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Communique Issued At The End of 5th- Meeting of the Governors of the North-East Held in Jalingo, Taraba State – Tuesday, 6th July, 2021

Communique Issued At The End of 5th- Meeting of the Governors of the North-East Held in Jalingo, Taraba State – Tuesday, 6th July, 2021

The Executive Governors of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe States, under the auspices of North East Governors’ Forum, held its 5th meeting in Jalingo, Taraba State and discussed, among other things, the challenges facing the sub-region.

Under the Chairmanship of the Governor of Borno State, Professor, Babagana Umara Zulum, FNSE, mni the Forum resolved as follows:

The Forum notes the general improvement of the Security situation in the region and calls for continuous collaboration of all the security agencies in the country to sustain the gains.

The Forum, condoles Mr. President, the Nigerian Military and the families of the late Chief of Army Staff Major General Ibrahim Attahiru and the other officers who lost their lives while on duty. It also congratulates the newly appointed Chief of Army Staff, Major General Farouk Yahaya on his appointment.

The Forum calls on the diplomatic community, partners and donor agencies supporting the region to activate the process of transiting from humanitarian to stabilization and durable solution within the region. This will ensure sustainability and give people the opportunity to help themselves out of poverty. This will address socio-economic dimension of insecurity in the region.

The Forum also notes the negative impact of drug and narcotic substances in the region and the extent to which it fuels the insurgency and other forms of criminality in the region. It therefore calls for support in the area of stopping drug trafficking and enforcing narcotic control within the region and across the borders.

The Forum notes the good work of the Rural Electrification Agency of Nigeria (REAN) and resolved to support the agency to deliver on its mandate within the region. It however, calls on the agency to intensify working with designated Focal Persons at the individual State level to ensure justifiable spread of projects across the region.

While noting the activities of the NEDC as an intervention agency in the region, the Forum expressed deep concern that the level of consultation between the Commission and the various State Governments within the region on project priorities and locations is low and the speed of work on those projects already in place within the region, is slow.

The Forum therefore calls on the Commission to consult the various State Governments within the region on priorities for intervention, location of projects and the development of the North East Masterplan. It equally calls for expedited action to complete the existing projects in the region.

The Forum notes the technical support on potentials for growth and development of the region especially the Agribusiness Programme using innovative financing model of the Adamawa State Government by the Arewa Research and Development Project (ARDP), and agreed that the research be extended to all the States of the region. Forum therefore directed the management of ARDP to immediately prepare and submit the project proposal to the NEGF Secretariat for onward transmission to the various States for implementation.

The Forum while interacting with the Commissioners of the Federal Character Commission, appreciated their effort at ensuring compliance with the Federal Character principle. It however, expressed dismay over the shortfall in the number of applicants from the region in the recent recruitment into some Federal Agencies. The forum therefore, resolved to follow up with all the concerned agencies to ensure that the region gets its fair share in the recruitments into the concerned agencies.

The Forum deliberated extensively on the presentation on the Mambilla Hydroelectric Power Project and noted with dismay, that the project as important as it is, to Nigeria and the North-East sub-region, is surrounded by a lot of contractual encumbrances which have stalled its take-off and realization.

The Forum, therefore calls on the President to accord the project the desired seriousness by establishing a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to address the encumbrances and bring the project to reality.

In its bid to reposition Education in the sub-region, the Forum has received report from the North East Council on Education. It has taken the Councils’ advisory on the improvement of quality and performance of students and teachers screening and training in the region.

The next meeting of the Forum is to be held in Damaturu, Yobe State, on Saturday, 9th October, 2021.

– Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, FNSE, mni
Chairman, North East Governors’ Forum (NEGF)/Executive Governor of Borno State.

“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 Inaugurates Taraba State Covid-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus Steering Committee

Gov. Ishaku Inaugurates Taraba State Covid-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus Steering Committee

Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku has inaugurated the state action recovery and economic stimulus (CARES) Committee at the Government House Chambers Jalingo.

The Governor addressing the members of the committee said the COVID-19 ACTION RECOVERY AND ECONOMIC STIMULUS (CARES) is a World Bank programme initiated by the Federal Government and the Nigerian Governor’s Forum (NGF) to mitigate the impact of covid-19 pandemic.

He said it is an intervention programme that is built on the platforms of existing projects of the Federal Government of Nigeria which include National Cash Transfer Programme (NCTP), Youth Empowerment and Social Support Operations (YESSO), Community and Social Development Project (CSDP) FADAMA and Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP).

He said that the NG-CARES is designed to restore livelihood of the poor and vulnerable, maintain food security and facilitate recovery of Micro and Small Enterprises to achieve some of the key objectives of the Federal Government’s Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP).

“This program no doubt is in line with the Rescue Agenda being pursued vigorously by this administration. For this reason, in our strive to provide basic needs of life amidst scarcity of funds, we will not hesitate to leverage on any resources to meet our ambition especially the kind that will lift people out of poverty,” said the Governor.

According to the govrnor, the program has three result areas each comprising four Disbursement Linked Indicators (DLIs) (i.e. targets set for intervention) which are; increased social transfers, basic services, and livelihood support to poor and vulnerable households; increasing food security and safe functioning of food supply chains; facilitating recovery; and enhancing capabilities of small and medium enterprises.

Taraba state chose four (4) out of the Twelve (12) DLIs based on the state’s needs, ease of delivery and the resources available which are; Community and Group investment to be implemented by Community and Social Development Project (CSDP); Food Security and livelihood to be implemented by FADAMA III; Conditional Grants to SMEs to be implemented by Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) and Livelihood Grants to be implemented by Special Grant Transfer (SGT).

“Let me reiterate that the programme is tagged Programme for Result (PforR), therefore, does not reward uncompleted effort because it is result based.

 

“For this reason, all hands must be on deck in order to achieve optimally.”

 

“While I urged you to discharge your responsibilities in accordance with the World Bank/Federal Government protocol agreements, I as well direct all government agencies and the public to give this programme all the support needed for smooth operation.”

Members of the committee are as follows;

1. Hon. Solomon B. Elisha (Comm. of Budget Planning) – Chairman

2. Dr. David A. Kassa (Comm. of Agric. & Nat. Res.) – Member

3. Dr. Jesse Adi Ashumate (Comm of Finance) – Member

4. Hon. Yusuf Tanimu Njeke (Comm. of Commerce and Ind.) – Member

5. Hon. Jethro Yakubu (Comm. of Poverty Alleviation) – Member

6. Hon. Hauwa K. Andeyatso (Comm. of Women Affairs) – Member

7. Mr. Kaka N Sale (Permanent Sec. MOF) – Member

8. Tijjani S. Magaji (Director of Budget) – Secretary

Gov. Ishaku Awarded by the Leadership of Gunduma Lissam Takum Government Old Students Association

Gov. Ishaku Awarded by the Leadership of Gunduma Lissam Takum Government Old Students Association

Governor Ishaku presented with an Award of Honor by the leadership of GUTOSA at Government House, Jalingo.

Governor Ishaku presented with an Award of Honor by the leadership of GUTOSA at Government House, Jalingo.

The Gunduma Lissam Takum Government Old Students Association (GUTGOSA) leadership visited Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku.

The visit was to thank the Governor for his numerous support and efforts in giving the school a befittting face lift and remodeling it into a modern edifice through the support of Gen. T.Y Danjuma and the Victim Support Funds (VSF).

Responding, Governor Ishaku thanked them for the visit and stressed that it was indeed sad that the crisis that happened in 1998 got the school damaged.

The governor said that when he visited the place in 2015, he made up his mind not to allow the place as it were which necessitated for the rehabilitation of the school and his administration contributed her own quota to the rehabilitation but chunk of the work was done by the VSF.

“The Victim support funds (VSF) came to the rescue of the school and it was rescued indeed.”

He disclosed that plans are on top gear to convert it to study campus of the Taraba State University where some courses will be offered because the building is far much more than just a secondary school.

Ishaku said he is grateful to God because the peace in the state today is much more better than it were before and urged them to encourage their children to get enrolled and learn so as to have a better future.

Some of the Members of the Association who visited the Governor.

Some of the Members of the Association who visited the Governor.

Chairman of the Association Mr. Bulus, said it was at the support of the Governor that the school was renamed to International Model Secondary School Takum by General T.Y Danjuma and VSF with a befitting structure to match any modern school in the nation stressing that this can not be swept under the capert hence the need for thank you visit.

They honored General TY Danjuma (Rtd) and the Governor with a well decorated plaque in recognition of their tremendous support in rebuilding the school and leaving a legacy for generations unborn.

Police Brutality: Panel Set to Prepare Report as Sitting Ends

Police Brutality: Panel Set to Prepare Report as Sitting Ends

The Judicial Panel on Restitution of Victims of Police Brutality and other Security Agencies in Taraba state led by Justice Christopher Awubra has concluded its sitting after receiving 34 petitions with no compensations for any vicitm.

Out of the 34 petitions received, 6 were withdrawn or struck out while 28 were successfully heard.

The Nigeria Police Force had 26 petitions against it, while the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and the Nigerian Army had 2 and 3 respectively.

The petition consisted of eight murder cases and twenty six others bordering on torture, illegal arrest, extortion and illegal detention.

The Secretary of the panel, Elihu Ekarah told newsmen at the end of the sittings that most of the petitions would be determined by their strenghts.

“Only the NSCDC never defaulted from honouring surmons. The Nigerian Army never showed while the Police staretd appearing but later stopped, he said”.

He explained that most of the petitions were determined on the strenght of the petitioners and the absence of the respondents was deemed to be a waiver of their right to be heard or defend themselves.

The source added that only the NSCDC, among the security agencies, never defaulted from honouring summons.

At the last sitting of the panel, three petitions were heard and the first petition had to do with four siblings who were accused of stealing, totured and killed.

Narrating the ordeal, the petitioner and a sibling of the deceased, Kabiru Jibril, said they were having a chat in front of their house when officers of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) approached them and picked his four sublings, leaving him to inform his parents about the incident.

He added that the SARS officers threatened to shoot him and his mother if they approached their office to find them.

Jibril told the panel that they later summoned the courage to approach the office the day after and on getting there, they were told that the people they came to look for were not in their custody hence they should go in search for them elsewhere.

On their way home, he said a relative asked them to stop at the Jekadafari Cemetary in Jalingo where they found the remains of the four victims with bullet wounds all over their bodies.

According to the petitioner, they sought to find out who brought their corpes and were told that the police did and gave the undertakers ten thousand naira to get all the necessary materials to bury them.

The victim’s family demanded Eight Hundred Million Naira as compensation (Two Hundred Million each to the four deceased victims).

One Abdullahi Manu also filed a petition against the Nigerian Army, alleging that two soldiers killed his elder brother and dumped his body at Bomon Kurkur Community in Bali Local Government Area.

He asked the panel to grant his family One Hundred Million Naira as compensation for the damage caused.

Another petitioner, Jayi Auta, called on the police to return the corpse of his elder brother whom they shot, killed and took away. He identified the policeman who killed the victim as Ezekiel Chimbe, adding that his father has died as a result of the shock of his son’s death.

Like others, Auta demanded Fifty Million Naira as compensation for the death of his father and his elder brother.

In his response, Justice Awubra said the panel would use the remaining 13 days to write and submit its recommendations to the state governor for implementation.

Recall that Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku inaugurated the panel on October 22, 2020 and gave the panel two months to complete its task but later extended it to six months, considering the task involved.

The panel received and listened to a total of 34 petitions since its inaugural sitting on November 26, 2020.

Gov. Ishaku Condoles With the Military, Families of the Chief Of Army Staff and Other Officers Who Died in the Kaduna Plane Crash on Friday

Gov. Ishaku Condoles With the Military, Families of the Chief Of Army Staff and Other Officers Who Died in the Kaduna Plane Crash on Friday

Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku has condoled with the families and the entire Nigerian Armed Forces over the death of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Attahiru Ibrahim and other senior and junior military officers in a plane crash on Friday.

Governor Ishaku described the death of the officers as shocking and a big blow to the families of the victims, the military and the nation at large.

He said the late Chief of Army Staff was a highly disciplined officer who assumed the leadership of the army at a time that Nigerians craved for a change in the military strategy against insecurity in the country.

“The death of the Chief of Army Staff and the other victims of the crash at this time, has robbed the country of their contributions to this highly sought new strategy in the war against insecurity in Nigeria”, Ishaku said.

He prayed God to grant the souls of the late military officers peaceful rest and their families the fortitude to bear these monumental losses.

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