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“Comply With Budgetary Provisions or Face Severe Sanctions” – Taraba Speaker Warns MDAs

“Comply With Budgetary Provisions or Face Severe Sanctions” – Taraba Speaker Warns MDAs

Speaker, Taraba State House of Assembly – Rt. Hon. Joseph Albasu Kunini

Speaker of Taraba State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Joseph Albasu Kunini, has vowed that the State Legislature will deal decisively with any ministry, department or agency that fails to comply strictly with the 2021 budgetary provisions.

In his speech at the resumption of plenary on Monday, 11th January, 2021, the Speaker also disclosed that the State legislators will embark on routine oversight, stressing that it will no longer be business as usual for the ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) in the State.

The Speaker further thanked his colleagues for working assidously to pass the 2021 Appropriation Bill within a record time.

“By this, you have once again demonstrated and exhibited a high sense of responsibilty with uncommon and unparalleled patriotism, commitment and the absolute zeal in the service of our dear State as critical stakeholders,” he added.

The Speaker further assured Tarabans that the State House Assembly, “being a people-oriented Parliament, in all its engagements, will always be in the vanguard of striving to live up to its constitutional responsibility and obligation by ensuring that all appropriate legislative mechanisms that will fast tract Taraba’s development and guarantees the general welfare and wellbeing of our teeming populace are not toyed with,” he pledged.

He also asserted that as elected representatives and very critical and crucial stakeholders in the present political dispensation, the State legislators will continue to work even harder to justify the mandate the people have freely given them.

“This, we will undertake in order to deliver to your doorsteps legislative output that has never been experienced in the State for a very long time now,” he enthused.

Mararaba-Donga Road Flagged-Off by Gov. Ishaku

Mararaba-Donga Road Flagged-Off by Gov. Ishaku

The Deputy Governor, Engr. Haruna Manu delivering his speech at the Flag Off ceremony.

The Mararaba-Donga road has been flagged-off by His Excellency, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku. The ceremony which took place at Mararaba town brought together top federal and state government functionaries.

The road which is a single carriage road is at a stipulated contract sum of 6.30Billion Naira and is expected to be completed in the space of three years.

His Excellency Governor Darius Ishaku ably represented by his Deputy, Engr Haruna Manu in his remarks said the Rescue administration in Taraba State has since inception taken to heart the plight of Tarabans.

Manu said the road being flagged-off today is of economic importance to the immediate community and the state at large and despaired the earlier rumours been peddled by some mischief makers alleging that the state government is not in support of the project, he said this is not true and those doing this are enemies of the state who don’t have Taraba at heart.

He said Taraba State has embarked on the construction of other multimillion naira roads which include Jalingo-Kona road, Wukari-Tsukundi Road and the recently flagged-off Mararaba-Baisa Road.

Preparation to the flag off by the deputy governor standing alongside the Distinguished Senator representing Southern Zone, Emmanuel Bwacha and other dignitaries.

The deputy governor said all the federal roads sighted in Taraba are for the good of Tarabans and that’s why the state government has never at anytime waited for the federal government to give a go head before constructing any.

He however appealed to FERMA to look into some state and interstate roads such as Jalingo-Numan-Yola road which has become a death trap.

Manu lastly pleaded with the National Assembly members to do all they can to mount pressure on the federal government in order to complete the Mararaba-Donga road at a very good time, promising that the state government’s doors are always open to any workable suggestion that will bring developments to Taraba State.

The FERMA Repreentative called on the community to give the contractor all the necessary support needed to complete the road at a very good time.

He disclosed that all the menial jobs during the execution of the project will be done by the indigenes of the state and promised on behalf of the contractors to deliver a qualitative job, saying the project is so dear to Mr. President and will be completed in less than 3 years.

Senator Emmanuel Bwacha speaking shortly before the flag off promised to appreciate the president and assured that a steady follow up will be done on the project, stressing that he will make sure that the job is carried out to the latter.

He however sounded a note of warning that anyone who is caught collecting any form of gratification from the contractors will not be spared.

He said they are not into competition with anyone and are only in the business of serving Tarabans and will always do everything possible to reach areas where the state government may not reach either as a result of oversight.

– Abdullahi Sani, SSA New Media to the Deputy Governor.

Let’s Keep Hope Alive in the New Year – Gov. Ishaku

Let’s Keep Hope Alive in the New Year – Gov. Ishaku

Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku,

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

Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku has advised the people of the state to remain steadfast in their support for his administration’s battle against insecurity, COVID-19 and economic challenges facing the state today. He wants them to be hopeful as the administration is determined to take steps that will bring alot more succour for them.

In his New Year message to the people of the state, Governor Ishaku congratulated them for surviving the scourge of Covid-19 pandemic and the economic hardships that came with it.

He attributed the low rate of Covid-19 infections and zero fatality in Taraba State to his government’s aggressive combat strategy and the cooperation of the people.

He assured that government’s proactive measures that have so far proved effective in containing the spread of the pandemic in the state would be further energised in the new year.

He urged the people to play their own role by fully embracing the protocols for checking the spread of the pandemic.

Governor Ishaku said government has done alot to reduce poverty in the state through the promotion of agriculture and skills acquisition for women and youths.

Government’s rice production policy has been highly successful and has made life easier for both rice farmers and consumers. Recent widely quoted national statistics have indicated that the price of locally produced rice is presently most affordable in Taraba State than in any other state in the country. This is the result of the boost which rice production has received through the support for rice farming by the present administration in the state.

Government has also done a lot in other sectors to make life and living easier and more bearable for the people. Government’s water and sanitation programmes have dramatically increased access to water and greatly reduced incidents of waterborne diseases among the people. Our roads expansion and construction programmes have made travelling alot easier and safer.

Governor Ishaku assured that all ongoing road projects in the state, including the Mararaba-Baissa-Abong and the dualization of the Jalingo Airport road which also comes with a flyover bridge would be completed before the end of his tenure.

He expressed happiness about the level of peace that now reigns in the state and urged the people to join the Government in the effort to sustain it.

He said government remains unequivocally committed to the pursuit of peace and would not relent in its desire to ensure safety of lives and property.

The New Year provides an opportunity to reflect on the past, correct past mistakes and make new positive resolutions and projections about the future.

He urged the people not to allow the lessons of 2020 elude them but to allow those lessons and experiences guide their actions and decisions aright.

He urged them to forgive one another and to make peace with their neighbours as they begin the new year.

He wished them a happy and prosperous New Year.

– BALA DAN ABU,
Special Adviser to the Governor (Media and Publicity).

Taraba Needs Peace; S.A Political to the Governor Chides APC Chieftain

Taraba Needs Peace; S.A Political to the Governor Chides APC Chieftain

Alh. Abubakar Bawa

Alh. Abubakar Bawa; SA Political to the Executive Governor of Taraba State.

Reacting to audio allegations against the Executive of Taraba state, Arch Darius Dickson Ishaku, Alh. Abubakar Bawa, the SA political to Governor Darius, reaffirmed that the Governor was elected by the citizens of Taraba state.

He countered accusations made against the Governor by an opposition party Chieftain in the state, who alleged among others that, Governor Ishaku has done nothing good in the state. Earlier in his Christmas message, Alh. Ardo Jika, a former Ambassador of Nigeria to Trinidad and Tobago, accused the Executive Governor of Taraba state and his government.

In a swift reaction, Alh. Abubakar Bawa, the SA Political to the Governor of Taraba, said, the APC Chieftain is not a member of the state House of Assembly and has not been in the state for a while now. The Governor don’t need to seek permission from him before he travels for any function.

Alh. Bawa further stressed that, on the issue of Covid-19 palliatives, Alh. Jika knows nothing about the palliatives in Taraba state.

“The Covid-19 committee set up in the state when the Federal government brought covid-19 palliatives involved; All Progressive Congress political party (APC), the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), representatives of conference of political parties, security agencies and civil society groups. The committee which was headed by the Deputy Governor of the state ensured that, all the palliative items were distributed evenly before the unfortunate #EndSARS looting.” He said.

Alh. Bawa added that, those items looted during the #EndSARS protest were Taraba state government items, which the former Ambassador is not aware. He urged the party Chieftain to be sure of his source before using whatever information available to him.

Alh. Bawa went ahead to correct the wrong impression about sourcing of loan in the state. He observed that, it is routine in the country for the government to collect loan. He queried the understanding of the party Chieftain whether the Federal government was wrong to collect loan or is there any government that is above sourcing of loan?

According to the Governor’s aid, the people of Taraba state made their choice by voting Arch. Darius as their Governor and are working with his government.

On the ongoing dual lane road construction and flyover in Jalingo, the Governor’s aid said that, the APC Chieftain just returned from abroad, however, he will not understand what is going on in the state. He called on the Chieftain to allow the people to bear their minds regarding the project.

Alh Bawa further said, the state government is doing well as there is no any questions regarding the administration of the day in the state. In a more objective way, he said, the party Chieftain should not double into what he has not idea about and stop making efforts to incite the peaceful citizens of the state.

He called on the APC Chieftain to contest for the seat of the Governor, if he is not satisfied with the administration of the Governor.

Recalled that, a group of Concern Citizens of Taraba earlier reacted to the audio allegations of the Chieftain, the group called on the security agencies at all levels to put the party Chieftain on their watch list. The group said, his utterances are inciting trailing on religious, ethnic and communal lines.

Gov. Ishaku Felicitates with Christians at Christmas

Gov. Ishaku Felicitates with Christians at Christmas

It’s another Christmas, the anniversary of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ and Taraba State Governor, His Excellency, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku is rejoicing with all Christians in the State on the memorable occasion.

Governor Ishaku said Christmas is a key part and reminder of God’s grand salvation plan for mankind.

“The coming of Jesus Christ into the world through a unique but humble birth process remains the greatest symbol of identity, hope and unity among Christians all over the world”.

He said Christmas which is the anniversary of that great act of God’s love for humanity deserves to be celebrated.

He, however, urged Christians not to forget the lesson behind the birth of Jesus and the circumstances of that unique birth, all of which point to God’s love for mankind.

He reminded them to also endeavour to demonstrate the lesson and spirit behind Christmas among themselves and also in their relationship with people of other religions and faiths.

Governor Ishaku reminded them not to forget to pray against Covid 19 which is still prevalent in the country even as they celebrate.

Recent statistics of prevalence, he said, indicate that the country is into a new wave of the infection and called for prayers and actions against the pandemic.

He also called for the continuation of strict compliance with the protocols of prevention which his administration has faithfully promoted.

He said it is only through sustained collective action that we can win the war against the pandemic.

The Governor wished all Christians happiness as they celebrate Christmas today.

Signed – BALA DAN ABU Special Adviser to the Governor (Media and Publicity).

Gov. Ishaku Signs Taraba’s 2021 Appropriation Bill into Law; Promises to Hit the Ground Running

Gov. Ishaku Signs Taraba’s 2021 Appropriation Bill into Law; Promises to Hit the Ground Running

Appropriation Bill

His Excellency, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku signing the Appropriation Bill into Law.

Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku on Thursday signed the Taraba State 2021 Appropriation Bill into law. 

At a short but impressive ceremony at the Taraba State Government House in Abuja, the governor said with the passage of the budget, Government was ready to hit the ground running with its implementation.

He commended members of the state House of Assembly for passing the budget without delay and noted that with this development “the yearly norm of signing annual and provisional warrants for Government services to subsist at a level not exceeding the level of those services prevailing in the previous financial year, pending the passage of the appropriation Bill, will no longer be an issue.

Ishaku assured that the government would be strict in expenditure control to ensure efficiency in spending and accountability.

To achieve such control, mechanisms for effective monitoring of ministries, departments and agencies will be strictly enforced, he said.

Details of the Bill as approved by the assembly showed that the state will be spending 141, 625,435,961.80 (One Forty-One billion, Six Hundred and Twenty-Five Million, Four Hundred and Thirty-five Thousand, Nine Hundred and Sixty-one Naira, Eighty Kobo.

The Government had proposed N139,460,435,961.80 Kobo (One Hundred and Thirty-Nine Billion, Four Hundred and Sixty Million, Four Hundred and Thirty-Five Thousand, Nine Hundred and Sixty-One Eighty Kobo.

Ishaku noted that the approved budget would improve Government’s deliveries in key areas including infrastructure, education, healthcare, water supply, agriculture and job creation.

He thanked members of the assembly for working hard to pass the budget in record time and assured the people of the state that government was determined to deliver greater dividends of democracy.

Speaker of the Taraba State House of Assembly, Dr. Joseph Albasu Kunini said with the presentation of the Budget Bill for signing today, the House had kept its promise made on December 4, 2020 when it was presented to the House to expedite action in its consideration.

He observed that the final figure had increased by about 2.1 billion Naira but noted that the new figures were realistic.