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Gov. Ishaku Appeals to FG, Humanitarian Agencies for Assistance to Replace and Rebuild Stolen or Damaged Structures in the State

Gov. Ishaku Appeals to FG, Humanitarian Agencies for Assistance to Replace and Rebuild Stolen or Damaged Structures in the State

Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku has called for assistance from the Federal Government and other humanitarian agencies for the state to rebuild structures and replace items either damaged or stolen by hoodlums that took advantage of the EndSars protests in the state.

Governor Ishaku made the appeal on Tuesday in Jalingo after an assessment tour of the warehouses looted and structures vandalised by the hoodlums. Governor Ishaku was out of the state when the looting and vandalisation took place in Jalingo.

More than ten warehouses where items either procured by the state government or donated to it as palliatives were invaded by hoodlums and completely stolen. One of the structures most vandalized by the hoodlums is Hope Afresh building located on Kona Road in Jalingo. 

Hope Afresh Foundation is a welfare programme of the Wife of the Governor, Barrister Anna Darius Ishaku meant to train women and youths in various skills that would make them self-reliant. 

All equipment and facilities for skills acquisition training procured and installed by the Foundation were stolen. The Foundations office is now a shadow of itself. Items stolen include air conditioners, computers sewing machines, generators doors and windows.

Other places vandalized are the NYSC camp, DDI Gardens, a new housing estate being constructed by the Ishaku administration, Taraba State Broadcasting Station, the Ministry of Agricultures warehouse and several others. Paliatives stolen include bags of rice, noodles, maize, millet and other food items.

Speaking to reporters after the inspection tour, Governor Ishaku described the looting and destruction as a huge setback for the state and pleaded with he Federal Government to come to the aid of the state.

Governor Ishaku said Taraba being a state with poor resources will find it extremely difficult to replace the stolen items and rebuild damaged structures on its own and pleaded for assistance by the federal government and other humanitarian agencies.

He expressed disappointment with the attitude of security agencies for not doing anything to stop the looters and blamed it on the fact that state governors have no constitutional control over these agencies. “Our Constitution is defective. 

It is true we copied the American Constitution but we copied it wrongly. It is wrong not to allow state governments have control over security agencies in their states, especially the police.

Bala Dan Abu, Special Adviser to the Governor (Media and Publicity).

Nigerian Armed Forces Command and Staff College Jaji on a Study Tour to Taraba State

Nigerian Armed Forces Command and Staff College Jaji on a Study Tour to Taraba State

The team Leader, Air Commodore AY Dari presenting a Plaque to the Deputy Governor.

His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Taraba state Arc Darius Dickson Ishaku ably represented by his Deputy Eng Haruna Manu received the entourage of the Nigerian Armed Forces Command and Collage on a study tour in Taraba state headed by their team leader Air commodore AY Dari.

The theme of the study tour is ‘’NATIONAL SECURITY AND PANDEMIC: COVID-19 IN PERSPECTIVE’’.

The team Leader Air Commodore AY Dari, spoke at length on the significance of their tour in Taraba state while thanking the Taraba state government for the warm welcome accorded to their delegation.

The Deputy Governor of Taraba state Engr. Manu, who received the participants at his office on behalf of the Executive Governor, said the study tour is part of training the students go through at the end of their senior division course.

Therefore, they are here to do a research on a global pandemic in order to see how the outbreak of the pandemic affects the National security.

He appreciated the efforts of the Nigerian Army on role they played for protecting the lives and properties of Tarabans during the recent ‘END SARS PROTEST’ and also assured them of the readiness of the state government in supporting them during their time of stay in Taraba state.

Gov. Ishaku, US-Based Investment Groups Discuss Partnership to Promote Economic Development

Gov. Ishaku, US-Based Investment Groups Discuss Partnership to Promote Economic Development

Taraba State Governor, Arc Darius Dickson Ishaku has described Taraba as a state of immense potentials waiting to be harnessed.

Gov. Ishaku who was speaking during a virtual meeting with US-based Foreign Development and Investment Groups led by Mahmood Mustapha Founder & Futurist FiLab, Silvio F. Pupo CEO Logos Capital, and Peter Mendez President & CEO 1st SOS Inc.

Mendez, noted Taraba was desperately looking for investment partners that could assist the state in growing its economy to adequately take care of the growing needs of the youths in the state for gainful employment.

The groups’ areas of special interest, which formed the major plank of discussion during the meeting is the development of investment opportunities for boosting economic growth.

The team had earlier told Gov. Ishaku that the groups have expertise in the establishment of malls, promotion of agriculture, the hospitality industry and mineral resources development and marketing.

Ishaku who was apparently elated by the level of experience of the groups in these areas assured them of the willingness of his administration to partner with them to quicken the pace of development of the state.

He said the idea of establishing a mall was a great attraction and suggested that the first branch of the mall be located in Jalingo.

This, he said, would complement the success of his administration’s Green House project in Jalingo which is already enjoying an expansive market for its products.

The products which include tomatoes, pepper, lettuce, cucumber and other vegetables will use the malls as its primary outlets.

He promised to put a helicopter owned by the State Government at the disposal of the group to facilitate the collaboration.

Another major area of discussion was how to expand rice farming, packaging and marketing. Ishaku told the group that Taraba has one of the best soil to grow rice and required assistance in promoting its marketing.

He said more than sixteen thousand rice farmers in the state have been empowered by his administration since 2017, all whom have become prosperous and the envy of other Tarabans.

He said his administration was determined to do much more for farmers through dry season rice farming which is more productive.

He said he would want to see many small but functional rice mills established in the state as part of the partnership.

He requested for the expert advice and assistance of the group for his government to make farming more attractive to youths in the state.

He also requested for collaboration with the group to promote tourism in Taraba State, noting that the Gashaka Gumti Park located in the state was already attracting international attention.

He said the state was already negotiating an agreement with African Nature Investment for a 30-year lease agreement of the park.

He told the American investment group that the Park is the largest in Africa and is available for investment.

Ishaku told the group not to be frightened by stories of insecurity in the North Eastern part of Nigeria.

He said though Taraba is located in the region, it is not affected heavily by insecurity, caused by Boko Insurgency.

He extended the invitation of the State Government to the group to visit Taraba State soon to learn more about the state

Earlier, each member of the group had briefed the Governor on their experience in investment promotion and assured him of their determination to work with the government to quicken the pace of development in Taraba State.

The group is to develop a proposal based on the discussion and agreed areas of collaboration for the Governor to study and approve.

Story by Bala Dan Abu,
Special Adviser to the Governor
(Media and Publicity).