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About: Ministry of Information & Reorientation

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Agencies in the Ministry:

Agencies under the Ministry includes;

  • Taraba Television Corporation (TTV).
  • Taraba State Broadcasting Services (TSBS).
  • Government Printing Press.

Functions of the Ministry:

The functions of the Ministry includes;

  1. Propagation and interpretation of the Policies and Programmes of the State Government.
  2. Enlightenment and Mobilization of the Public for the Support of Government Policies and Programmes.
  3. Implementation of all Official activities Relating to Information Dissemination in the State through the Electronic Print, Visual (Film) and Oral Media.
  4. Provision of Policy on Public Re-orientation and managing the State’s Website.
  5. Coordinates, Supervise and check excesses of all Media Houses, Organs and Bodies operating on Public Re-orientation.

Achievements of the Ministry:

The Ministry has achieved the following;

  • Digitalization of Taraba Television (TTV).
  • Construction of New Studios at TTV permanent site.
  • Fencing of T.S.B.S
  • Purchase of 300kva generating set for T.S.B.S.
  • Provision of Internet Services at Jalingo Airport.

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The Commissioner

Rt. Hon. Anthony Galadima Danburam, the Honourable Commissioner of the Ministry was born on the 15th of June, 1960. He hails from Lau Local Government Area and is a widower with three (3) children.

He began his educational career at SUM Transferred Primary School, Didango- Lau from 1969-1975, after which he proceeded to Barewa College, Zaria from 1975-1979 and GSS, Jalingo from 1979-1981. He then attended the University of Maiduguri from 1982-1987 and the Nigeria Law School, Victoria Island, Lagos, from 1987-1988.

Rt. Hon. Danburam has won 85% of cases handled in court since his enrolment into the Supreme Court as a Barrister and Solicitor 28years ago.

Other achievements include:

  • Best performing Local Government Chairman by Baseline Global ventures-2012.
  • Distinguished Northern Advisers Award for Excellence and Exemplary Leadership and Local Government Chairman of the year-2014.
  • Common Wealth Leadership Price-2014.
  • Local Government Merit Award (LOGMA) for best Chairman of the year-2013.

He attended the Anti-Corruption Workshop, Abuja in 2014.

Political Appointments:

Rt. Hon. Danburam has held the following political appointments;

  • Elected Member, Tarabab State House of Assembly (Kunini/Abbare) State Constituency-1992.
  • Elected Pioneer Speaker, Taraba State House of Assembly-1992.
  • Commissioner, House of assembly Commission-2007.
  • Elected Executive Chairman, Lau Local Government Area-2012.
  • Appointed Commissioner for Information and Re-orientation, Taraba State-2015-Date.

He has also done a Publication on “The impact of Legislation on Customary Land Tenure in Northern Nigeria-1987.

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The Permanent Secretary

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Names Department
Mrs. Patricia R. Domna Administration and Finance
Mr Emmanuel D. Apwakun Information
Mr Taninga Danjuma Planning, Research and Statistics
Mr Ibrahim DanAzumi Public Relations
Mr Emmanuel Tabki Radio Services
Mrs Jummai R. Hamza Television Services
Mr Christopher Hassan U. Mass Mobilization

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Director – Information

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Mr Emmanuel David Apwakun

Mr Emmanuel David Apwakun, the Director, Information, was born on the 15th of March 1960 and hails from Ussa Local Government Area. He is married with five (5) children.

Mr Apwakun began his educational career at the Dozomga Primary School, Donga, from 1967-1970 and E.K.A.S (TRANS) Primary School, Ibbi from 1971-1973 after which he proceeded to Government College, Markudi from 1973-1978 and then enrolled at the University of Maiduguri and Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Jos Campus, from 1980-1984 and 1994 respectively.

Professional Achievements

His Professional Achievements include;

  • Secretary, the Nigeria Union of Journalists, (NUJ) Taraba State Council, 1999-2001.
  • Chairman, the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) ethics and disciplinary Committee, 2012-2015.
  • Member, the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) ethics/disciplinary committee, 2015-date.

Workshops Attended

He has also attended the following Workshops;

  • Gender Mainstreaming (TRS/UNICEF) -9th March 1998.
  • Press and the Transition Programme (NUJ/TRS)-6th January 1998.
  • 3 months Training in Journalism and Newspaper Production, Benin-31st July 1998.
  • GCMN Training on Discipleship Evangelism-6th March 2004.
  • HIV/AIDS Sensitization Workshop (TACA)-2009.
  • ITF Training on work ethics and production improvement-5th August 2011.
  • Security Awareness Training Eagle Watch-22nd September 2012.
  • Training on Standard Operating Procedure for Ebola V.D-December, 2014.

He also did a production on a swing of the pestle (A Novel)-2010 and enjoys Writing, Preaching, Watching films and Farming.


Director – Planning, Research and Statistics

Mr Taninga Danjuma Ubangari, a Director in the Ministry was born on 12th February 1957 and hails from Donga Local Government Area. He is married with five (5) children.

Mr Taninga started his educational career at NA Primary School (now Donzomga) from 1964-1969 and proceeded to Government Secondary School, Otukpo from 1970-1974. He then enrolled into UNIBADAN (Jos Campus) from 1974-1975, ATC, Zaria from 1976-1977 and Bayero University, Kano, from 1977-1981.

Workshops Attended

He has attended the following workshops;

  • Civil Service Orientation-1983.
  • EP Mobilisation Workshop, 1986-1988.
  • National Wheat Production-1990.
  • Public Relations Workshop, Lagos-1994.
  • Strategic Image making, Shiroro Hotel, Minna-1994.
  • UNICEF workshops, 1996-2003.
  • World Bank workshop on Avian Influenza, Kaduna-2007.
  • Workshops on IDPs organised by WB, EU, UNHCR (ongoing).

He enjoys Lawn Tennis and fishing.

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Director – Mass Mobilization

Min. of Inform. Dir Mass Communication

Mr Christopher Hassan Utan

Mr Christopher Hassan Utan, a Director in the Ministry hails from Takum Local Government Area. He was born on the 5th of January, 1959 and is married with three (3) children.

Mr Christopher began his educational career at the E.K.A.S Primary School, Lupwue, Takum Local Government Area, from 1968-1970 and E.K.A.S Primary School, Takum from 1970-1972 after which he enrolled at Government College, Keffi, Plateau State, 1973-1978 and then proceeded to COLLEGE OF Preliminary Studies, Yola, Adamawa State from 1979-1980 and Ahmadu Bello  University, Zaria, Kaduna State, 1981-1984.

Other Achievements

His Other achievements include;

  • Best Corpers’ Award, Gummi Local Government, Sokoto State, 1984-1985.
  • Principals Award for the best corper, GSS, Gummi, 1984-1985.
  • The most dedicated Teaching Staff, GSS, Gummi, 1984-1985.
  • The most committed House Master, GSS, Gummi, 1984-1985.
  • T.A Award for the best Teaching Staff, GDSS, Bantaji-1993.
  • A subject teacher with the best result in WASSC, GSS, Numan-1991.
Workshops Attended

He has attended the following workshops;

  • Labour in the Modern Society-1994.
  • The Role of Public Relation Officers of the Press towards Transition Programme, Jalingo-1999.
  • The Role of Public Relation Officers in Effective Management of an Organization-2002.
  • Work ethics/productivity Improvement-2011.
  • Towards improving the Electoral Process-2014.
  • Taraba state Workshop on Women and Youth Vocational Entrepreneurship Development Programme.

He made a Publication on “The role of effective communication in Public health”, Takum: A Case Study.

Mr Christopher Hassan Utan enjoys Sports, reading, farming and fishing.[/fusion_toggle][fusion_toggle title=”Past Commissioners” open=”no”]

Past Commissioners that served in the Ministry are given in the Table below;
Name Duration
Mr. Emmanuel Bello 24th November, 2014 – 2015
Mr. Ateh Sale Kundu 11th November, 2013 – 2014
Mr. Emmanuel Bello 14th June, 2011 – 2013
Alh. Aminu Jika 25th May, 2011 – 2013
Mr. Dandikulu Bala S.
Mr. John Musa
Barr. Tanko Mohammed
Alh. Inuwa Gassol
Mr. Samusi Abwage

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Names Duration
Mr. Amos Wanmi September, 2015 –  April, 2016
Mrs. Suzi Nathan 26th May, 2014
Mr. Major Abba 23rd January, 2014
Mrs. Lydia Ambitumi 17th April, 2012
Alh. Aliyu Saleh M.
Mrs. Saratu Nuhu 22nd November, 2011
Mr. Christopher Adamu
Dr. Hamid Moh’d
Mr. Charles Mijinyawa
Mrs. Heidi Nyam
Alh. Hassan Adamu 4th July, 2007
Mrs. Asabe Mai’angwa
Mr. Joshua Musa
Alh. Habu Sani Kona
Mr. Joshua Garba
Mr. Jacob Kami
Dr. Umar
Mr. Barau Banti Nyako

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