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Taraba Crisis: IGP Fulfils Promise, Commissions Mobile Squadron.

Taraba Crisis: IGP Fulfils Promise, Commissions Mobile Squadron.

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.

Governor Ishaku Empowers Taraba Women and Youth Using an Innovative Strategy that is Yielding Astonishing Results.

Governor Ishaku Empowers Taraba Women and Youth Using an Innovative Strategy that is Yielding Astonishing Results.

Women and Youth Empowerment

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.

2017 Christian Pilgrimage:  A Huge Success- Kanga

2017 Christian Pilgrimage:  A Huge Success- Kanga

The Executive Secretary, Taraba state Christian pilgrims welfare board Mr. Levi Kanja has commended Taraba Governor Darius Ishaku over his unrelenting quest to bolster the faith of Christians through sponsorship to Israel for the holy pilgrimage.

Taraba 2017 Pilgrimage

According to him, the recent pilgrimage was a huge success as was previous due to the number of Tarabans who embarked on the trip to the holy land. “I want to seize this opportunity to thank our Governor for counting it worthy to sponsor a large number of Tarabans to Israel for the pilgrimage. It was a very successful exercise and of course, it strengthened the faith of those that were part of the group” he narrated.

Mr. Kanga revealed that Taraba pilgrims conducted themselves very well as there was no ugly incident involving any of the pilgrims. “We had over four hundred pilgrims this year and yet there was no single incident of abscondment as reported in a few states in our own camp was a huge achievement. Our return trip was equally successful and we return all glory to God for giving us a Governor whose heartbeat is tilted toward peace, prosperity, and development of our dear state. We are indebted to him” he maintained.

The executive secretary called on Christian faithful to continue to pray for the peace of Taraba so as to enable the government develops the state.
A Foremost Nigerian Politician, Architect is Gone

A Foremost Nigerian Politician, Architect is Gone

His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Taraba State, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku has received with shock news of the untimely death of Chief Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme, former Vice President of Nigeria and foremost Nigerian architect, which occurred November 19, 2017.
Chief Ekwueme played a critical role in the political engineering process that gave birth to the present democratic dispensation in Nigeria. His very mature approach to politics, forthrightness, and patriotism also helped in no small way to nurture and sustain that process. His contributions will certainly be accorded a generous place in the political history books of the country.
His Excellency wishes to extend his sincere condolences to the members of the family of this political stalwart and architect, a profession that he is also a proud member of, the Governors and the entire people of the South East States of Nigeria on this sad occurrence. May God Almighty grant them the fortitude to bear the loss of this illustrious gift to the Nigerian federation.
Bala Dan Abu
Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Taraba State on Media and Publicity
Governor Darius Ishaku: 16 Cool Issues People Hardly Talk About

Governor Darius Ishaku: 16 Cool Issues People Hardly Talk About

Sometimes, one wonders if religious instructions are only valuable at Church or Mosque or they are to constantly guide our general lifestyle. Everyone knows that God says we should give thanks for everything. Why is it not the case with some Tarabans?

Some people complain at every available instance. When you look critically at Governor Ishaku’s government, you will see so many things to thank God for. By doing so, God will use him to do more for us, don’t you think? In case you don’t know, here are 16 things Tarabans should thank God for the Governor.

  1. Supportive Wife: Many Governors are not as lucky as Taraba to have a first lady that is highly educated, disciplined, God-fearing and a great achiever. Unless you have been living under a rock, you must have seen, heard or experienced one of the Governor’s wife achievements that have touched thousands of lives and greatly complements her husband’s.

 From discovering the Ndola people and helping them to get a development area, to interventions in skills acquisitions, cancer, and drug abuse campaigns among several others, Taraba Governor’s wife fits the exact description of a rare gem that other states would gladly pay a fortune to own. God gave us this great gift. We should be grateful.

  1. Strategic Governor: It is no doubt that Governor Ishaku is a strategic Governor. Strategy simply means a plan of action designed to achieve a long-term aim. While others may be thinking of short-term achievements, Governor Ishaku is thinking of what Taraba should be in 10, 20, 30 and 50 years ahead, years after his terms in office. Some of the examples of his strategic projects include:

a.) Current water project that should last around 35 years before another major expansion.

b.) Partnership with Dangote for Sugar manufacturing.

c.) Functional airport and

d.) Partnership with several other organizations for agriculture, mining, tourism among others.

No wonder Rosalynn Carter says “a great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be”.

  1. Vocal Governor: When it comes to speaking up and taking a positive stand on important life-threatening issues, Governor Ishaku has always done that. Can you remember his stand on the anti-open grazing bill and the recent Mining week organized by miners association in Abuja where he boldly expressed displeasure over mining title holders from Abuja who engage in mining in states without permission or notifying authorities?.

From sacking of Chiefs who seized lands belonging to IDPs to gradually eliminating ghost workers and ghost schools, Governor Ishaku has never dragged his feet about serious issues that affect lives. Chris Brady is right when he said “No guts, no story.”

  1. Peace Loving Governor – The Governor has created an enabling environment for dialogue. No matter where the problem is coming from, he always seems to have this natural ability to know how to bring people together to settle their differences.

From working with the Benue Governor to settle boundary issues to setting up Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the Mambilla crises, and several other interventions, Governor Ishaku has always never fallen the hands of Tarabans when it comes to Security. No one says it better than Albert Einstein’s “Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.”

5. Meticulous Use of Resources: After inheriting state debts worth billions of naira and meeting a completely empty treasury, Governor Ishaku did not enjoy the financial abundance that the previous administrations enjoyed. Everything was there to discourage him from venturing into projects that will make any meaningful impact.

If not for the meticulous use of resources, the Governor would hardly have recorded any tangible achievement that would affect lives. In just two years, he is rated as a top performing Governor. Is this not what to thank God for?

6. Salaries: First there was the issue of ghost workers, then the issue of salaries slashing, then all kinds of frauds. The Governor set up various committees to curtail anomalies and has done everything humanly possible to ensure that every Taraba Civil Servant gets his or her salary when due.

According to him, he has also been a salary earner and knows the pain and frustration that comes with not getting your monthly payments. Unless money is not released from Abuja on time, Governor Ishaku has never wasted time in approving and paying salaries. We have several states that don’t enjoy this. Is this not something again to be grateful for?

7. Debt: Everyone knows that when you don’t pay off your debt, you become a slave to the lender. The Governor has been reducing the state’s debt. This has gone a long way to help the state to self-sufficiency once all debts are paid. This is one of the silent achievements that hardly go noticed but have a huge impact on the general economy of the state. We would have been dancing to a different music by now if this was not attended to.

8. Internally Generated Revenue: The amount of the internally generated revenue of any state determines how powerful that state is, in relation to other states, and is one of the factors that determine what allocation a state gets from Abuja. Governor Ishaku has caught this vision and has been working very hard to increase the IGR of the state in order to fund governance and services in years to come.

He has revived the highland tea which can be sold worldwide, established one of the most powerful greenhouses in Nigeria and several upcoming projects. He even established the Revenue Monitoring Team, an arm of the Rescue Watch that ascertains the internally generated revenue of all government systems in order to block leakages and increase revenue. This has no doubt added some extra millions to government coffers.

9. Grassroots Governor: Most people know that most projects in this government enjoy a reasonable balance between Rural and Urban areas, especially in the areas of Water, Health, Power supply, Roads and several others. How many governments have achieved this feat? Let’s be grateful.

10. Rescue Watch: Rescue Watch is one of the programs anyone will call an administrative genius. It is structured in such a way that the three arms of government, along with all Ministries and Agencies, Local Governments and Traditional rulers are brought together to tackle issues across the state with all hands on deck. Shhh, let’s not tell the outside world much about this. They will repackage this and sell it back to us. The Rescue Watch can make the G20 nations call an emergency summit. Are we not grateful that this genius project is originating from Taraba state?

11. Touched Several MDAs: The Governor’s Projects and impact cuts across several Ministries and agencies. From providing counterpart funding, completing delayed projects, employment, empowerment and creating new projects, the Governor has touched nearly every MDA with his unique achievements. We should appreciate God for this too.

12. Bonuses: Several thousand pilgrims from both religions have been airlifted to the holy lands for the past two years. He has been faithfully providing foodstuff and beef during Christian and Muslim festivities. Governor Ishaku has made Taraba the envy of other states. He deserves a pat on the back. This is really cool.

13. Capital projects: Several noticeable and unnoticeable capital projects have been going on all over the state. Since the projects do not affect lives directly, like employment, salaries or bonuses do, many people think he is not doing anything tangible.

When we take statistics of before office and after assumption of office, we will fill up several books of his achievements within two and a half years. From the construction of roads, digitization of TTV and TSBS, schools, hospitals, water and several others, the capital projects by this administration can speak for themselves.

14. Not religiously biased: Any discerning person that cares to ask the simplest question will easily know that the Governor is not religiously biased. Some of his closest aides are not of the same faith with him. According to him, he does not even give any religion financial support secretly. He treats both equally in everything. Anyone accusing him of religious biasedness is not being fair at all.

15. Track record: Governor Ishaku is doing several things well because he has track record. As someone who managed a business, has two Masters Degrees and a PhD in view, been a University lecturer, widely travelled and oversaw three Federal Ministries as a Minister under the previous regime, Governor Ishaku has enough track record that makes him a dynamic leader.

16. Counterpart Funding: Despite the lean resources that come into the state every month, Governor Ishaku has scored very high in the provision of counterpart funding that initiated several foreign interventions in the state. Most times, Taraba is usually among the best three to provide counterpart funding.

That’s it for now. If you have any reason to criticize, you can do it and be heard. Check out three kinds of criticsm to get the Governor’s attention. As you can see, giving thanks is more profitable than complaints…If you get any occasion to complain, simply look up one of these areas and thank God instead.

What Catholic Bishops Assured Gov. Ishaku of

What Catholic Bishops Assured Gov. Ishaku of

Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku has commended the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria for choosing Jalingo the Taraba state Capital to host the second Plenary conference.

Governor Darius Ishaku said this yesterday during a dinner organised by Taraba State Government at the Catholic secretariat, saying that, it is the first of such event to be hosted by the state since it was created in 1991.

Darius Ishaku expressed confidence that the meeting will bring showers of blessings to the state through the prayers that will be offered to God in respect of the state and added that what the state needed most at the moment is peace and mutual trust among the people of the state.

He maintained that the lack of peace in some parts of the state has negatively impacted on social and economic lives and stressed that his administration was working assiduously to ensure that the state embraces peace, tolerance and harmonious coexistence across board.

The Taraba state Governor told the Bishops that one of his greatest achievement in the state was giving Ngada people a sense of belonging by creating the Ngada Development Area, explaining that the area was completely cut off from modernity occasioned by lack of schools, hospitals, roads and other basic amenities.

He revealed that the successes recorded so far in Ngada were made possible by the singular effort of his wife, Barr. Anna Ishaku through her pet project, the Hope Afresh foundation in liaison with some non governmental organisations.


Earlier in his speech, the Catholic Bishop of Jalingo Diocese, Most Rev. Dr. Charles Hammawa told the Governor that the Catholic Diocese of Jalingo is in support of the Governor’s rescue mission in the state.
Dr. Charles Hammawa stated that the ongoing rescue mission in the state should not only end here in Jalingo but should be extended to the Federal level, so that the wonderful skills acquisition and empowerment for women and youths will be replicated in all the books and corners of the country.

He assured the Governor of the support, partnership and collaboration of the entire members of Catholic Diocese of Jalingo and praised the wife of the Governor, Barr. Anna Ishaku for the beautiful works that she is doing in the Hope Afresh Foundation and urged her to continue to do more for women and youths and to also further fortify her campaign against drugs abuse among schools children and youths.

In his contribution, the Catholic Bishop of Lagos, Rev. Dr. Martin’s Adewale told the Governor that they have seen his contributions and inputs in the state and urged the Governor to do more particularly on the welfare of the citizenry.

Martins Adewale, commended the state government for the work he is doing in the state, particularly the greenhouse and other viable ventures that are impacting on the lives of the people of the state and appreciated the Governor for a wonderful hospitality and kindness and also assured him of the Bishops prayers at all times.