The meeting which took place at the Takum Government Lodge, was primarily aimed at fine tuning ways of improving on the well being of the youths.
Governor Darius Ishaku who expressed joy in meeting with the youths stated that, it is God’s will that he celebrate this special and unique day with them, saying that, this particular occasion provides an opportunity to come together to talk with a view to moving the State to an enviable height.
He maintained that it is always good to hear from the youths and to work out modalities so that government can assist them realise their God given potentials.
The Governor reaffirmed his desire to put youths in a vintage position in his administration, and pointed out that, though the State and the Country is faced with financial difficulty, he will do his best to improve their livelihood.
Responding on the issue of a State Library, Darius Ishaku said it is unfortunate that, most of the schools in the State are in very critical and in bad shapes, as he rhetorically asked, which one takes priority, Is it fixing the school or having a library without functional and vibrant schools.
He however said, his administration is trying its best to see that schools are rebuilt and put in their proper shapes which will then guarantee putting up a standard State Library.
Governor Darius Ishaku lamented that, the problem and constraints of the State Government is lack of funds, unlike the past government that had enough stressing that, the story today is different, “the little we have, will be judiciously managed to ensure prompt payment of salaries as the State is a Civil Service State”.
Darius Ishaku revealed that he has paid off all salaries of Civil Servants in the State and further disclosed that anyone who has not been paid should go and find out whether he or she was not rightly employed.
He said he is optimistic that, with plans already strategised, very soon Taraba State University will be comparable in standard to any University in the country so that its graduates can be employed anywere in the country.
The Governor mentioned that roads are going to take priority, but one at a time, beginning with Mararaban Baissa in Donga to Kurmi up to Abong road, then others may be attended to shortly.
Similarly, Darius Ishaku informed the youths that the Jalingo Garba Chede road constructed by the immediate past administration, which is a Federal Government road, the money is yet to be refunded to the state and expressed optimism that, soon the FG will respond to that.
Governor Darius Ishaku said he is aware of water shortages in Wukari and environs and said he is working assiduously to tackle it.
Governor Darius Ishaku was visibly happy when the youths acknowledged the potency of the empowerment programmes in the LGAs and disclosed that, the first batch will be graduating in January and the second set will start immediately and said those that were not fortunate to make the first set should get ready to be part of the second set.
Speaking on the Green House project in Jalingo, the Governor said, is going to meet vegetable needs of the State and beyond and will equally serve as a training ground for students of the State University and the State College of Agriculture including youths that wants to be trained in vegetable farming, so that, they will be engaged productively.
The Governor added that, the Lissam Vocational Training School will soon be renovated so that it can serve as a training center for youths as he encouraged the youths to imbibe virtues of hardwork.
He further disclosed that very soon the State would be needing the services of about 1200 engineers and said he is not sure if the State indigenes will be able to meet up.
Reacting to the issue of scholarship, the Governor said he wouldn’t want to talk about what he may not be able to do, explaining that, fund is the major problem, priority must be given to what the people desires most.
The Governor further assured the youths that, his biggest nightmare was peace and said now that peace is gradually returning, he will definitely develop the State saying, is a promise that must be fulfilled and to those with pockets of problems in their areas they will not be able to benefit from the developmental strides of his administration.
Darius Ishaku pleaded with the youths to embrace peace so that they can live peacefully with one another pointing out that, “we are all created differently and we must learn to accept and accommodate each other so that, we may be able to conform with the teachings of the holy books”.
Governor Darius Ishaku used the forum to encourage students in the State to take their studies serious so that they can make good grades and become gainfully employed.
In their separate speeches, from all the youth representing each Local Government that make up Southern Taraba, they unanimously thanked the State Governor for the level of development he had so far brought to their door steps, particularly, women and youths empowerment programme.
They however pleaded with the Governor to look into issues bothering their areas such as lack of motorable roads, water and insufficient electricity.
While the President National Association of Jukun Student NAJUS, Comrade Hopes also appealed to the Governor to build a library in the zone which will serve as a center for learning during the holidays, and suggested that, more science oriented graduates be engaged in the zone and the State at large.
He however pleaded with the Governor to come to the aid of the students by resuscitating the payment of scholarship to indigenes of the State.
The Governor was also honoured with the title of ‘Sarkin Matasan Taraba’ for his contibution in peace building and development of the State.