The Coordinator of Ngada Special Development Area in Taraba State, Rev. Joseph Nagombe has said the creation of the Special Development Area has saved the lives of over 100 women annually from pregnancy complications.
Nagombe disclosed this in a chat with journalists in Jalingo on Monday.
According to him from the medical statistics available to him over 100 women have been of pregnancy-related cases annually before the creation of the Development Area in 2017.
“For the past one year, we have not lost any woman due to complications in pregnancy because the people of the area can now access medical services for the first time since the creation of the world.
“Before the creation of the Special Development Area, the wife of the Governor, Anna Ishaku trained some traditional birth attendants in the area to handle cases of pregnancy.
“Many people in the area before now were not aware of anything called a hospital and were using crude ways of birth attendant and every year we do loss about 100 women during delivery, due to lack of medical attention during pregnancy,” he said.
He commented the Governor for the empowerment of 60 youths and women trained in various skills as well as the employment of over 200 people to work in the secretariat of the Special Development Area.
The Coordinator informed that he had started implementing the Strategic Development plan for the area by planting over 60 cocoa plantation and 500 palm trees for the economic survival of the area, adding that plans were on to ensure the financial independence of the Development area within the shortest possible time.
In the area of Security, Nagombe said they had employed 50 vigilante members to help police the area, adding that the construction of a police station in the area was on the way.
The people of Ngada in Taraba state were prior to their discovery by the wife of the Governor Anna Ishaku in 2016 not known by the government and were without any modern infrastructure.
The Governor of Taraba State, Darius Dickson Ishaku has presented cheques amounting to Fifty-Seven Million Naira to one hundred and fourteen primary and secondary schools in the State to enable the schools to carry out some minor projects.
Presenting the cheques to the schools at a ceremony which took place in Jalingo yesterday, Governor Ishaku said the money was grant received from the World Bank under the State Education Programme Investment Project, SEPIP which took off in Taraba State last year.
The governor said the grants would enable the schools to carry out minor projects such as the renovation of classrooms blocks, constructions of desks and procurement of instructional materials.
Governor Ishaku warned that the grants were not intended to be shared as a national cake, stressing that the principals and headmasters would be held responsible in the event of any mismanagement of the funds. He, however, assured them that the judicious utilization of the grants would attract additional allocation.
Earlier in his address of welcome, the State Commissioner of Education, Mr. Johanes Jigem said the grants were part of the World Bank scheduled to enhance the development of Education in Taraba State. Mr. Jigem said other components of the Banks included training of teachers and deploying them to hard-to-reach and conflict-prone areas.
He made the disclosure that so far, three thousand teachers had been trained and deployed to the affected areas, out of the five thousand teachers earmarked for training under the programme.
The commissioner also stated that the grant to the benefiting schools was the first phase, adding that others would follow in due course.
The Taraba State Governor, Darius lshaku on Wednesday received an award of TAA NDOLA (Father of Ndola) for his excellent leadership and grassroots development.
In his remarks at the occasion, the Governor urged Tarabans to imbibe the spirit of hard work and patience to build an enduring State.
He said Taraba State has all it takes to become greater considering its natural resources and tourism potentials. Hence, the need for the people to tolerate one another for the sake of peace and harmony.
The Governor who commended his wife, Barr. Anna Ishaku for championing the liberation course of the NDOLA people, charged them to accord her maximum support to enable her to initiate more life touching programmes for the benefit of all.
Ishaku thanked them for conferring on him the title as Taa NDOLA and challenged them to collect their permanent voters’ card to elect leaders of their choice in next year’s general elections.
Earlier in his remarks, Coordinator of the Ngada Special Development Area, Rev. Joseph Titus Nagombe said the relentless efforts of Governor Darius Ishaku in liberating the NDOLA people was responsible for the award as Taa Ndola.
Nagombe enumerated the Rescue Mission achievements in Ngada Special Development Area to include construction of secretariat, employment of over two hundred junior staff and construction of classrooms.
Others are the creation of NDOLA Ngada chiefdom, upgrading of Kurmi NDOLA Chiefdom and six districts in Ngada Special Development Area.
He also commended the Governor for the construction of Police station, installation of water pumps, approval and commencement of the Government Day Secondary School, Sunkuru and others.
He pledged the resolved of people of the Area to support him come 2019.
The ceremony featured, the presentation of plaque and certificate to the Governor and presentation of the book, Ndola People and Region in African History, written by Nagombe Joseph Titus.
Troops of the 101 Special Forces Battalion deployed to Taraba state on Monday nabbed four suspected armed herdsmen caught grazing their cows on a farmland in Suntai Daji village of Donga Local Government Area of the state.
Parading the suspects in Donga, Commanding Officer of the Battalion, Lt. Col. Mutiu Dotun Olaseni, said the suspects Dahiru Dumba, Almajiri Nyako, Haryana Manga and Adamu Hassan were arrested while grazing on a farm belonging to a woman in the village, following a tip-off.
The Commanding Officer added that one AK-47 rifle with 30 rounds of 7.62mm Special Ammunition was recovered from the suspects.
“The troops also seized 285 cows found with them during the arrest.
The suspects are still under our custody and they would soon be transferred to the Army headquarters in Abuja,” he said.
Olaseni said the Army would continue to work tirelessly against any act that would cause the crisis in the area, adding that the seized cows have been handed over to the local government Council and the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of the area for safekeeping.
While reiterating the determination of the troops deployed to the area in ensuring the protection of lives and property, Olaseni urged the people of Taraba to avail the Army with genuine information that would assist in tracking down suspected armed bandits in the state.
Some of the suspects who spoke to journalists admitted to having committed the crime but pleaded with the Army to be lenient with them, saying they were carrying the AK47 rifle and the ammunition to protect themselves against external attacks.
They explained that the cows were not their own but belong to other people who entrusted them in their care on business grounds.
The Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Kpotum Idris, has arrived in Jalingo, Taraba state, to assess the security situation and see how the police can come in to salvage the situation.
The Inspector General made this known during a meeting with Gov. Darius Ishaku in Government House Jalingo, Monday.
Speaking during the occasion, the IGP, Ibrahim Kpotum Idris, disclosed that three other mobile police units have been deployed in the state with a helicopter. He also disclosed that one mobile police squadron would be commissioned in the state.
“We would do as much as possible for security to be restored”, he added.
Idris however, stated that the reason for his visit was to make a personal assessment of the security situation and to see what they could add to ensure security in the state.
In his response, the Taraba state governor, Darius Ishaku stated that in 2018, he sent a plea for a full fledged mobile police unit in Takum and other security flashpoints in the state and that he was happy that the request has been granted and ready for commissioning.
He identified the challenges the police was facing in the state to be in the area of logistics and promised to assist with vehicles.
Ishaku pointed that “peace was the underlining factor for everything we do” and therefore called on the people to give him peace.
He however, requested the Inspector General to make sure that the police command headquarters was completed. He then promised a land for police primary and secondary schools and that he would confirm if the Certificate of Occupancy was ready for the IG to take it along with him.
The IG came with an entourage consisting of AIG zone 3, Kayode Aderanti, top personnel of the Army, NSCDC, Customs, Immigration, Prisons, NDLEA and the SSS. He is expected to have a separate meeting with traditional rulers to have a first-hand information of the security situation in the state.
Women and Youth Empowerment
What makes it shocking? What makes it brilliant? What makes it lifetime? This article will attempt to answer these and much more at the end of which you will know that Governor Ishaku is not only a Governor that has stuck with campaign promises but with a heart to help people at a more personal level, which is a rare quality among politicians.
The State Governor DDI as he is fondly called has been empowering women and youth through the Rescue Watch arm of the Rescue Agenda. He has just recently inaugurated the third batch. This is so because the first batch has yielded remarkable fruits that anyone can explore.
Three things that make it shocking include the fact that the 1.) The Governor pays both the trainees and carefully selected trainers. 2.) Trainees are allowed to train on the skills of their choice as an apprentice where they would not only learn the skills but also the business aspects of dealing with customers and resources. 3.) After the training, the Governor gives starter packs that will jumpstart their new business. For example, Tailors are given two types of sewing machines while computer trainees are given a complete set of computer equipment.
Three things that make it brilliant include 1.) Every nook and cranny of Taraba is suitably represented. That is, all the 16 Local Government Areas, 2 Special Development Areas and 168 wards, totaling 335 trainees in all. This means there was no bias in religion, tribe or location of trainees. 2.) Variety of skills being learned which are all related to the prevailing needs of Tarabans, thus improving the general economy of the state such that people would be encouraged to remain in their local communities and develop it. 3.) Empowering of extended family and friends of the trainees, since these trainees who were initially not getting anything can now assist people close to them in areas of education, health, and other issues. Hundreds of people have testified about assisting loved ones in all these areas.
This brilliant aspect clearly shows that though just 335 people were empowered, thousands of people would directly or indirectly benefit.
Three things that make it lifetime is that the business training, payment to trainees and trainers, provision of free starter packs and constant supervision has made it a lifetime empowerment in 1.) Helping the businesses to grow steadily over time 2.) Transfer of the established businesses to loved ones in case anything happens to the trainees 3.) Diversification of the businesses to other ventures with the availability of funds from the established businesses.
Governor Darius Ishaku is changing lives and is ready to do even more. After empowering the first batch of 335 persons, he empowered the next batch of 448 persons and now over 600 persons in the third batch are in training with a monthly allowance of 10,000 each. Let’s support this unique system for a greater Taraba tomorrow.