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Taraba @30: Gov. Ishaku’s Goodwill Message

Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku,

Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku, Executive Governor, Taraba State.

On this auspicious occasion of the 30th anniversary of the creation of Taraba State, I wish to join all of you – the good people of the state – in thanking God for this milestone in the life of our dear state and for the remarkable progress recorded during this period.

The creation of the state 30 years ago was, no doubt, a watershed in the social and economic lives of the people. It has quickened the pace of social and economic development. The state now has expansive and functional educational institutions with a highly rated state university – Taraba State University – as the icing cake of this progress. Our schools are among the best in the country and our WAEC performance statistics occupy the number one position in the entire Northern states.

The state can also now boast of a good network of urban and rural roads and an airport, all of which have made movement of people and goods a lot easier, safer and more comfortable.

Access to health facilities has been greatly enhanced and our hospitals and clinics are not only many but can now boast of modern facilities and a corps of highly trained and motivated healthcare personnel.

Most of our urban and rural communities now enjoy clean water and fairly regular electricity power. The quality of life has substantially improved through empowerment and poverty alleviation programmes of this administration and its predecessors.

The human empowerment programme of my administration and that of the Hope Afresh Foundation of my Wife, Anna Darius Ishaku, have cumulatively redeemed over 12,000 women and youths from unemployment and abject poverty.

We also resumed fresh recruitments into the state civil service which had remained banned for over 20 years. This decision is a manifestation of the humane face of my administration.

My administration is credited with outstanding credentials in agricultural development through its farmers support programmes. Taraba under my watch has become a major producer of rice, assorted vegetables, soya beans, cassava and sesame. Tea farming and tea production has regained fresh vigour and impetus. Today, Highland tea is a global brand.

But the pivot of all these achievements is peace which my administration labored for and achieved. Our peace mantra –“Give me Peace and I will give you development” worked magic. I am happy that our people now know the importance of peace and have shown a lot more commitment and desire to live together peacefully.

All these achievements could not have happened at the speed they did if the state was not created. That is why we remain eternally grateful to our leaders, past and present, who championed the demand for the creation of Taraba State.

We must also use this opportunity to salute all those who, at one point in time or the other, superintended the state as chief executives for their patriotism, couraage and commitment to the welfare of the state and its people. The remarkable progress that Taraba State has made in 30 years is a product of their collective effort.

It is, however, true that despite all that has been achieved over the years, the state has not attained the level of development that we all wish for. There is yet a lot more to be achieved. In fact, the state is at this moment still work in progress. For example, we have not done much to promote tourism which is a leading economic potential in the state.

Mining also remains virtually untapped in Taraba State. All these are due to the problems of insecurity. All hands must, therefore, be on deck so that we can overcome these obstacles that hinder our progress as a state.

I wish, therefore, to use this opportunity to call on all Tarabans, irrespective of their political persuasion and religious beliefs, to join hands in the task of lifting the state to greater heights.

Let me use this opportunity to thank our people for their support for my administration and to assure them that we are determined to leave behind legacies that they will all be proud of at the end of our tenure.

I congratulate all of you on this important day in the life of our state and urge you to remain steadfast in your loyalty and support for the state.



Governor Ishaku

Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku at the PDP’s Governor’s Forum Meeting Held in Bauchi State.

Governors elected on the platform of the PDP met in Bauchi, Bauchi State on 26th July 2021.

The meeting deliberated once again on the state of the nation, reviewed the deteriorating state of our democracy, the economic and security situation in the country, the state of the PDP as the main opposition platform in Nigeria, and arrived at the following decisions;

1. On the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, the Governors identified with the need for a free, fair and credible elections in the country and called on the National Assembly to entrench Electronic transmission of results of elections in the nation’s electoral jurisprudence.

2. The meeting requested Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the only body empowered by the Constitution to conduct elections, to deploy appropriate technologies necessary to ensure that the votes of every Nigerian is counted and made to count. The meeting further called on the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), especially, the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF), Nigerian Communications Satellite Ltd (NIGCOMSAT), Telephone Companies (Telcos) and all relevant stakeholders to ensure that universal access and service of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are provided
especially in rural, un-served and under-served areas of the country before the 2023 General elections.

3. The meeting condemned the attempt to foist on all political parties, one method of conducting primaries, that is, by DIRECT METHOD ONLY, through the Electoral Act Amendment Bill. The Governors noted that the method is prone to massive rigging, as evidenced by a situation where President Buhari scored about 15 million votes in the 2018 APC Direct Primaries only to score 15 million votes from the entire country in the 2019 General Election. The Governors advised that political parties, should be allowed to decide whether to use direct or indirect method of conducting primaries as part of internal democracy in political

4. The Governors reiterated, once again, the need for the NNPC and other revenue generating agencies of Government to strictly abide by the Constitution by remitting all their Revenue less cost of Production into the Federation Account as provided for by S.162 of the Constitution.

5. The meeting condemned, once again, the use of underhand tactics to arm twist some PDP Governors and other stakeholders to join the APC, a political party that has wrecked Nigeria’s economy, turned Nigeria into a killing field and has nothing to offer Nigerians but misery and bad governance.

6. The Governors condemned Mr President and APC for turning the Presidential Villa, that belongs to all Nigerians, into the new APC headquarters, where coerced PDP members are being paraded at intervals.

7. On the economy, the meeting admonished the APC Federal Government to collaborate more with State Governments to stem the unemployment scourge affecting the youths of Nigeria, through technology and increased production in all fields of endeavour, reiterating that Government should stop paying lip service on the Ease of Doing Business, as foreign direct investments have continued to fall partly due to obstacles placed on foreign companies wishing to invest in Nigeria. A glaring example is that of FACEBOOK who insisted on investing in Nigeria rather than Ghana, and is being frustrated by regulatory authorities.

8. On security of lives and properties, in addition to our earlier recommendations, it is time to bring the activities of bandits, kidnappers and terrorists to an end, through increased use of military equipment, traditional means of conflict resolution and technology for surveillance and the development of the political will to flush them out. Kidnapping, banditry and terrorism ARE NOT BUSINESS VENTURES as claimed by APC but heinous STATE CRIMES, that is destroying the Nigerian economy, the educational and social future of our children and causing significant social upheavals in society, the PDP Governors admonished.

9. The PDP Governors enjoined all Nigerians of goodwill to take advantage of the ongoing registration of Voters by INEC to register to vote, thereby arming themselves with the necessary tools in the struggle to RESCUE NIGERIA from the APC maladministration.

Furthermore, the general public, especially our Youths and Women are implored to use the opportunity of the PDP E REGISTRATION exercise which will kick off soon, to register as PDP members, while PDP Members should update their membership electronically.

10. The Governors thanked the Chief Host, His Excellency, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohamed, CON, of Bauchi State for providing a conducive atmosphere for the meeting and for the huge difference he has made in provision of infrastructure and general welfare of citizens of Bauchi State, the Pearl of Tourism.

In attendance are:
Rt. Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, CFR – Sokoto State – Chairman
Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu -Abia State – Vice Chairman
Gov. Udom Emmanuel – Akwa Ibom State – Member
Gov. Sen. Douye Diri – Bayelsa State – Member
Gov. Samuel Ortom -Benue State -Member
Gov. Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa – Delta State – Member
Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi – Enugu State – Member
Gov. Nyesom Wike, CON – Rivers State – Member
Gov. Engr. Oluseyi Abiodun Makinde – Oyo State – Member
Gov. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri -Adamawa State -Member
Gov. Godwin Obaseki – Edo State -Member
Gov. Bala Mohammed -Bauchi State – Member
Gov. Arc Darius Ishaku -Taraba State -Member
Deputy Gov. Mahdi Mohd -Zamfara State -Deputy Governor

Gov. Ishaku’s Son Weds in Kaduna

Gov. Ishaku’s Son Weds in Kaduna

Governor Ishaku's Son Weds in Kaduna

Former President Goodluck Jonathan Attends the Wedding Ceremony of Taraba state Governor’s Son in Kaduna State.

The wedding solemnisation between Darius Ikan-Tubui Ishaku and Zulaihatu Hannatu Ibrahim took place in Kaduna on Saturday July 17, 2021 at Our Saviours Anglican Church, Katsina Road, Kaduna.

The ceremony which was attended by former President Goodluck Jonathan and several serving and former governors drew a large crowd from all parts of the country.

Both the church auditorium and the reception arena were filled beyond their capacies.

President Muhammadu Buhari was represented by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor.

The Taraba State Deputy Governor, Engr. Haruna Manu and his wife, speaker of the Taraba State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Albasu Kunini and virtually all members of the House, members of the state Executive Council, traditional rulers, chairmen of all the Local Government Council Areas and their spouses and many other federal and state governments officials from around the country were also in attendance.

Traditional troupes from Taraba State were also fully there to provide entertainment at the reception and other side events organised as part of the ceremony.

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

“We Will Reposition Agriculture as Bedrock of the Economy in Taraba State” – Gov. Ishaku

“We Will Reposition Agriculture as Bedrock of the Economy in Taraba State” – Gov. Ishaku

Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku has assured that his administration remains resolute in its determination to reposition agriculture as the bedrock of the state’s economy.

Ishaku who spoke in Government House, Jalingo, on Friday during the inauguration of the Governing Council of the College of Agriculture and the swearing in ceremony of the chairman and members of the State Independent Electoral Commission, SIEC, said inspite of the challenges posed by insecurity and communal crises in the state, his administration has made significant progress in repositioning agriculture as a lucrative enterprise.

He said many people in the state were now into farming business on various scales and levels as a result of which Taraba State has joined the league of major producers of rice, maize, beniseed, soya beans and cassava, among others.

He said his government’s efforts in promoting agriculture has resulted in a situation whereby Taraba State is now contributing substantially to the food needs of the country.

The Governor said the ultimate goal of the state is to produce enough rice to meet the needs of the country and save the country the huge expenditure on importation.

He assured that his administration will assist farmers to secure financial assistance from local and international financial institutions to boost food production.

Governor Ishaku urged the Governing Council of the College of Agriculture to key into this policy of government for quicker results and advised the Council of the institution to come up with innovative ideas that can help farmers become more productive.

The Governing Council of the institution is headed by Dr Muhammed Shatta, a former minister.

Turning to the board of SIEC, Governor Ishaku praised the organisation for consistently asserting its independence and for conducting elections that were free, fair and credible.

He urged the commission to remain focused and should not be distracted by false accusations.

The board of SIEC is headed by Dr Phillip Duwe who also spoke on behalf of the two boards that were inaugurated.

Dr Duwe praised the Governor for always being meticulous in the choice of those who work with him and advised him not to listen to gossips.

He said that those of them honoured with these appointments would not disappoint the Governor “because we know that with every responsibility given, there are expectations.”

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

Gov. Ishaku Felicitates With Muslims at Eid-El-Fitr

Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku has, on behalf of himself, the Government and people of Taraba State, congratulated Muslims in the state for successfully participating in the annual Ramadan fasting which has ushered in Eid-El-Fitr being marked today.
Governor Ishaku praised the Muslim Ummah in the state for subjecting themselves to the discipline and self denial that is always the trademark of Ramadan fasting and prayed that Allah grants them their prayers for this great act of sacrifice.
Governor Ishaku expressed happiness that peace has gradually returned to virtually all communities in the state and commended them for their support for the efforts of government that made this possible.
He called for vigilance against terrorists and kidnappers who are still lurking around in many towns and villages and making the roads and the farms unsafe for our people.
He lamented the damage which insurgency and kidnappings have done to farming in the state and called for unity across ethnic and religious devide against insecurity.
He congratulated all Tarabans for their support and cooperation in the fight against COVID-19 and urged those who have not yet  been vaccinated against the pandemic to do so without hesitation.
He wished the Muslim Ummah a happy Eid-el-Fitr celebrations.
Special Adviser to the Governor.
(Media and Publicity)



Taraba State Governor, His Excellency Arc Darius Dickson Ishaku has enjoined Christians in the state not to allow the lessons of Easter – the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ – to elude them as they mark this year’s event. He reminded them of the importance and significance of Easter in the Christian Calendar and described it as the period that Christ, the Son of God, demonstrated the greatest act of compassion, humility, and sacrifice for mankind to have salvation.

Governor Ishaku urged Christians to constantly remind themselves of the virtues of peace and forgiveness which Christ amply demonstrated throughout his trial and crucifixion and to allow these virtues to reflect in their conduct and relationship with fellow Christians and humanity generally.

He expressed happiness that peace has gradually returned to the trouble spots and communities in Taraba State and assured that everything will be done to ensure that this achievement is sustained. He pleaded with Tarabans of all ethnic backgrounds, religious faiths, and political affiliations to forget their differences and to work together in the interest of peace and development.

He called for unity and vigilance against insecurity. He said the government was working hard with security agencies to end kidnappings and killings of innocent people by criminals and solicited the support of all men and women of goodwill towards the success of these efforts.
Gov Ishaku wished Christians happy Easter celebrations but also reminded them to take the COVID-19 vaccination which is now available in the state and to continue to observe all protocols against the spread of the pandemic.

Special Adviser to the Governor
(Media and Publicity)