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Taraba Government to Launch Endowment and Empowerment Fund to Rebuild Takum, Other Crisis Areas

Taraba Government to Launch Endowment and Empowerment Fund to Rebuild Takum, Other Crisis Areas

Hassan Garba.

The Governor of Taraba state, Dr. Agbu Kefas has said that his administration will soon launch an endowment and empowerment fund for the rebuilding of Takum and other areas affected by crises in the state.

Dr Agbu Kefas disclosed this on Wednesday at the Exco Chamber Government House, Jalingo while receiving the report of the visitation Panel set up to tour projects executed by Gen. TY Danjuma in the area.

He added that friends and other well wishers will be invited to contribute to the rebuilding of the areas.

According to him, the gesture will bring about forgiveness and healing of wounds in the areas that have experienced conflicts.

Dr. Agbu Kefas said the time has passed when nothing good or positive is said about Taraba except negativity.

He solicited the support and cooperation of all irrespective of party affiliations to change the narrative about Taraba for the better.

Dr Agbu Kefas said many projects are in Takum and it is now left for the state to utilize them for the benefit of the people.

The Governor assured that his administration will do everything possible to improve the lives of the common people in the state

Governor Agbu Kefas also reiterated the determination of his administration to do justice to the people of the state and urged the people to embrace any positive change that will come their way.

He also disclosed that a five Star hotel will be built in Takum to provide accommodations for tourists who will be visiting the state.

He urged the Panel to plead with the families having lands close to the Gen. TY Danjuma University Takum to sell it to the state which will be donated for the expansion of the University project.

The leader of the visitation panel to Takum, Dr. Emmanuel Lawson, while presenting the report, commended Gen. TY Danjuma for conceiving the University in Takum and said when completed it will be a world-class institution that will impact on the development of the state.

Dr. Emmanuel Lawson said virtually all the projects cited by Gen. TY Danjuma in Takum were meant to service the public and not for profit making.

The panel suggested that the Taraba State government should constitute a team to appreciate General TY Danjuma for the impactful projects cited in Takum which are beneficial to all indigenes of the state and Nigeria at large.

The panel urged the government to also create a forum or platform to bring together elites from Southern Taraba to discuss ways and modalities for lasting peace in the zone.


World Cancer Day: Taraba First Lady Advocates Early Detection and Healthy Living

World Cancer Day: Taraba First Lady Advocates Early Detection and Healthy Living

The First Lady of Taraba State, Mrs. Agyin Kefas has reiterated the importance of early diagnosis, disease awareness, and timely medical checks in combating the menace of cancer. Mrs. Kefas emphasized the need to spread awareness about cancer risks while dispelling the notion that it is invariably a death sentence.

She underscored the pivotal role of early detection in effectively tackling cancer, stressing the necessity for collaborative efforts among stakeholders to enhance education and awareness, particularly in rural areas. She emphasized that through proactive measures and community engagement, the impact of cancer can be mitigated.

Highlighting the significance of healthy living, Mrs. Kefas emphasized the role of dietary discipline and lifestyle choices in cancer prevention. She urged individuals to adopt healthy eating habits and prioritize overall wellness to reduce the risk of developing cancer.

World Cancer Day serves as a global platform to raise awareness and mobilize action against cancer. The day encourages individuals, organizations, and communities worldwide to unite in the fight against all forms of cancer, emphasizing prevention, early detection, treatment, and support for those affected by the disease.

Mrs. Agyin Kefas’s advocacy underscores Taraba State’s commitment to addressing the challenges posed by cancer and promoting public health initiatives aimed at improving the well-being of its citizens. As the world comes together to confront the scourge of cancer, Mrs. Kefas’s call for proactive measures and healthy lifestyle choices resonates as a beacon of hope and resilience in the fight against this formidable adversary.

Security: Taraba Government Distributes Utility Vans to Boost Security Agencies

Security: Taraba Government Distributes Utility Vans to Boost Security Agencies

In an effort to combat crime, secure lives and properties in the state, the Taraba state government under the leadership of Dr Agbu Kefas distributed JAC utility vans to the state leadership of the Nigeria Police and that of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corp NSCDC.

The governor who was represented by the Secretary to the government of the state Chief Barr. Gebon Timothy Kataps made the presentation at the government house Jalingo.

Gov. Agbu Kefas Donates Vehicles to 2nd and 3rd Class Chiefs – Hassan Garba

Gov. Agbu Kefas Donates Vehicles to 2nd and 3rd Class Chiefs – Hassan Garba

Since his emergence, the Governor of Taraba State, Dr. Agbu Kefas has continued to give prominence to traditional rulers in the state more than any other administration in the past.

First, he approved free medical treatment for all the traditional rulers in the state; ranging from Third, Second, and First Class Chiefs. The gesture is the first of its kind in the history of the state.

Recently, the Governor gave out brand new Prado Jeeps to all the 1st class traditional rulers in the state.

On Thursday the, first of February 2024, 2nd Class traditional rulers received JAC pick-up vans while the 3rd Class Chiefs received brand new Highlander Jeeps.

This gesture no doubt would aid the traditional institution in the state to perform its functions effectively by complementing government efforts in the maintenance and sustainability of peace in all nooks and crannies of the state.

Just recently, the Governor led the traditional rulers on project inspection visits to Takum and Kashimbila and assured them that his administration will continue to carry them along in its developmental programmes and activities.

Dr. Agbu Kefas has indeed restored confidence in governance in Just eight months of his administration.

The Governor had extended a similar kind gesture to some prominent and critical stakeholders who have contributed significantly to the growth and development of Taraba State.

Taraba Had Fulfilled Its Financial Obligations to UBEC – Commissioner of Education

Taraba Had Fulfilled Its Financial Obligations to UBEC – Commissioner of Education

Taraba State Commissioner of Education, Dr. Augustina Godwin

In a resolute demonstration of its commitment to education, the Taraba State Government has ensured the full payment of its counterpart funding to the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), amounting to 1,395,784,959.14. This decisive action underscores the state’s unwavering dedication to supporting educational initiatives aimed at enhancing learning outcomes for its citizens.

The assertion comes in response to a legal suit filed by Barrister Femi Falana against the federal government and 36 states, including Taraba, regarding the non-payment of counterpart funding to institutions like UBEC. However, the Taraba State Commissioner of Education, Dr. Augustina Godwin, swiftly clarified the state’s position, affirming that Taraba had fulfilled its financial obligations to UBEC.

The payment, which was promptly made following Governor Dr. Agbu Kefas’s assumption of office in June 2023, exemplifies Taraba State’s proactive approach to education financing and its commitment to upholding its responsibilities.

Addressing concerns surrounding the legal action, the State Attorney General, Barr Maikasuwa Yakubu (SAN), emphasized that Taraba State’s diligent fulfillment of its obligations exempts it from inclusion in the suit. He further highlighted the state’s significant allocation of 24% of its 2024 budget to education, reaffirming its dedication to educational advancement.

Governor Dr. Agbu Kefas’s declaration of free education upon assuming office has yielded remarkable results, with the state witnessing a notable reduction in the number of out-of-school children and a staggering 300% increase in school enrollment since September. The ripple effects of this initiative extend beyond the classroom, with reports of Taraba indigenes relocating back to the state to take advantage of the educational opportunities provided, thereby bolstering economic activities within the state.


S’Court Verdict: Taraba Erupts in Jubilation as Massive Crowds Gather for Rallies

S’Court Verdict: Taraba Erupts in Jubilation as Massive Crowds Gather for Rallies

Following the victory at the Supreme Court on Thursday, a massive crowd of supporters stormed Jalingo streets in anticipation of Governor Agbu Kefas triumphant entry into the state capital.

Although the governor could not make the trip from Abuja due to bad weather, the crowd nonetheless marched through streets chanting victory songs.

One of the supporters who gave his name as Salisu said he trekked from a neighboring community to be in Jalingo to demonstrate his solidarity.

Noticeably, as news from the apex Court filtered into the state, the local governments erupted in jubilation with street marches and solidarity songs.

A party stalwart from one of the local governments, Mrs Asabe, said they are prepared to wait for the governor’s coming no matter how long it would take. She said their joys knew no bounds as a heavy burden has been rolled away.
Thursday’s verdict by the Supreme Court brought to closure months of litigations and legal feud seen by many as a mere distraction. A legal practitioner opined that the courts must not entertain such frivolous suits next time as it amounts to a waste of time.

However, Governor Agbu Kefas, who earlier commented on the verdict praised the Judiciary and said it was a victory for democracy. He noted that the success stories recorded so far in the state would increase now that all distractions are gone.

Also commenting, many leaders across the state said the verdict aligns with the popular wish of citizens. Describing it as a referendum on the performance of the governor so far, they said Dr Kefas would now be free to do more for the state.

Meanwhile, commentators also continue to applaud the Judiciary for standing on the side of truth and fairness. They stressed that the landmark judgement has strengthen jurisprudence and boosted democracy.

– Emmanuel Bello
Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Digital Communications