- Give me PEACE, and I will give you DEVELOPMENT.
(By Gov. Ishaku; on many occasions and events in the state).
- I foresee a time when a graduate in Taraba will be riding a posh car like mine as a result of selling quality grass to ranchers.
(By Gov. Ishaku during inauguration of sensitization Committees on graziers and farmers, July 2017).
- I can’t endanger more people to go and develop Mambilla Plateau when you are in pieces.
(By Gov. Ishaku during the swearing in Ceremony of the New Acting Chairman of Sardauna Local Government, July 28th, 2017).
- We are grossly under-policed. 7 Policemen could not maintain 7,000 people at the mining site where the violence started.
(By Gov. Ishaku while commenting on the Crises in the Mambilla Plateau, July 28th, 2017).
- I’ll Rather Sacrifice myself than lose the life of any of our citizens. If I fail to protect them, then I’ve really failed.
(Gov. Ishaku made these assertions at a dinner he held with some selected Editors of various newspapers in Abuja; July 16th, 2017).
- I do not believe that government has any business in business because all the companies set up by the state government in the past have all gone under; …
(By Gov. Ishaku while fielding questions from a Journalist, The Nation-Nov. 20, 2016).
- My dear Wife complements my work a lot. How would I have taken an 18 -hour long trip by road to discover people? Or carry out Youth Sensitization Campaigns on drug abuse or even think of the dead by renovating the Cemetery?
(By Gov. Ishaku at the Stakeholders Workshop on TREATNET Practitioners Level Training in collaboration between the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (U.N.O.D.C) and the Taraba State Government. 4th July, 2017).
President of the Haddadiyah Ekklisiyar Kristi a Nigeria HEKAN, Reverend Amos Kiri Gbokom has described late Danbaba Danfulani Suntai as a beacon of hope unity and development.
Amos Kiri stated this while addressing the congregation at the HEKAN center along Katsina road, Kaduna State.
He said the achievements of the deceased remain indelible in the sands of time, expressing happiness that Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku is improving on and also initiating viable development programs that has direct bearings to the life of the people.
The President praised the doggedness and resilience of Governor Ishaku on his statement on the recent crisis on the Mambilla Plateau stating that all lives of the citizens are precious irrespective of tribe, religion and other affiliations.
Amos Kiri also commended Governor Ishaku on development recorded in the Agriculture sector and Youth empowerment mostly the recent training of Youths in Kenya, who learned modern method of water dispensing and the concluded first phase of his women and Youth empowerment program.
He thanked the wife of the Governor Anna Darius Ishaku for her wise counsel to her husband which has made him succeed in steering the ship of leadership. The President commiserated with Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku and entire people of the state over the demise of former Governor of the state Danbaba Danfulani Suntai and pray God to grant him eternal rest.
Your Excellency, I wish to join the First Family and the good people of Taraba to celebrate the birth of an icon of service, a patriarch of hope and peace, as you mark your 63rd birthday.
As a people and government, we are grateful for the continuous blessings that we experience and share your extraordinary vision, leadership, and numerous pace-setting achievements and accomplishments.
As we strive to build upon your examples of tolerance, compassion and the pursuit of peace for development, we shall always reflect on your good virtues and sense of impacts.
Your Excellency, on behalf of my self, my family and the good people of Taraba, we wish you long life, divine health and pray that the good Lord continue to guide, protect and preserve you now and always.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE RESCUE CAPTAIN AND ARCHITECT OF DEVELOPMENT.
Deputy Governor, Taraba State
Prayer has been identified as key towards a successful marriage. Bishop of the Anglican Church, Diocese of Kaduna, Timothy Yahaya made the remarks during the wedding solemnization of Aisha Dauda and Oyewumi Oyedokun at our Saviour’s Anglican Church Kaduna State.
He said when couples pray together they will always make their home a danger zone for enemies. The Bishop who Christened his message, keys of a successful marriage remarked that any marriage that is not built on the foundation of Jesus Christ would surely crash.
Timothy Yahaya maintained that pump and pageantry are irrelevant during marriage, urging couples to leave the life of sacrifice for the sake of love, peace and harmony. He stressed that communication is also very vital in establishing homes which Christians must strive at maintaining and decease from uttering inflammatory statements to one another.
The Clergy said sacrificial freedom by the couples would help them to understand one another with love and respect for one another. Timothy Yahaya on behalf of the Anglican Diocese of Kaduna commiserated with Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku and Tarabans over the demise of Danbaba Danfulani Suntai, former Governor of the State.
Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku was accompanied to the wedding solemnization by his wife Barr. Anna Ishaku, Permanent Secretary liaison office Abuja, Jeji Williams and other aides.
Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku has advocated for improved policing in the country. The Governor stated this while answering questions from newsmen in Kaduna State, on the backdrop of the recent crisis on the Mambilla plateau.
He said the number of Police personnel in the country is grossly inadequate to curtail crisis. Governor Ishaku commended the Federal Government for their swift response to the Mambilla crises urging them to maintain the spirit.
The Governor stressed that he has inaugurated two committees to sensitize farmers and cattle rearers on the Mambilla plateau and called on the people of the area to support him.
He maintained that the economic viability of the area cannot be toyed with, hence the need for synergy towards the maintenance of peace for development to thrive. Governor Ishaku emphasized that ranching remains the only option for farmers and cattle rearers to live in peace and harmony and in turn boost their revenue base.
By Emmanuel Bello
Last Saturday night was memorable as both visiting editors from Lagos and some Abuja based ones had dinner with Governor Darius Ishaku. As a Saturday
Night performance, the governor put up an award winning spectacular display. Call it a razzmatazz and you would be right. But it was also serious business.
The venue was the tastily furnished official abode of the governor at upscale Asokoro, popularly called TY Danjuma House. A stickler to time, Governor Ishaku, modestly dressed in shirt and face cap ushered his guests to the dinner at about 8 pm. What started as an ordinary night of light banters, ended up as a seminar of sorts as Governor Ishaku donned his professorial cap to deliver a cerebral lecture on the state of Taraba state. He left no one in doubt as to his grasp of all issues pertaining Taraba state: its attributes, its challenges and the ways out.
The night started with mild and light hearted introductions in between meals. Some of the Editors were just meeting the governor for the first time even though their energy correspondents had covered the governor in the past when he was Minister of Power. The governor asked after one or two names he worked with back then. The cuisine was mostly light for that time of the evening with an exotic array of drinks.
The governor welcomed his guests after the self-introductions. He said the dinner was something he wanted to have with the Editors since January but was hampered by time constraints. Speaking on the need for a robust relationship with the media, he said he has always strived to ensure good working conditions for practitioners in the state. He said, “I’m sure the media would consider me their friend. I also honestly believe that the media is the last hope of the common over and above even the courts because you work to ensure social justice.” At this point, one of the Editors smiled and said, “well, even sometimes we have to come to the judges’ rescue. So yes you are right about this.”
On what he has been doing for the media in Taraba, Ishaku said, “I met a Sunrise newspaper whose sun has set (general laughter) when I became governor. I’m going to ensure the Sun rises again but for now, I want to ensure we finish the digitization of our electronic media. As I speak we now have 17 hours or so of television due to modern equipment. We have phased out close to two decades of obsolete gadgets. The same things we are doing to the radio station.”
Some of the editors have never been to Taraba state. Debo Abdullahi, Editor of Tribune said he went to Taraba in the 90’s. It was a harrowing experience he recalls especially in terms of transportation. Abdullahi also scaled the mountainous height of the Mambilla in an exhausting journey. But all that has changed, the governor told him and the other guests. Going to Taraba and climbing the Mambilla had been made easy.
How? Hear the governor: “one of the things I did was to open up the air space. The airport has been lying down there with no visible or even serious aviation happening there. So we solved that by finishing the runway. I got Overland Airline to start coming. I knew Overland when I was the minister of power because it was easy to take them and go round the power facilities around Nigeria. So I spoke to them and they agree to be coming. That’s how we now have three flights per week. It’s really changed how business is been done. You know, people, investors alike can come into our cities and do business now with ease. The roads have also been improved. We have good roads from Jalingo up to the Mambilla reducing the hours spent on the road.”
On the menu was the Highland tea. The governor saw how some of the editors glanced at the product and relished it. “You seem to like it,” he said, raising one of the packs. ” I met this wonderful tea dead. So I did something. We worked hard to ensure we generated electricity at Kakara. Electricity is literally headquartered on that Mambilla. The dam there can give us close to 4000MW. I got to work. And we enliven the Kakara hydroelectricity. That’s how this tea industry revived. Now, Highland tea is back. Jobs have been restored too.
The beauty of the Mambilla is that it is so endowed. It is Nigeria’s Camp David. People even live longer because of the climatic conditions. We have the largest herd of cows in Nigeria up there and they are ranched. Yes. Ranching is already happening there even before our law on the same issue.”
The editors all said they would love to visit the Mambilla and they got the governor’s promise that he would soon take them there.