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Taraba Govt. to Help Farmers Check Rice Import, Boost Food Security

Taraba Govt. to Help Farmers Check Rice Import, Boost Food Security

Taraba State Government said it is set to assist more local rice farmers to produce enough rice to feed the nation and check huge import bills on rice into the country.

His Excellency, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku.

His Excellency, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku.

Governor Darius Ishaku who disclosed this on Sunday at the thanksgiving church service to mark the 80th birthday celebration of the Chief of Donga, Dr. Stephen Bayonga said the State Government has so far assisted 17,000 rice farmers in the past two years.

“We held a meeting with the Federal Government over the high import bills on rice and we all agreed to work hard to stop the importation of rice into the country.

“Taraba alone can feed the nation with rice and cut the N800bn being spent yearly on rice import. So, I want to call on the people of the State to return to farming.

“On our part, we are poised to assist more rice farmers to produce enough rice to feed the nation, boost economy and check poverty,” he said.

The governor congratulated the Gara of Donga for clocking 80 years and prayed God to grant him good health and wisdom to rule.

In his remarks, the celebrant, The Gara of Donga, Dr. Stephen Bayonga thanked God for sparing his life to see his 80th birthday and appreciated the people who turned out to celebrate with him.

Bayonga called on the Governor to consider the construction of the Donga – Mararaba road to ease movement of people and for economic growth of the area.

Resident Pastor of CRC-N Donga, Rev. Enoch Aboki in his sermon enjoined the people to always appreciate God and never forget the good things God has done in their lives.

Rev. Aboki called on the Governor to deal with the security situation in the area especially in kidnapping and armed robbery.

Gov. Ishaku Congratulates Gara of Donga as He Clocks 80

Gov. Ishaku Congratulates Gara of Donga as He Clocks 80

Governor Darius Ishaku has congratulated His Royal Highness, Dr Danjuma Bayonga Garbose III Gara of Donga as he celebrates life at 80.

Governor Ishaku while speaking during the Thanksgiving service which took place at CRCN 1 Donga described the Gara as not only a king who is reigning successfully, but one who has worked all his life to bring peace and harmony among the citizens.

The governor charged others to use HRH Danjuma Bayonga as a reference for living because life is all about what you can leave as legacy when you are long gone.

He prayed for better health and God’s will in the remaining years God had for him on the earth while asking the people to be thankful because lack of gratitude kills the spirit of doing more.

HRH Dr. Danjuma Bayonga Garbose III GARA of Donga responding ascribed the glory to God as being his inspiration, the author and the finisher of his faith, stressing that without Him he would not have come this far.

He said that thanking God was a culture because it had been his grace, mercy and love that kept him. He also thanked his people for always standing by him and for supporting his reign.

He specifically appreciated His Excellency, Governor Darius Ishaku for his love and concern towards him, praying God to uphold all his doings and not ever allow him fail.