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Happy and prosperous new year, fellow good people of Taraba State.
First of all, I wish to congratulate every Taraban on the occasion of the new year, 2022, and to offer my heartfelt gratitude to God Almighty for his kindness and mercy, as well as the excellent and amazing things he has done in our lives in the previous year.

Taraba State has had a very interesting year in 2021, and the good Lord has been able to see us through despite the ups and downs along the way.

Today, our new year’s resolutions should be to make a solemn pledge to be decent citizens by providing our fair share, no matter how small, to make our beloved state a better place for everybody.

We can only accomplish this if we follow the law and inculcate the spirit of love, togetherness, and being our brother’s keeper. Our watchword should be security awareness.

Late last year, I had the opportunity of donating Toyota Hilux vans to security organizations in order for them to properly carry out surveillance of the state.

Everyone has a civic duty to cooperate and provide pertinent information to law enforcement officials.
The security forces in the state have made substantial contributions to the reduction of armed banditry, herdsmen/farmers clashes, tribal feuds, and kidnapping and therefore need our cooperation.

In the run-up to the 2023 general election, political activity will pick significantly in 2022. All political parties would hold primaries to select candidates for various political offices. As a result, I implore individuals who intend to run for office to exercise restraint.

Let us play the game by the rules so that the will of the people is respected and protected at the end of the day.

I would also like to appeal to religious leaders, traditional rulers, parents, and guardians to keep a tight grip on the youths so that they do not become agents of instability in the hands of misguided individuals seeking power at any cost. Because our common humanity transcends our ethnic, religious, and political ties, we must protect the sanctity of all lives.

Permit me to take this opportunity to urge the Presidency and the National Assembly to work together to create an electoral act that will make elections transparent and acceptable to Nigerians and the international community.

Finally, I wish to reassure Tarabans of the Rescue Mission’s resolve to continue providing democratic dividends and completing all existing projects before the conclusion of our tenure next year.

God bless Taraba State.

Gov. Ishaku Swears in New Permanent Secretaries; Distributes Brand New Hilux Vans to Security Agencies, MDAs

Gov. Ishaku Swears in New Permanent Secretaries; Distributes Brand New Hilux Vans to Security Agencies, MDAs

Governor Ishaku handing over one of the keys of the hilux van to the Taraba State Commissioner of Police, during the presentation ceremony.

Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku has today sworn in 10 New Permanent Secretaries. The Governor charged them to be service-minded and to put in their best in delivering the Rescue mandate in their various ministries.

The Governor on the same occasion distributed Hilux Vans to Security agencies and MDAs in the state, disclosing that the vehicles are to ease their movement and to enable them to deliver on their services to the state.
He however warned that on no account should these vehicles be used for other purposes than office assignment as that will not be tolerated by anyone who is found doing such.

The Permanent Secretaries and their ministries are as follows:-

Mr. John Audu – Rural Development
Mr. Godfrey Dame – Water resources
Mr. Yusuf Usman – Agricultural and Natural Resources
Mr. Ibrahim Mohammed – Political/General Services
Engr. Bryson Ben – Special Duties
Mr. Benjamin Chiji – Manpower Development
Mr. Fabuin Mamwi – Social development
Mr. Musa Kinda – Science and Technology
Elder. Yaboro Ibrahim – Government House Administration
Mr. Theophilus Andea

Gov. Ishaku Approves Employment of 3000 Rescue Teachers

Gov. Ishaku Approves Employment of 3000 Rescue Teachers

Arch. Darius Dickson Ishaku, (FNIA, FNITP) Executive Governor of Taraba State.

Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku has approved the employment of over three thousand Rescue teachers in the State.

The Governor made the disclosure while addressing Congregation of the Christian Reformed Church Nigeria CRCN in Lufu,Takum Local Government Area.

He said processes for their documentation is already on ground calling on them to be calm and give their best in their areas of assignment.

Governor Darius Ishaku tasked the new President of the Christian Reformed Church Nigeria Isaiah Magaji Jirapye to ensure that people at the grassroots are empowered,educated and improve on the health needs of the people.

Commenting,President of the Christian Reformed Church Nigeria CRCN Isaiah Magaji Jirapye said he is a beneficiary of the Missionaries who spread the Gospel to all nooks and crannies of the world.

He narrated his ordeal from a humble beginning in Lufu Community of Takum Local Government Area saying the height he has attained is by the grace of God.

Jirapye,advised the congregation to thank and look up to God who is ever ready to solve their problems and solicited for prayers from the people to finish his tenure successfully.

The President, thanked Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku for gracing the retirement Service of the immediate past President of the CRCN Caleb Osheka Ahima despite his tight schedules.

In his Sermon,Evangelist Jonah Authority who read from the book of Genesis Chapter nineteen verse five challenged Christians to repent to inherit the Kingdom of God.

He condemned act of lesbianism and homosexuality that is having it’s way in the society despite the teachings of Christ on how to live holy and pious life.

The Evangelist said on the last day everyone would be judged according to his deeds on earth.

High point of the service was the announcement of Elijah Adashu as the National General Secretary Youth wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria who is also from the Lufu Community.

Wife of the Governor Anna Darius Ishaku,Members State House of Assembly,Chief of Staff Government House Administration Stephen Haruna Gbana, Commissioners,Chairmen and others accompanied the Governor to the Church Service.

Gov. Ishaku Promised to Complete Pamanga – Dakka Road

Gov. Ishaku Promised to Complete Pamanga – Dakka Road

Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku, has promised to complete the construction of the newly awarded 35km Pamaga – Dakka road before the end of next year.

Consequently, he has charged communities along the road corridor to cooperate with the contractor handling the project to enable them deliver without any hitchers.

Governor Ishaku who spoke while receiving in audience members of the Chamba community who were the beneficiaries of the project told them that, he had wanted to construct that road during his first term in office, but couldn’t do so because of the difficult terrain of the area which was similar to those of the Niger-Delta.

According to him, part of the reason for the delay in the award of the project was the study of the terrain by the state government in the bid to determine the soil quality which aided in the design of the road.

The governor said the report of the findings was not ready until his second term started, after which an experienced contractor with wide knowledge of works in the Niger-Delta region was selected to handle the Job.

He however, observed that despite the delay in the processes leading to the award of the contract, the people of Dakka still voted for him massively in the 2019 gubernatorial election that ushered him into office for a second term. He revealed that the massive support he received from even without fulfilling the promise of building the road earlier, further spurred him to do the project, adding that everything being equal, the road would be ready before the end of 2022.

Ishaku also noted that on completion of the road, it would open up the area to the world where its vast agricultural potentials would be properly harvested as agro-business people would invade the area in search of produce and other agricultural commodities.

Earlier, leader of delegation and Gara Donga, His Royal Highness, Sanvala Shimbura, expressed the gratitude of the entire Chamba community in the state for the patronage they have always received from the state government.

Specifically, he said the administration of Governor Ishaku has rescued the Chamba nation in the areas of appointment and upgrading of their traditional institutions, which had never happened at any period in its history. Also in his remarks, the Gangwari Dakka, Alh. Yusuf Manga told the Governor that their joy knew no bound when they saw the contractors mobilizing on site to commence work on the road that had been a nightmare to the communities in the last 70 years since the colonialist contemplated awarding contract for its construction.


Taraba Ambazonia Attack: “Nigerian Governors Helpless Over Insecurity” – Gov. Ishaku Laments

Taraba Ambazonia Attack: “Nigerian Governors Helpless Over Insecurity” – Gov. Ishaku Laments

Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku,

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

Taraba State Governor, Arch. Darius Dickson Ishaku has said all the 36 governors in Nigeria are helpless when it comes to security.

Governor Darius stated this on Thursday on Channel Television’s Politics Today. He was of the opinion that the country’s security structure does not leave enough room for governors to deal decisively with criminality in their respective states because the power is vested on the Federal Government.

“It is not me that is helpless all governors in Nigeria are helpless, that is why we are saying give us state police”, Ishaku lamented.

His comments were on the recent attack in Taraba State by some Ambazonian soldiers from the Republic of Cameroon.

The soldiers were said to have stormed Manga village in Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State on Wednesday killing eleven (11) people including a traditional ruler.

Takum Local Government Area is a border community between Taraba State and The Republic of Cameroon.

Speaking in reaction to the incident, Governor Ishaku said he has complained severally to the Nigerian Military seeking help to secure the border.

The governor further stated that his plea has gone unheard leaving the community prone to attacks such as the recently experienced.

According to the governor, there is little a governor can do in such a case, because the governor does not control the armed forces neither does he have state police specifically for the service of the Taraba people.

“If I had state police I would have ordered. All governors are helpless, not only Darius Ishaku that is helpless, not only Taraba State, go and ask other governors and tell me any who has a solution to this. We have to depend on Federal might” he explained.

In forging a way forward, Governor Ishaku called on the military to help man Taraba’s long-stretch border with Cameroon. Taraba State has one of the longest borders with Cameroon. There is absolute need that these borders be manned by security agencies. The military precisely must man it he argued.

Because the separatists are well armed, they kill and run away so it is not an easy thing, it has to be the military to man the border”.

After the Wednesday attack, the military and police have now moved to the attacked community.

He expressed hope that after the security personnel have been deployed into the attacked community, fleeing villagers can now return.


Taraba Government Pledges to Support Gassol Integrated Farms

Taraba Government Pledges to Support Gassol Integrated Farms

The Taraba State Government has pledges support the successful and seamless operation of GASSOL Local Government area of the State.

Accordingly the State Government has awarded the contract for the construction of the 24 kilometer road from yerima village to the farm site in GASSOL town.

Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku who made the promise while on a tour of the company’s rice mill at the weekend, also said the State Government will provide all the needed security for the safety of both the personnel and properties of the company to enable it Carry out it’s operation seamlessly.

On the issue of absence of power supply, which was vital to smoth running of its rice mill, the Governor said he was going to lease with the Federal Ministry of power to discuss moralities of connecting the farm to the national grid.

As indication of his administration’s commitment to the success of the project, Ishaku disclosed that the road would be completed before 2023, just as ordered the deployment of security to the farm, to be completed by the Taraba Marshal, the State’s owned security outfit.

Earlier a representative of the company, Augustine Monday, while receiving the governor to the company premises, expressed gratitude for the support and cooperation they enjoy from the State Government, saying that the enabling atmosphere being created for them, the company will not relent on its efforts in rolling out the first bag of processed rice by next year.

GASSOL INTEGRATED FARMS is a large scale machanised agricultural entity, sitting on a 30’000 hectar farm land dedicated to rice production and processing.

Although, it has only cultivated 700 hectars as at the time of the Governor’s visit, Monday however disclosed that they will achieve 5000 before the end of the year, while plans were on ground to complete the entire farm land in the next few years.