled, The Ngaga Development Area Creation Bill 2016, passed through second reading and subjected to a debate.
Leading the debate, the Majority Leader of the House, Joseph Albasu Kunini, described the condition the people of the area are in as primitive and that if something was not done quickly, they could be disconnected to the rest of the world.
He added that the government would not allow the people, who are taxpayers, to wallow in that state of affairs.
Contributing, Mark Useni, PDP, Take 2, stated that the impact of a development area in ensuring peace in the state could not be underestimated, citing the creation of Yangon Development Area as an example.
Two members, Tanko Maikarfi, PDP, Gassol 1 and Charles Maijankai, PDP, Karim 1, supported the Bill and called for government to look at the possibility of doing same in other parts of the state, and especially, Maijankai called for the creation of Ndela Development Area in Karim LGA in order to check the security threat posed by neighbouring communities.
The session which was presided over by Speaker, Abel Peter Diah, promised to take the plea of the members to the Governor for the consideration of the northern senatorial zone in the creation of a development area to ensure fairness as well as declare a state of emergency in areas that are disadvantaged regarding infrastructure.
The House had, therefore, by a unanimous decision consented on the Bill and asked the Clerk to communicate the governor on the new development.