In an effort to combat drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking, Taraba state government in collaboration with the NDLEA have destroyed illicit drugs worth over 200 million naira in Jalingo, Taraba state.
The drugs were set on fire by His Excellency Engr. Haruna Manu who represented the Executive Governor, His Excellency, Arch. Darius Dickson Ishaku.
The Commandant NDLEA, Mr. Peter Onche Odaudu said these drugs were confiscated from dealers who smuggles them into the state for their selfish reasons.
The drugs range from tramadol of over 364 kilograms and worth over 50 million naira, cannabis sativa of over 367.606 kilograms, seven tones of deadly weeds popular known as wee-wee and other drugs.
He appreciated the state government for their support in fighting this menace which has eaten deep into the lives of our youths.
The commandant said it is worthwhile to appreciate the captain of the rescue mission for his quantifiable and unflinching assistance to the Command and dependable ally on the war against drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking.
His Excellency, Arch. Darius Dickson Ishaku ably represented by his deputy, Engr. Haruna Manu today gave out cheques worth millions of naira to Local Governments in the state as well as brand new mobile clinic vans.
The program which is themed: Maiden Fund Disbursement and Official Launching of NSHIP, took place at the office of the Primary Health Care Development Agency Jalingo.
The program which is in line with the rescue agenda of Gov. Ishaku for healthier results and improved health outcomes captured over 6 LG areas for Phase One.
Governor Ishaku speaking, urged the people to make use of this opportunity and avail themselves to this program so that they will benefit from it, especially in the area of child delivery.
The governor, however, warned that he will not take it lightly with anyone found misappropriating the funds released for the program.
He charged the LG chairmen to watch the implementation for the disbursement of the funds closely.
The funds disbursed ranged from 48 million naira and above for each LG attached with a brand new Mobile clinic van to the six local governments captured in phase one.
Some of the local governments captured includes Ardo Kola, Sardauna, Gassol, Takum, and two others.
The program is focused on strengthening health governance institutions, strengthening social and financial accountability, health facility autonomy, incentivizing health work effect, management of financial resources, strategic purchase of healthcare services, community engagement and ownership and protection of vulnerable groups.
The Executive Secretary, Primary health Care Alh. Aminu Hassan said Governor Ishaku has been so concerned about the well being of Tarabans especially the common man.
He said this is the first phase of the program which will so much affect lives positively.
Alh. Hassan that the governor’s prompt release and payment of counterpart funds have put them way ahead of many states in the federation and admonished the people to take advantage of this program so as to always have a safe delivery and enjoy good health.
Gov. Ishaku seated together with the Honourable Commissioner for Health, Dr. Innocent Vakkai at the Flag off Ceremony.
Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku says his administration will continue to accord top priority to the health sector to enhance the psychological well being and productivity of citizens especially those with visual impairment.
He made the declaration when he flagged off a free eye care treatment organised by the State Government in conjunction with Mirai Group of Surgeons from Israel at the State Specialist Hospital, Jalingo.
“the eye is very critical and begs for immediate attention which needs experts to handle with uttermost care”.
The governor charged health professionals of the Specialist Hospital to avail themselves to learn new skills being displayed by their visiting colleagues and build cordial relationship that will enhance professional cross pollination of ideas and capacity building.
Governor Ishaku revealed that his administration had carried out several interventions in the health sector by reviving decayed infrastructure, strengthening of human resource including preventive and curative health interventions.
He thanked Tarabans for voting him in 2015 and asked them to re-elect him in 2019 to reap more dividends of democracy.
Earlier, the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Innocent Vakkai remarked that the project by foreign experts in Ophthalmology was one of the many benefits provided by Governor Ishaku with more laudable projects billed for commissioning before the end of his administration.
Vakkai encouraged those with any form of visual impairment to seize the opportunity to enjoy free professional diagnosis and treatment.
Commenting, representative of the Mirai Group, Roy Tal assured people of the State of effective service delivery during the one week exercise and thanked Governor Ishaku for giving them the opportunity to work in the State.
Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku has demonstrated his administration’s support to the tune a Hundred Million Naira for the establishment of a rehabilitation centre at the Taraba State Specialist Hospital, Jalingo.
He made the pledge at the foundation laying ceremony of the centre which took place in Jalingo the State capital.
Governor Ishaku revealed that the spate of drugs and other related banned substances abuse was having devastating effect on the youths and the vulnerable in the State and stressed that his administration would do the needful to curb the menace.
“I have said it over time that my administration will not leave any stone unturned in ensuring citizens of Taraba enjoy sustainable health benefits. This Government is committed to meeting one of its cardinal objectives which is affordable health care services for all in the State”.
He assured that the Government would make the earmarked sum a part of his administration’s 2019 budget.
Earlier, wife of the Governor, Barrister Anna Ishaku the initiator of the project expressed her delight over the foundation laying ceremony and noted that establishing the centre was coming at a critical time when the productive years of the youths was wasting away due to substance abuse.
“It is quite disheartening to see the level of drug abuse in the State as it brings to mind the sad reminder that the earlier a facility is built to help in rehabilitation, the better for all. We see this initiative as a sense of commitment of the Hope Afresh Foundation Taraba for the betterment of Tarabans.”
In the same vein, the Commissioner of Health, Dr Innocent Vakai noted that the rehabilitation centre will be of immense benefit to the State as the cost incurred for treatment in private facilities would be greatly subsidized.
Meanwhile, the Chief Medical Director of the Specialist Hospital, Dr Alex Maiangwa commended the wife of the Governor for the initiative and assured that the management of the hospital would work with the Foundation for efficient service delivery.
The Hope Health Center an offshoot of the Hope Afresh Foundation Taraba, has marked its first year anniversary.
His Excellency, Arc. Darius Ishaku with his wife, Barr. Anna Ishaku celebrating the one year anniversary of Hope Health Centre in Jalingo.
The center which was established by Her Excellency Barrister Anna Darius Ishaku is a rehabilitation centre for the treatment of people battling with drug and substance abuse.
Mrs. Ishaku disclosed that she was moved to open the centre when she was confronted with pathetic stories of persons involved with drug abuse and other related addictions.
She revealed that the center was a direct investment from her office to help giveTarabans trapped in the world of drug addiction an exit route through rehabilitation.
“It was a concern to me when I heard the story of a priest who was battling with drug abuse and I thought it wise to set up a facility that will help those looking for an easy way to stay away from drugs.
“The center is not mine but it is my little contribution to making Tarabans come out of the scourge of drug addiction which has devastating effect on the overall well-being of those abusing it”.
She paid tribute to the pioneer staff of the centre who have been very dedicated to service and helping people undergoing rehabilitation at the center and urged them to be steadfast as the sacrifice for humanity can only be divinely rewarded.
In his remarks, Taraba Governor Darius Ishaku who was the special guest of honour promised to build a proper rehabilitation centre that will be affiliated with the State Specialist Hospital.
He praised the good work the foundation was doing to help reduce the rate of people becoming insane due to addiction from drugs and stressed on the need for the center’s activities to be documented and stored to enable future leaders of the state consolidate on the inroads being made by the center.
“We are at a critical time in our history as a State. I therefore believe the problem of reducing the menace of insanity from drug related problems is to have a befitting rehabilitation center. I will ensure the center’s funding is captured in the 2019 budget”
According to Father Cyracus Kamai, the problem of drug addiction is beyond what many in the society can comprehend. He commended Mrs Ishaku for establishing the center, claiming it to be the best pet project by any First Lady of the state.
The anniversary which served as a fundraiser for the center had notable individuals, groups and organizations who made cash donations for the upkeep of clients at the center.
Highlight of the occasion was testimonies from clients who had graduated from the center.
Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku has commissioned a well equipped maternity ward at the General Hospital, Warwar in Sardauna Local Government Area.
He also donated an ambulance to the health facility to tackle emergency cases and improve health care delivery in the surrounding villages.
The Governor who is on a one week working visit to the area also commissioned a pipe borne water project and a bridge and visited some remote villages in Warwar, Vakude, Mbamnga among others.
According to him, the Warwar General Hospital was among the hospitals on his list of priorities and he was fulfilled to see that he had kept his campaign promise to the people.
“Health is one of the priorities of my government, as a healthy society leads to improved well being as well as good life and productivity. It is in the light of this that my government has undertaken the renovation and equipping of sets of hospitals and Primary Healthcare Centres across the state.
“The General Hospital Wukari has since been renovated, equipped and adequately staffed with medical consultants, doctors, nurses, laboratory scientists and pharmacists to mention but a few.
“Similarly, renovation works are almost completed at General Hospitals Bambur and Gembu. By December, we will commission the General Hospital Gembu which will be connected to General Hospital Warwar.
“Also, contracts for the supply of medical equipment of international standard have been approved by the Executive Council.”
Ishaku thanked the Speaker, Abel Peter Diah whom he called his good ally for keying into the rescue mission and doing his own quoter to ease the challenges of the people.
He appealed to the people to give him peace so he could continue to give them development that would be long lasting. He also thanked the people of the area for the confidence reposed on his administration and urged them to repeat same in 2019 so that the dividends of democracy could continue to flow.
The Speaker expressed his delight for having the Governor take the pains of leaving his comfort and every other thing to journey through the rigorous terrain to see his people.
“Your name has gone down record book in the hearts of Warwar people because you are the first civilian Governor after two military administrators, Col. Jega and Col. Maman Dickson to come to Warwar.
“Your Excellency, since the creation of Taraba State, apart from the generator, no government presence (in terms of projects) has been felt until now. We remain indebted to you sir.
He said history had been made by the visit and told the Governor he could go to sleep, assured that the people of Warwar and Mbamnga constituencies would vote him massively.
The Governor commissioned a well equipped maternity ward of the General Hospital Warwar which was renovated by Rt. Hon. Abel Peter Diah, a pipe borne water project and a bridge.