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PRESS RELEASE: Gov. Ishaku Approves of Minor Cabinet Reshuffle

PRESS RELEASE: Gov. Ishaku Approves of Minor Cabinet Reshuffle

His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Taraba State Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku has approved a minor cabinet reshuffle.

Following the development, the Honourable Commissioner of Women Affairs and Child Development Mrs Hauwa K. Andeyantso has been moved to the Ministry of Social Development while her counterpart Mrs Bridget Twa who heads the Ministry of Social Development is now in charge of the Ministry of Women Affairs and Child Development.

The minor cabinet reshuffle is with immediate effect.

Signed – Iliya Bekyu Akweh, Chief Press Secretary to the Executive Governor.

United Nations Rates Taraba Largest Host of Refugees in Nigeria

United Nations Rates Taraba Largest Host of Refugees in Nigeria

The Deputy Representative, United Nation High Commission for Refugee (UNHCR), Abuja, Mr John McKissick has stated that Taraba state has been rated the largest host refugees in Nigeria.

He stated this when the team visited the secretary to the state government in his office in Jalingo.

The Deputy Representative said the team have visited most West African countries especially Cameroon and now they are in Nigeria to access the needed assistance in regards to protection of refugees in Taraba state and to also know whether the refugees needed to stay in a community or be relocated.

He said the team will like to visit most of the refugee camps within the state and at the borders to help bring lasting solution to problems affecting refugees in the state.

Responding, the Secretary to the State Government, Hon. Anthony Jellason said the state government is witnessing endless influx of amazonian refugees in the camps, adding that they only show up when materials are being distributed, describing the situation as unfortunate.

Mr. Jellason lamented that some of them have become security threats to their host communities and threatened Nigerians at the border among other criminal activities.

He commended the UNHCR for the visit to the state, assuring them of the government’s support to bring lasting solution to the problems raised.

Speaking during the interactive session with critical stake holders at the Bureau for local government and chieftaincy affiars conference hall, the Deputy Director Disaster Management from the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Service, Abubakar Suleiman said the exercise is to enable the Federal Government and its Humanitarian partner, in collaboration with the state government obtain first-hand information on the humanitarian situation created by the influx of asylum seekers from Cameroon with a view to providing possible solution through burden sharing mechanism.

Abubakar noted that suffice it to state that the Federal Government of Nigeria is mindful of challenges and tensions always associated with hosting asylum seekers and refugees globally especially in the immediate host communities and Nigeria’s experience is not different particularly in Taraba state.

It is to this end that the FMHADMSD led the multisectoral team to the state to carry out needs assessment of the possible humanitarian situations caused by the influx of refugees from Cameroon into Nigeria through the national border corridors of Taraba States.

He added that another very important phase was to hold a stakeholders interactive meeting with relevant State Government MDAs and non-governmental organizations to sensitize them on the roadmap for the operationalization of the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR).

Highlights of the visit event was an interactive session with critical stake holders in the state.

– By Yusuf Salihu Sansani, Jalingo.

Newly Appointed Court of Appeal Judges Sworn In

Newly Appointed Court of Appeal Judges Sworn In

Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku has sworn in Justice Shuaibu Dahiru Ahmad as new Grand Khadi of the Taraba State Sharia Court of Appeal and Khadi Salau Ismailia Madugu of the Sharia Court of Appeal, and the Judge Taraba state Customary Court of Appeal, Justice Bulus Nyiputen.

Governor Ishaku charged the judges to always do what is right to earn the respect of the people.

The Governor asserted that for his administration to establish a viable Judiciary in the State, more Judicial Staff needed to be employed, dilapidated Courts needed to be renovated and as well improvement on welfare.

He advised the Judges to imbibe high level morality and fairness in the discharge of their duties and responsibilities.

The Governor, implored the Judges to shun primitive and religious sentiments that have held the nation back and called for closer collaboration between members of the bar and bench for the quick dispensation of justice.

In their remarks,Grand Khadi of the Sharia Court of Appeal Shuaibu Dahiru Ahmad, thanked Governor Ishaku for appointing him and other Judges to man the various Courts.

They pledged the resolve of the Judges to work in accordance with the law.

The Taraba State Chief Judge, Justice Philibus Andetur administered the Judicial Oath of Office and Allegiance to the Judges and the Judges were later presented with a brand new corolla vehicle.

The ceremony at the Excos Chamber of the Taraba state Government House in Jalingo on Wednesday.

Hope Afresh Foundation Taraba Distributes Materials To IDPs in Takum LGA

Hope Afresh Foundation Taraba Distributes Materials To IDPs in Takum LGA

No fewer than 500 hundreds internal display person’s (IDP’s) benefited from the Hope Afresh Foundation’s accelerated efforts in reaching out to displaced persons within Takum local government area.

The materials were distributed at the Roman Catholic Church premises along Takum-Ussa road, where beneficiaries all converged and received the materials.

The exercise which was put together by Barr. Anna Ishaku’s Hope Afresh Foundation, is one of the front runner foundation in Taraba state that has helped in many ways in alleviating the plight of the less privileged and IDPs in the state.

Represented at the venue of the exercise, Barr Anna Ishaku, through Hon. Emmanuel Ernest, a Senior Special Assistant to the Executive Governor of Taraba state, distributed the materials to beneficiaries and ensured that all IDPs at the point of distribution were reached.

Communities who benefited from the good gesture of the wife of the Governor through her foundation includes; Muji 1, Muji 2, Kwariben, Nzuweiwaya, Basang, Tudun Haske kakum, Simta and Fawen. Others are, Kashiten, Kuffi, Zoshi, Dinyina, Jenuwa Nyifiye, Bissaulla and Tati.

These were communities affected by crises in recent times in the area.

Taraba Government Flags-Off Wet Season Input Distribution to Farmers

Taraba Government Flags-Off Wet Season Input Distribution to Farmers

The Taraba state government has flagged-off the 2022 wet season input distribution which will kick start the distribution of essential farm inputs to farmers in the 2022 wet season as part of Nigeria’s Covid-19 recovery and economic stimulus programme, under the Fadama Taraba CARES.

The flag-off was done by the Executive Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku, who was ably represented by his Deputy, Engr. Haruna Manu.

He stressed that since farmers have begun farm preparation for the 2022 wet season, the distribution of these inputs is timely, and the agro materials to be provided will go a long way in complementing what the state government has already put in place for this cropping season and that the early distribution of sufficient farm inputs is a top priority for this administration.

“As an administration, we have prioritized agriculture since inception, having realized that the majority of citizens are involved in some form of farming for both subsistence and commercial purposes.

“We are second to none in the production of rice, sesame, tea, cocoa, root crops like yam, cassava, and cocoyam, as well as grains such as maize, sorghum, millet, and assorted fruits, all due to the early delivery of fertilizer, improved seedlings, and the availability of tractors and other agro-allied inputs.

“Taraba state has the potential to produce beyond its present capacity, and this can be optimized through active collaboration between the state and the federal governments and development partners. I am optimistic that, as a result of the significant progress made so far, more will be accomplished in terms of higher agricultural yields in the coming years.

That the provision of these vital inputs is part of a coordinated response to the social and economic hardship caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, funded by a World Bank loan as a two-year emergency response programme for the poor and vulnerable in society.

He encouraged all beneficiaries of the government’s kind gesture to make optimal utilization of the inputs to expand farmland and, consequently, increase output, and by extension, their standard of living and commended the management of the State Fadama programme for their hard work and consistency in increasing not only agricultural production but also the income of farmers’ cooperatives in the state, which is in line with the Rescue Agenda’s primary goal.

“The Community and Social Development Project CSDP, Special Grant Transfer SGT, and Medium and Small Enterprises MSE are all implementing agencies, and the Fadama III project is one of them.”

“These interventions have not only been well received, but they have also provided much-needed assistance to the less privileged.

Engr. Manu also encouraged Fadama Taraba CARES to step up its efforts to increase farmers’ cultivable land capacity through mechanization and the early provision of necessary inputs like the ones being distributed at this ceremony, stressing that the availability of inputs such as tractors, improved seedlings, and herbicides/pesticides, among others, has significantly reduced the farmer’s reliance on the previously back-breaking, labour-intensive farming practice.

He reassured farmers on government’s will to continue to look out for their best interests when it comes to inputs and markets for their produce, stressing that government is aware of the associated losses and waste that farmers face due to inefficient harvesting and storage methods, which Fadama and other implementing agencies will need to address more aggressively.

Partners were assured of greater collaboration, particularly in counterpart fund commitment and recognition of the state’s enormous achievements to date, which have been attained through such synergies that have transformed Taraba into the country’s top food producer.

Gov. Ishaku Wins Taraba South Senatorial Zone Ticket for the 2023 Elections

Gov. Ishaku Wins Taraba South Senatorial Zone Ticket for the 2023 Elections

Gov. Ishaku holding his Senatorial Provisional Clearance Certificate

Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku of Taraba State on Monday emerged as the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, senatorial candidate for the Taraba South Senatorial Zone for the 2023 election.

Governor Ishaku who was the party’s sole candidate for the zone won all the 154 out of a total of 158 votes cast. Four invalid votes were recorded.

The elections which were held in the Township Stadium in Wukari, the traditional headquarters of the JUKUN race was supervised by officials of the Independent National Electorate Commission, INEC.

Speaking soon after his declaration as winner, Ishaku praised the peaceful conduct of the PDP primaries for various elective positions held throughout the state and noted that with what has happened, the party had emerged stronger from the exercise and would continue its dominance in Taraba State politics.

He promised to provide purposeful leadership for Taraba South Senatorial Zone and to ensure that people’s lives are touched positively.

The elections were witnessed by prominent political leaders from the zone and the entire state.

Leaders of the party in the zone had decided that Ishaku run as the sole candidate for the zone in recognition of his impressive and impactful performance as Governor.

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