The Taraba State Ministry of Justice has recorded tremendous achievements in the last three hundred and sixty-five days.
The State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Yusuf Nya Akirikwen who disclosed this, attributed the successes recorded to the hard work and commitment of the staff of the ministry.
Highlighting the level of achievements recorded under his one-year stewardship in office, Barrister Yusuf Akirikwen who took over the ministry on 14 November last year, said they had achieved a lot.
Before he took over as Commissioner, he said there were Thirty-eight civil cases pending in various courts across Nigeria, saying they got additional forty-six within the period under review, making a total of one hundred and fifteen pending cases.
Out of this number, he said thirty-five cases had been disposed of, in which twenty-four went in favour of the state government.
Under his watch, Barrister Yusuf Akirikwen said the ministry dusted up several files of former contractors in the state in a bit to recover over two billion naira state fund from the contractors.
Enumerating, the challenges they faced, the Attorney General stressed that the ministry with eight directorates and one hundred and two staff strength is confronted with the challenges of inadequate office accommodation as well as outdated library among other shortcomings.
He maintained that if all ministries in the state will adhere to the professional advice from the legal officers assigned to them by the Ministry of Justice, the level of litigations will be minimised.
The Commissioner appreciated the support he enjoyed from his staff and the general public, describing his one year journey as so far so good.
By Nick Dugba.
The World Bank frowns at the Taraba state Agency for Community and Social Development Project Law No. 7, 2009 and views it as insufficient.
It was stated in a letter from the Office of the Executive Governor, Taraba state to the Taraba state House of Assembly, seeking for the amendment of the Law.
The letter titled “Re: Amendment of Bill of Taraba state Agency for Community and Social Development Project”, says that “the Law was a veritable tool for the World Bank to reach out to our people at the grassroots leading to the transformation of the social status of our rural areas”. It also stated that the tenure of the General Manager of the agency in the Principal Law was five years only without renewal which the World Bank frowns at.
“Since the World Bank is the only financier, for now, a two-term tenure of the General Manager’s office is proposed to stabilise the agency”, the letter read.
During the plenary session presided over by Speaker, Peter Abel Diah on Monday, several members supported the Bill.
Contributing on the floor of the House, Edward Baraya, PDP, Karim 2, said in order to make the agency function well, there was need for an amendment of the Law.
Also, Mark Useni, PDP, Takum 2, was of the view that the problem with programs and policies was sustainability and that a single tenure was not likely to guarantee sustainability.
The Bill was therefore referred to the House committee on Finance and Appropriation for further deliberations after it has passed second reading.
According to a popular saying, give honour to whom honour is due, it is based on this premise that the staff of the Ministry of information and Reorientation and the NUJ Chapel of the Ministry of information took it upon themselves to pay homage to the new Lamdo, Alhaji Zubairu Mohammadu Sambo in his palace, Gashaka Local Government Area.
The visit was to assure the new Lamdo Gashaka of their support and loyalty at all times, having been an honest, dedicated and diligent colleague to them and the Ministry.
The staff and officials of both the Ministry and the NUJ information Chapel were led by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr. Taninga Danjuma, who told the new Lamdo that they were in his palace as a family to felicitate with him on his new assignment as a royal father of Gashaka Chiefdom.
Mr. Taninga Danjuma maintained that it is a thing of joy to the entire staff of the Ministry that one of their own is being raised to a first class traditional Ruler.
In his speech, the Chapel Chairman of the Information Chapel, Mr. Jeremiah Galumje said the chapel has formally come to felicitate with him and to assure him that the chapel will continue to honour and support him and stated that the Journalism profession in the State had never been so fortunate to have a member honoured to the exalted office of a Royal Father and urged him to display an unequalled high sense of leadership skills that will foster cohesion, tolerance and peaceful coexistence in his domain.
Galumje maintained that the Chapel benefited from his membership and loyalty and pointed out that it has become binding on all members of NUJ information Chapel to come and pay homage to the new Lamdo and to also put it in clear terms to the new Lamdo that the chapel and indeed the Ministry is proud of him and will stand with him at all times.
He posited that streamlining the activities of Ministry of Information and Reorientation is crucial so that it will be able to function efficiently and effectively in the Rescue Agenda of Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku by proactively playing its role as the government resource center and mouthpiece.
The NUJ information Chapel Chairman also call on the new Lamdo to sustain the peace that Gashaka Local Government is known for and stressed that, as a tourist Haven, efforts should be intensified to ensure that people live in absolute peace and tranquillity.
Responding, the new Lamdo Gashaka, Alhaji Zubairu Mohammadu Sambo thanked the staff of the Ministry of Information and NUJ information Chapel for their show of love, solidarity and assured that he would lead the people of Gashaka rightly and with the fear of God in the stead of his late father.
Lamdo Zubairu Mohammadu Sambo said he is appreciative of the support he has received from the Ministry and the NUJ during his moment of grief up to the time he was appointed as a successor to his late father and prayed for the sustenance of the unquantifiable fraternity that has been the hallmark of the Chiefdom.
Highpoint of the visit was the presentation letters of congratulations from the Ministry of Information and Reorientation and NUJ information Chapel by the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Taninga Danjuma which was witnessed by the NUJ state Council Chairman, Comrade Solomon Ajiduku.