Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku has stated that he is optimistic the Rescue Mission will succeed in the State considering the level of its acceptance in all the nooks and crannies of the State.
Governor Darius Ishaku stated this yesterday in his office when parents of students of Taraba State indigenes, studying in Venezuela paid him a thank you visit for coming to the aid of the children who have been stranded in Venezuela.
Darius Ishaku revealed that, apart from footing some of their outstanding allowances and the facilitation of their return to the country, plans have also been completed to give them permanent employment so that, the State can benefit from the knowledge they acquired during their studies in Venezuela.
He explained that the objective of the Rescue Agenda is to give the people of the State a sense of belonging, particularly, to rescue them from their immediate challenges, stressing that the Rescue Agenda is not restricted to a particular group of people but all encompassing for the common good and upliftment of people of the State.
The Governor also used the opportunity to explain the reason for lifting the ban on employment, saying that, there is a wide gap in the State Civil Service which has become expedient to correct with utmost urgency, reiterating his administration’s resolve to ensure that all loopholes that exists in the State Civil Service are expeditiously corrected to have a vibrant Civil Service.
Darius Ishaku call on youths in the State who want to contribute their quota to the development of the State and the rebuilding of the civil service which his administration is determined reorganise, to go to the State Civil Service Commission to obtain forms for employment.
Governor Darius Ishaku however told the parents of the Taraba State indigenes studying in Venezuela that they were on Venezuelan scholarship which was a partnership between the Venezuelan and Taraba State Government, but lamented that the country is also faced with recession problem just like Nigeria which caused their suffering and assured the parents that he will give them proper attention as well giving them a rousy welcome whenever they are back.
Earlier, the Commissioner of Education, Hon. Johannes Jigem who led the parents to the Governor, said they have come to appreciate the State Governor for intervening and Rescuing their Children who have been stranded in Venezuela.
Johannes Jigem said the students have been studying in Venezuela for the past six years and disclosed that the administration of Governor Darius Ishaku in its magnanimity approved the sum of nineteen million five hundred and seventy -six thousand (N1.576m), to offset some of their allowances and to help facilitate their return back to the country and to the State.
The Commissioner also revealed that the State has also approved monthly emoluments of eight thousand Naira (N8000), monthly up to the time they will return and also mentioned that the State Governor has given them permanent employment in their respective fields of studies when they return.
He tasks the parents to support the Rescue Agenda of Governor Darius Ishaku for it to succeed, pointing out that the Rescue Agenda has no party colouration or affiliation, rather, it is aimed at giving all Tarabans sense of belonging and better livelihood.
In a show of appreciation, a spokesperson of the parents, Barr. Bathsheba Riki thanked the State Governor for his generosity, saying that, the parents lack words that will sincerely convey their gratitude, stressing that they have been wondering how to bring back their children to the country.
Barr. Bathsheba Riki assured the Governor of their total loyalty, stressing that they will assist him in the execution of his Rescue Agenda and also appreciated him for offering to employ their children when the are through with their studies.
Accordingly, Bathsheba Riki said they are determined to ensure that their children accord the Rescue Agenda the needed support so that it will further touch more lives.
Governor Darius Ishaku later presented N1.6m cheque to each parent on behalf of the twelve students currently rounding up their studies in Venezuela.