By Victoria Danbaba
The Executive Governor of Taraba State, Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku has assured the people of Ussa Local Government Area that he would not go back on his campaign promises to them in view of the Area’s untainted records in the maintenance of peace.
Governor Ishaku gave this assurance yesterday during the special New Year’s service at the Reformed Christian Church of Nigeria, RCCN, Central Lissam.
He reiterated his commitment to fulfilling the campaign promises he made for the construction of the Lissam – Bissaula road and other road networks within the Southern Senatorial Zone.
While explaining the synergy between the Federal and State Government in roads maintenance, he disclosed that when a State Government completes a Federal road, the Federal Government is under obligation to to refund the money spent.
But lamented that for years, the Federal Government has failed to comply and this has been a major setback in the maintenance of roads in the country today.
According to him, the road in question is a Federal Government road and the aforementioned reason has delayed the commencement of work on it but he however promised to tackle the problem headlong this year.
The Governor also assured the people of the provision of pipe born water, stating that the Water Agency has since commenced laying of pipes which would soon get to Lissam.
On the provision of electricity, he said a substation for distribution has been completed to redirect from Kashimbila power plant to ensure sufficient and uninterrupted power supply to the people of Ussa and its environs.
Speaking on the health needs of the people, he promised to complete the building of the Ussa General Hospital and make it functional to relieve them of traveling to Takum General Hospital which according to him is not yet fully equipped.
He commended the people for maintaining peace in Ussa, extending it to the past Caretaker Committee Chairmen who he said worked assiduously to ensure that peace reigns in spite of their ordeal with herds men. In his words, “Ussa has given me peace and I will give her development”.
Prominent among worshipers were, Chief of staff, Hon. Rebo Usman,former Speaker of the Taraba State House of Assembly, Right Honorable Haruna Istifanus Gbana, member representing Ussa in the House of Assembly, Commissioner of justice, Commissioner of Works and Housing,CTC Chairmen, Special Advisers, Senior Special Assistants and other politicians.