The Taraba State Chairman of the All Progressive Congress APC, Hassan Ardo has been challenged to be constructive in his criticisms of the present administration led by Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku which is adjudged to be carrying all and sundry along.
The challenge was made yesterday by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Sylvanus Yakubu Giwa in Government House Jalingo during a Press Briefing on recent happenings in the State.
He said some people have constituted themselves into a reservoir of mischief makers and are bent on rubbishing the successes recorded by the present administration.
The SSA Media and Publicity who was reacting to a publication on the Leadership Newspaper dated 27th September, 2016, captioned “Taraba APC calls for Governor Ishaku’s resignation” credited to the APC Chairman, Hassan Ardo raised issues that were based on falsehood, parochial reasoning and criminally intended to cause confusion and as well score cheap popularity among the gullible people of the State.
He stressed that, the people of the State are richly blessed with high spirit of discernment most especially now that the country is faced with many difficulties.
He maintained that the outburst of the APC Chairman clearly shows that he is suffering from frustration because he was unable to deliver his party at the 2015 general elections in the State.
Speaking further, Sylvanus Giwa revealed that a man like Ardo may not know that, the Governor he is calling for his resignation is rated 6th in the country for good performance in terms of development and have initiated policies and programmes that have direct impact on the lives of the people of the State.
The SSA to Governor Darius Ishaku described some of the allegations from Ardo as blatant lies, mischievous and a cruel antagonism to the success of the rescue mission of the present administration which is all encompassing.
Sylvanus Giwa pointed out that the present administration in Taraba State under the able leadership of Arc. Darius Ishaku has not only ensured steady progress in terms of payment of workers salaries, provision of basic infrastructures, but also succeeded in tackling the security challenges that have ravaged some parts of the State in the past, asserting that the magnanimity of Ishaku during this period of economic recession should be commended because most States of the Federation are owing workers several months of salary arrears.
He stated that it is laughable that the APC chairman is condemning actions taken by the Executive and the Legislative arms of Government to reduce the tenure of Local Government Council Chairmen to two years, arguing that, two years was inadequate and averred that the argument raised by Ardo does not make sense, positing that, any Council Chairman that is determined to perform will work wonders within the span of one year by coming up with projects that would impact positively on the people of his area.
The Governor’s Media Aid categorically stated that, there is no civil servant in the State that is being owed salary including the Local Government Councils, except where measures are taken to block salary leakages which had led to the over bloated staff strength and salary bills kept catapulting.
He accused Hassan Ardo who served and retired as an accountant of complacency in the salaries leakages hence, his desire to resist measures put in place by the present Government towards ending the illegality that he benefitted maximally from with the fear that the goodies may not be forthcoming.
On teachers and Local Government Staff, recently the Government paid staff of the Local Governments two months after successfully carrying out biometric screening exercise and as such, challenged APC Chairmen, Hassan Ardo to be cogent in his facts when talking about workers salaries and call on him to join hands with Governor Darius Ishaku to help spread the successes of the Rescue Mission and equally generated positive ideas that will fast track development in the State.