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Allegation of Bias Against Muslims in Taraba state in Appointments Unfair, Ridiculous and an attempt to Cause Social Upheaval

Allegation of Bias Against Muslims in Taraba state in Appointments Unfair, Ridiculous and an attempt to Cause Social Upheaval

The allegation of bias against Muslims in Taraba State made by the Muslim Council in the state against the administration of Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku at a press conference on Friday, January 21, 2022, in Jalingo is false, ridiculous and a blatant attempt to cause religious and political tension in the state.

First of all, the Muslims Council of Taraba State took the wrong step in channelling their complaints of the so- called marginalisation of Muslims in appointments. The option of a press conference which the Council took to vent it’s complainants was clearly wrong, given the level of mutual respect and understanding enjoyed so far by the Council and His Excellency, Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku since the coming of the administration. It is, therefore, surprising that the Council would opt to embarrass the Governor by calling a press conference instead of seeking audience with him to discuss the issues.

Governor Ishaku finds this step taken by the Council not only unfair and inappropriate but a repudiation of the existing mutual understanding and cooperation between him and the Muslim Council in the state.

It is clear that the Council bowed to the temptation and the desperation to win public sympathy for an obviously unfounded allegation by going to the press rather than seek audience with His Excellency to discuss the issues.

Government wishes to state categorically that the allegation of marginalisation of Muslims in Taraba State is false, unfounded and an attempt to distract the administration and cause religious and political tention in the state, especially now that the process for the nomination of candidates for election into political offices are about to start.

The Ishaku administration totally rejects this unpatriotic attempt and insists that it, at no time, exhibited bias against any group in the state, whether religious or ethnic, in appointments and in the provision of amenities. Rather, it followed very strictly, constitutional provisions and all the other existing statutory guidelines in appointments to key positions in government.

The administration has been fair in the application of these rules and ensured that sentiments played no role.

The government hereby assures all groups and the entire people of Taraba State that it remains committed to equity, justice and fairness in appointments and in the provision of amenities to the people. It also assures the people that its doors remain open to those with genuine complaints against decisions and actions of government to come forward and table them rather than resorting to blackmail to win public support and sympathy.

BALA DAN ABU
Special Adviser to the Governor (Media and Publicity)

“Gov. Ishaku to Complete all Ongoing Projects” – Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning

“Gov. Ishaku to Complete all Ongoing Projects” – Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning

The commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning in Taraba State Hon. Solomon Elisha have said Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku will complete all the ongoing projects in the state. The commissioner made this remark when presenting to the general public a budget of 149 billion that was signed into law by the governor two weeks ago.

The budget which was prepared using the IPSAS standard is in accordance with five basic parameters which includes a national inflation rate of 13%, national GDP of 4.2%, oil production benchmark of 1.88 million barrel-per-day, oil price benchmark of $57 per barrel and an exchange rate of 410.15 naira.

In his remark, the commissioner said the revenue sources include statutory allocation which is estimated to be 33%, income from value-added 12% and independent internally generated revenue IGR of 6.66 percent while AIDS and grants is expected to be 12.20 2%, loans of 21.5% and other capital receipts and federal government support of about 12.6% of the budget.

The commissioner emphasized the need for ministries, departments and agencies of government in the state to pay close attention to revenue generation as contained in the governor’s budget presentation speech. Some of the remark made by the governor which were re emphasize by the commissioner includes; the need for revenue collection to remain a top most priority and rigorous collection and account for it, he said all ministries, departments and agencies must grow their revenue as emphasize by the governor.

The commissioner said that the state government particularly in this year’s budget will be focusing on areas of economic importance that will improve the well-being of its citizen and this states why 55.98% of the budget amounting to about 40 billion is towards boasting economic activites in the states. Another area which will take about 31.4% of the budget amounting to about 22 billion is the social sector. Governance and administrative will take six billion naira in the budget and law and justice which is about 3.7% of the budget.

Armed Forces Remembrance Day: Taraba State Government Reiterates Support to Servicemen and Families of Fallen Heroes

Armed Forces Remembrance Day: Taraba State Government Reiterates Support to Servicemen and Families of Fallen Heroes

The Taraba state government has reiterated its commitment to continue to support Nigerians Armed Forces in the state in spite of dwindling financial resources.

The Deputy Governor, Engr. Haruna Manu who spoke on behalf of the Governor, Arc Darius Ishaku during this year’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day which took at the Trade Fair Complex in Jalingo said the state government have been in support of the Armed Forces in the business of security and allied activities bordering on wellbeing of the state, hence improving state of safety of lives and property in the state.

He said it was against the backdrop of support to the Armed Forces in the state that necessitated the idea of donating operational vehicles to the army for swift operation.

Manu, however, said remembering the fallen as well as living heroes is not enough but the plights of the families they left behind should also be a matter of concern, adding that the administration’s policy to continue to provide essential support to the ex-servicemen within the limited resources within its disposal.

He reiterated that the ex-servicemen have continued to play a critical part in the nation’s security architecture at all levels of the society, adding that those who are in the administration are doing much to help address security situations in the state.

He also said the nation is at crossroads due to plethora of security challenges ranging for insurgency, banditry, kidnapping and communal feuds, therefore, urging the soldiers not to be tired their fatherland as their expertise was more needed now than ever.

Allegation of Bias Against Muslims in Taraba state in Appointments Unfair, Ridiculous and an attempt to Cause Social Upheaval

PRESS RELEASE: Gov. Ishaku Sacks Usman Sa’adu, Senior Special Assistant

Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku has relieved Usman Sa’adu, a Senior Special Assistant, of his appointment.

Governor Ishaku gave the approval for the sack of the political appointee today, Wednesday January 5, and it is with immediate effect.

BALA DAN ABU
Special Adviser to the Governor
(Media and Publicity)

RE: TRANSITION (PANKYA) OF HIS MAJESTY, DR SHEKARAU ANGYU MASA-IBI TO NANDO (THE AKU-UKA BURIAL GROUND)

RE: TRANSITION (PANKYA) OF HIS MAJESTY, DR SHEKARAU ANGYU MASA-IBI TO NANDO (THE AKU-UKA BURIAL GROUND)

The attention of His Excellency, Arc Darius Dickson Ishaku, Executive Governor of Taraba State, has been drawn to a letter purportedly written and signed by Bala Useni, Secretary, Wukari Traditional Council, on behalf of the Central Planning Committee soliciting for donations to fund the burial of the late leader of the Kwararafa Kingdom, His Majesty DR. SHEKARAU ANGYU MASA-IBI.

His Excellency, Governor Ishaku finds this step purportedly taken by the Planning Committee not only distasteful but highly embarrassing to the entire Kwararafa Race.

The Kwararafa people do not need to publicly solicit for funds to bury their traditional leader, a man who occupied one of Nigeria’s foremost traditional stools for about forty-five years and provided the most dedicated and patriotic service for which the nation remains eternally grateful to him.

Governor Ishaku has, therefore, assured that the Late Aku Uka could and would be honoured with one of the most outstanding rights of passage at the appropriate time with the state government playing a leading role. He, therefore, directed those behind the so-called letter soliciting for donations for this burial programmes to withdraw it immediately and to stop any further step that could further embarrass the state government and the entire Kwararafa people.

Signed:
BALA DAN ABU
Special Adviser to the Governor.
(Media and Publicity)