In an effort to correct boundary imbalance between Taraba and Benue states steming from flaws of the past that have ceaselessly put communities along the border lines against each other, Taraba state Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku and his Benue counterpart, Simon Ortom today embarked on a sensitisation campaign along the affected border areas.
The tour is aimed at sensitising the people along the border areas on the importance of living in peace with one another inspite of the dividing thin line that separates them.
In his speech, the Taraba state Governor, Darius Ishaku told the communities to continue to coexist peacefully just the way they have lived centuries before the border demarcation started, saying that with peace the two of them as Governors will put heads together with a view to giving them a meaningful livelihood.
Darius Ishaku maintained that without peace they can never experience development, saying that God brought the two of them as Governors of the two states inorder to enhance harmonious coexistence among them and solicited for cooperation so that the purpose of uniting the two states would be achieved.
In his contribution, the Benue state Governor, Dr. Simon Ortom told the border communities that the demarcation is basically for administrative convenience and they should see themselves as brothers and sister.
Simon Ortom stressed that, Taraba and Benue shares historical commonalities and urged them to embrace peace so that government will do its best by providing them with essential needs of life that will take away poverty from their communities.
The communities visited by the two Governors and their Deputies, who doubles as the chairmen of the boundary commissions of the two states, included Akwana, Arufu, Kente and Anyii and royal fathers from the two states, that of Taraba had the Aku Uka of Wukari, Dr. Shekarau Agyu Masaibi who is the chairman councils of chiefs Taraba state.
Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku has called on Tarabans to embrace his revitalized drug revolving scheme for effective healthcare delivery in the state.
The Governor stated this during a dinner organized to celebrate Sallah at the Government lodge, Takum.
He caution Tarabans to be wary of the activities of unscrupulous medicine dealers who stock fake drugs to the detriment of the health of the people.
Governor Ishaku remarked that through the revolving drug scheme, medicines are sold at affordable rates within the reach of the people and are stocked in various health facilities across the state.
The Governor maintained that he is up to date in the payment of workers salaries with efforts on ground to settle retirees their entitlement.
He said primary school teachers and local government staff who still have problems with their salaries should consult designated authority to check their employment status and bank verification number BVN.
Commenting on behalf of Takum Local Government Council, Leader of the Council Titus Andrew, thanked the Governor for his developmental initiative to the area which has helped to ameliorate their sufferings.
He stated that the Chairman of the Council Shiban Tikari has complemented his efforts in peace which has made people of the area to coexist peacefully.
Titus pledged the unalloyed support of Takum Local Government to the Darius led administration and endorsed him to run for the second term.
On her part, the Director DDI Women Support Group, Takum Local Government, Joyce Bala, thanked wife of the Governor for her empowerment programs that has imparted positively in the lives of the people.
Also speaking Adi Shidi, who spoke on behalf of traditional rulers said they decided to felicitate with the governor during the Sallah celebration in view of his effort at uniting people of the area and promised him their support.
PDP Chairman Takum Local Government Area, Sarkin Hausawa,Wayoka women group, Christopher Umaru who spoke on behalf of Takum elders political forum, Saleh Kaka for Civil servants, Sam JP. representative of Takum youths, all appreciated the governor for his achievements despite recession bedevilling the country.
Taraba state Governor, Darius Dickson Ishaku has thanked President Mohammadu Buhari for approving the construction of the Mambilla hydro power project.
The Governor stated this when people of the state paid him Sallah homage at the government lodge in Takum local Government Area.
He said he was thrilled with the announcement since he has worked assiduously to make it a reality.
Governor Ishaku stated that the President was emphatic and swift in taking the decision as the project would be the biggest in Africa.
The Governor stressed that the Mambilla hydro power project when completed, would boost tourism, farming and fishing, making it a multi purpose project.
He challenged the paramount ruler of Sardauna Shehu Audu Baju to always make sure that peace reign in the area.
Governor Ishaku thanked state executive council members, security operatives, PDP leadership in the state, CAN, Muslim Council and Royal fathers for supporting him towards the maintenance of peace in the state.
The Governor also applauded the effort of the Chief of staff Government House administration, SSG, Head of Service and people of the state for their support that has made him to succeed in his administration.
Commenting, Speaker Taraba state of Assembly who was represented by Member Representing Takum two in the state House of Assembly Mark Husseini Bako, says the House of Assembly is identified with the laudable development programs of the Governor that has brought peace and development to the state.
Also speaking, the state Head of service, Simon Istifanus Angyu said the over fourteen thousand civil servants in the state are happy with his leadership mostly on the prompt payment of workers salaries and pensioners, promising to accord him the needed support.
Representative of commissioners of the state, Yusuf Nya Akirikwen stated that the commitment of the Governor towards peace and development was the reason Sallah was celebrated peacefully in the state.
On his part, the Chairman Taraba state council of chiefs Aku Uka who went down memory lane on the history of the Jukun race thanked Governor Darius Ishaku, saying it is his peace initiative in the state that has made the Sallah celebration a success.
Wife of the Governor and the initiator of the Hope Afresh Foundation, Barr. Anna Ishaku, various heads of security formations, royal fathers, religious leaders, commissioners, permanent secretaries and other aides attended event.