Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku showed the readiness of his administration to support the Northeast Development Commission (NEDC) and advised that they continue with the developmental initiatives of the Presidential Committee on the Northeast Initiatives (PCNI).
Gov. Ishaku delivering his speech during the visit of some members of the NEDC at Government House Jalingo.
The Governor stated this when he received members of the Commission at Government House Jalingo.
He bemoaned the manner at which organizations and government agencies usually abandon development programs based on sentiments of varying degrees hinged on ideology and party differences despite their painstaking efforts towards development.
Governor Ishaku stated that should the six governors in the north east own the Yola Electricity Development Company, there would be effective distribution of power across the zone.
The governor expressed dissatisfaction over seeming sideline of the state government on the Mambilla Plateau project by the Federal government despite his numerous efforts to the completion of the project and decried the depletion of power supply in the country, stressing that it has dropped to 2000MW from 7000MW when he left the ministry of Power.
He also stated that the Kashimbilla power project can serve 3 states if given the necessary attention to function.
Governor Ishaku saluted the courage of the team for visiting the state after years of neglect by some agencies, emphasizing that the Danbaba Danfulani Suntai Airport has now made the state to be accessible and promised to provide the Commission with office accommodation to enable them succeed.
MD, Northeast Dev. Commission, Mohammed Goni Alkali
Earlier, the Managing Director of the Northeast Commission Mohammed Goni Alkali said he was in the state to introduce himself and intimate him of the Commission’s activities.
Alkali averred that the major mandate of the Commission is to coordinate development in the Northeast in complement to the developmental efforts of states and federal government.
It could be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari in 2017, signed into law the establishment of the Northeast Development Commission with the mission to reconstruct the development of the Northeast orchestrated by myriad challenges like insurgency, robbery, kidnapping and others.
Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku, on Wednesday July 3, 2019, signed into law a bill that prescribes death sentence for kidnapping and abduction offenders in the state.
This was disclosed by the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Media and Publicity, Mr. Bala Abu.
The bill which was sponsored by Rt Hon Peter Abel Diah, speaker, Taraba State House of Assembly, and passed with overwhelming support by members of the assembly, is intended to help contain kidnapping which is today a major concern in Taraba.
Under the new law, anybody found guilty of abduction or kidnapping in the state will pay the supreme price for it.
The governor’s aide said that the law is a product of government’s concern about insecurity in the state, particularly, kidnapping for money which is rampant in the state and other parts of the country.
“In the past two years, not less than 20 persons, some of them government officials had been kidnapped from their homes and on the roads while travelling”.
“It is expected that the new law will go along way in checking this menace”.
Governor Ishaku together with his deputy, Engr. Haruna Manu during an inspection tour of the 7.5 power injection sub station at Mutumbiyu.
Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku has warned those vandalising electric poles and wires to desist from such acts and directed the Chief of Mutum Biyu, Sani Kachalla to station vigilante groups to safeguard the equipments mostly at Zangokombi where vandal activities where high.
The governor made the disclosure during an inspection tour of the 7.5 power injection sub station at Mutumbiyu.
He said electricity is vital to development of a modern society hence the trust of his administration to provide electricity to more communities.
The governor promised to commissioned the rural electrification projects at Jauro Yinu, Sibre, Kopi, Namnai, Turakeke, Kan Kwana, Mutum biyu and others.
Commenting, the contractor handling the project, Ishaku Tikon of Dizzat Engineering Company said work on the power injection sub station at mutumbiyu has reached seventy percent.
The Contractor promised to meet the deadline earmarked for the completion of the project and thanked Governor Darius Ishaku and the Chief of Mutum Biyu for their support to the project.
Also commenting, the Chief of Mutum biyu, Sani Kachala assured Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku of optimum security by vigilante groups to track vandals of electricity equipment in the area.
During a stop over by the Governor at Zongokombi, residents of the area thanked Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku for his efforts in the ongoing electricity projects and promised to fish out the vandals among them.
It should be recalled that various communities in Lau, Zing, Ardo Kola, Donga,Takum, Bali, Ussa, Jalingo and others have benefited from the rescue mission’s rural electrification projects during the first term of Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku administration.