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This page consists of  the profile of the Governor, offices under the office and Past Governors.

The Executive Governor's Profile
Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku,

Executive Governor, Taraba State.

His Excellency, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku was elected into office in 2015. Ishaku was previously the supervising minister for power, supervising minister for environment and the Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs before he resigned to contest in the 2015 Taraba State gubernatorial election.

He was born in Lupwe in present Ussa Local Government Area of Taraba State on 30th July, 1954 to the family of Mr. and Mrs. Naomi and Ishaku Istifanus.

Arc. Darius Ishaku began his educational pursuit at St. Bartholomew’s Primary School, Wusasa, Zaria from 1961 and obtained his First School Leaving Certificate in 1967. He thereafter proceeded to St. Paul’s College Kufena, Zaria for his secondary education where he graduated in 1972.

He further enrolled into the School of Basic Studies, Ahmadu Bello University -Zaria between 1972 to 1974 for advanced level education, and immediately gained admission to the same institution where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture in 1977 and a Master’s Degree (M.Sc) in Architecture in 1979, with distinction, (a rare feat in those days). He did his National Youth Service Corps assignment with the Imo State Ministry of works from 1979 to 1980.

As a student at ABU Zaria between 1974 to 1979, he never forgot his roots as he ran back to do vocation jobs at the Gongola State Housing Corporation in Yola at every given opportunity.

By the time he completed his Master’s degree in architecture, he had travelled to many parts of the world to see different architectural landscapes in addition to well-planned and organized towns, cities and country-sides.

He appreciated this very much which propelled him to pursue a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning; being confident that with additional skills and qualification, he will be able to contribute to the new capital of Nigeria, Abuja.

In 1982, he was admitted as a Registered Member of the Nigeria Institute of Architects and became a Fellow of the Institute [FINA] in June 2001. He is also a member of the Nigeria Institute of Town Planning.

In 1980, he served as an Architect with Inter Design Partnership, then joined Bestarc International Association, where he rose to the position of a Director in 1983.

In the same year he registered his company, Excelare Partners, an architectural, planning and engineering firm where he acted as Managing Director. With several decades of architectural practice and experience along with an insatiable thirst for higher academic laurels, he began a PhD program in Architecture (In View) also at Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria in 2007. After 5 years, he completed his course work but is yet to submit his final dissertation due to demand on his time.

Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku along with eight [8] other alumni of the department of Architecture of the Ahmadu Bello University were later invited to reinstate the institution’s accreditation with Architects Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON). That singular call to duty restored the accreditation for the teaching of Architecture in ABU, Zaria.

Prominent among his architectural designs and project management are;

Phase III General Land Use Master Plan of Abuja – FCT.
South – East Regional Development Plan.
1000 Seat Lecture Theatre and the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, ABU, Zaria.
Faculty of Distance Learning & Continuing Education, University of Abuja.
250 nos. Lecture Theatre and Medical Health Centre; Nassarawa State University, Keffi.
National Space Research and Development Agency (NARSDA) Ministry of Science and Technology Housing Estate, Lagos.
Market and Shopping Complex, Area 7, Garki, Abuja.
The Central Post Office [Boat Design], Garki, Abuja.
Coordination of Development of Phase III District [FCDA], Abuja.
Ten(10) Storey Residential Apartment Block, Abuja.

In the area of Community Service, he has been passionate and committed in providing free services in design, consultancy and supervision of several projects which are beneficial to the welfare of the common man. Some of these projects include:

Mitosath Clinic (River Blindness Clinic/hospital) Jos, Plateau State.
Renovation of Hekan Catheral and Primary school Kaduna.
Design and Supervision of church building in Gubuchi –Ikara, Kaduna State.
Design and supervision of Hekan Church, Jalingo, Taraba State.
Albarka Baptist church, Kaduna State.
Jukun Bible Institute, Wukari, Taraba State.
Christian Reformed Church of Christ in Nigeria Hospital, Takum, Taraba State.

Today, destiny has crowned this ever dynamic leader,  Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku the Executive Governor of Taraba State and Captain of the Rescue Team.

Functions of the Office

1. The Governor’s office serves as the fulcrum upon which day to day administration of the state gyrates.

It coordinates and supervises implementation of policies and programmes within the length and breadth of the state through relevant MDA’s and ministries that converge at the Executive Council Chamber with the Governor as President in Council and the Commissioners as members.

2. The Governor’s office ensures judicious utilization of resources and development efforts of local government councils through the Joint Account (JAC)/Bureau for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.

3. As Head of the Executive Arm, the Governor exercises some powers that directly affect both the legislative and judicial arms of government.

He monitors periodic reports of the House of Assembly and appoints Chairman and Commissioners of the House of Assembly Service Commission.

He convenes and dissolves the House of Assembly; the constitution confers on the governor, the veto on any bill of the state House of Assembly to ascent before it becomes law.

4. The Governor appoints the Chief Judge, Judges/ Khadis and other Judicial officers, based on recommendations of the Judicial Service Commission and the National Judicial Council as the case may require.

He has the powers of the prerogative of mercy conferred on him by the constitution.

5. He is the Visitor to the Taraba State University serving as ex-officio Chancellor.

Past Governors
1.Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku 29th May 2015 - Date
2.Alh. Sani Abubakar Danladi – 29th May 2015
3.Pharm. Danbaba Danfulani Suntai 29th May 2007 - October 2012
4.Rev. Jolly T. Nyame 29th May 1999 - 29th May 2007
5.Col. A.J Owoniyi August 1998 - May 1999
6.CP A.E Oyakhire August 1996 - August 1998
7.Col. Y.M Dickson December 1993 - August 1996
8.Rev. Jolly T. Nyame 2nd January 1992 - 18th January 1993
9.Navy Captain A.A Afolahan 27th August 1991 - 2nd January 1992

Departments Under the Governor's Office

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Office of the Chief of Staff

The current Chief of Staff is Rt. Hon. Istifanus Gbana. 

Functions of the Office

1. Head of Government House Administration.
2. Chief of Operations.
3. Office Manager.
4. Chief Strategist.
5. Policy Adviser.
6. Gubernatorial Vica.
7. Guardian of the Palace.
8. Head Hunter.
9. Crisis Coordinator.
10. Personal confidant.
11. Any other responsibility as may be assigned by the Governor.

Previous Chiefs of Staff

Previous Chiefs of Staff

1.Hon. Rebo Usman EhwanMay 2015 – August 2018
2.Mallam Aminu Jika August 2014 – May 2015
3.Mr Garvey A. Yaweh January 2007 – August 2014
4.Hon. Danladi Tijos Baido June 2007 – December 2007
5.Mallam Aminu December 2003 – May 2007
6.Mr Pius B. Danba December 2000 – November 2003
7.Mr Joshua Kalla June 2000 – December 2000
Permanent Secretary – Government House

Mr. Chindo Audu

Chief Protocol to the Governor

Mr Kabiru Marafa

Personal Physician/Director Medical Services
Security – Chief Security Officer to the Governor
Chief Maintenance Officer
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor

Mr. Iliya Bekyu

Director – Finance
Transport Officer