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Deputy Gov. Manu Inaugurates Committees for the Burial of Former Gov. Suntai.

Deputy Gov. Manu Inaugurates Committees for the Burial of Former Gov. Suntai.

Taraba state Deputy Governor, Engr. Haruna Manu has charged the 17 members steering committees and the 5 sub committees members of the burial of the former Governor of the state, late Danbaba Danfulani Suntai to exhibit high sense of commitment in ensuring that the former Governor gets a befitting state burial.


Late Pharm. D.D Suntai- Former Executive Governor of Taraba State

Deputy Governor Engr. Haruna Manu said this while inaugurating the steering committee and the sub committees in the Exco Chamber Government House Jalingo, saying that the state Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku places high premium in ensuring that the former Governor gets a befitting burial and that he has high opinion on the calibre of persons that have been selected to accord the former Governor his last honour.

Engr. Haruna Manu told the committee members that they should be conscious of the fact that the burial ceremony will attract dignitaries from both the state and other parts of the country and challenged them to be discreet in making sure that all activities are carefully planned and executed with absolute perfection.

He maintained that the state government is determined to honour the former Governor by making sure that all burial rites are followed rightly and equally called for proper documentation of each activity for future reference and call on the various committees to do their best to honour Taraba’s fallen hero who sacrificed enormously in transforming the state and asserted that all activities linedup should not be compromised.

Responding on behalf of the both steering committee and sub committees, the state chairman of Taraba State Independent Electoral Commission TSIEC, Dr. Philip Danladi Duwe who is also the chairman field sub committee appreciated the state Government for identifying and selecting them to serve in various committees.

Dr. Philip Duwe assured the Deputy Governor that, they will be firmed and resolute in carrying out the solemn responsibility, stressing that, they will put in their best so that they don’t betray the confidence reposed on them by the state Government, particularly that, the burial will be attended by people from all works of life.

The committees inaugurated by the Deputy Governor, Engr. Haruna Manu included the seventeen man steering committee which is under the chairmanship of the state Deputy Governor Engr Haruna Manu.

While the other five sub committees which included the publicity sub committee is to headed by Alhaji Aminu Jika Bobboji, the Security sub committee is to be chaired by Special Adviser on Security matters, Col. Wunuken Agyo and Abba Bashir Marafa, Chairman Tourism is to head the accommodation/feeding committee.

Others are, the field sub committee and will be chaired by Dr. Philip Duwe and Dr. Jesse Atesutma takes charged of transport sub committee.

Presidential Committee on North East Initiative Allocated Office in Jalingo.

Newly constructed PINE Office

Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku today inspected an office accommondation which will be donated to the Presidential Committee on North East Initiative, which will serve as Taraba office.

Conducting the Governor round the already completed office which is located along Jolly Nyame Way, the outside of the office complex properly landscaped, sprayed with laterites and embellished with f!owers.

While the main building has three offices, and a conference hall all fully air-conditioned as well as other facilities that will provide comfort for those that will use the office.

Speaking to Government House Press Crew in an interview, the Secretary to the Taraba State Government, Anthony Andrew Jellason said one of the requirements of the Presidential Committee on North East Initiative is to provide them with befitting office accommondation in all the States that make up the North East.

Anthony Jellason maintained that the office will serve as a Coordinating Unit for the Committee so that it can effectively reach out to people and places affected by crisis or insurgency with a view to generating accurate data for immediate response as well provide the needed assistance to people affected by unfortunate situation.

The SSG stated that the office will be handed over to the Coordinator of the State, Col. Agbu Kefas Retired, saying that the office is going to be of great significance to the Committee interms of assembling and the distribution of relief materials and stressed that, any form of assistance that is meant for the State from the Presidential Committee would be routed through the State office.

It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurated Presidential Committee on North East Initiative sometimes in October, 2016, with the mandate to assist in restoring normalcy and stability to the North Eastern part of our Country.

The President pointed out that the devastation to human lives and livelihood by the insurgency in the North East was severe, with more than an estimated 20,000 people killed, an estimated 2.4 million persons displaced and billions of naira worth of personal and public assets destroyed.

Muhammadu Buhari posited that there were lots of humanitarian intervention efforts, both national and international, that have worked over time to assist in coping with the task of bringing succour to the IDPs in and outside the region.

He added that, most of the efforts were aimed at providing short-term emergency assistance and relief to the victims of the violence and displaced, but he said, there remains a need for better coordination of these efforts particularly the humanitarian resettlement and reconstruction of the region.

The Governor was conducted round the office building by the Secretary to the State Government Anthony Andrew Jellason and the contractor of the project, Christopher Shiaki.

Gov Ishaku Frees 89 Convicted Inmates Across Taraba Prisons.

Gov Ishaku Frees 89 Convicted Inmates Across Taraba Prisons.

No fewer than 89 convicted inmates serving various jail terms across prisons in Taraba State yesterday regain their freedom through the benevolence of Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku.

Gov Ishaku had earlier promise to paid fines and compensations for 89 convicted inmates who have demonstrated good sense of industry and character while serving their jail terms as part of efforts to decongest the prisons.

Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barr. Yusuf Akirikwen while conveying the Governor’s message to the freed inmates charged them not to go back to their old life again.

He announced the Governor’s donation of N10,000 each for the freed inmates as a little grant that would enable them either go into farming or trading to engage themselves positively.

Akirikwen berated Police prosecutors for unjustly delaying prosecution of cases which ordinarily should have been dealt with thereby crowding the prisons unnecessarily.

Earlier, the State Comptroller of Prisons Taraba Command, Mr. Mustapha Atta who was filled with joy commended the Governor for being passionate and sensitive to the plight of inmates in the State and for his support to the prisons.

He commended the Governor for the inclusion of prisons’ inmates to benefit from the “Touching one million lives” programme of the State Government.

Gov. Ishaku Commiserates with Tarabans Over Ex-Gov. Suntai’s Death

Taraba state Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku says he received with great shock the passing on of the immediate past Governor of Taraba state, Pharmacist Danbaba Danfulani Suntai.

In a Press Release signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Hassan Mijinyawa, Governor Ishaku commiserated with the good people of Taraba state, particularly, the Suntai’s family over the great loss.

The Press Statement said Former Governor Danbaba Danfulani Suntai died in Orlando Florida, United States of America where he was recuperating after the plane he was piloting crashed  on 25 October, 2012 in Yola Adamawa state.

Governor Darius Ishaku described late Governor Danbaba Danfulani Suntai as a gift and asset who contributed immensely to the growth and development of the state and devoted his time to significantly transform Taraba State from a rural status to the modern day Taraba  and created the framework that made it possible for us to continue to provide the best for our people.

Accordingly, the Governor said his candour and decisiveness are still fresh in the minds of most Tarabans, particularly, the unalloyed  love he exhibited to the people of the state in all facets of endeavours and making Taraba great was his vision and mission.

Governor Darius Ishaku prayed God to grant the people of Taraba state and the family of late Danbaba Danfulani Suntai the strength to accept his demise in good faith.

Gov Ishaku Frees 89 Convicted Inmates Across Taraba Prisons.

At Eid-El-Fitr, Gov. Ishaku Greets Muslims. Urges Peace and Tolerance

Taraba state citizens have been urged to continue tolerating each other and be one another’s keepers. Governor Darius Ishaku said this in his message to the Muslim faithful on the occasion of the 2017 Eid-el-Fitr. The governor, who congratulated Muslims on a successful completion of the fasting said the lesson of the Ramadan must be fully embraced.
Speaking through the Senior Special Assistant, Public Affairs, Emmanuel Bello, Governor Ishaku said the festive period is also a time for sober reflection on the virtues of forgiveness, kindness and good neighborliness. He said Taraba state is blessed to be disparate in nature where unity in diversity is its main philosophy. 
He said, “I congratulate and greet our brothers and sisters who have observed the Ramadan which is a period of abstinence, sacrifice, and deep devotion. The goals of all faiths are to make us better human beings who love the Almighty and also love mankind. Today’s Sallah is thus a celebration of all we hold dear: mercy, hope, love, and respect for one another irrespective of our differences.”
Governor Ishaku who commended Muslims for working towards peace said he would continue to support such efforts. He noted that some people would seek to divide the citizens along sectarian lines but that tolerance is key to a healthy coexistence. He said, “this is a perfect day to recommit ourselves to things that bind us together. Incidentally, today’s Sallah is on a Sunday too as if God is sending a message of interfaith collaboration. Personally, I see how children play at school playgrounds not minding their faiths. Or a teacher imparting knowledge irrespective of how they worship. Or when a mother goes to her neighbor for salt not minding faith differences. I see how a trader would watch over the other’s ware while he or she has gone to pray. Our doctors or men in uniform working together to save lives irrespective of their beliefs. These are the beautiful examples that give me hope that we can live as one.”
He said, “we all have to come together, confront those who seek to divide us with hate rhetoric and speeches. Islam is a religion of peace as its tenets dictate. I’m proud of my own background which brought me early in contact with both faiths as I was growing up. Many Taraba citizens can attest to these relationships either as family members or friends. We must continue to build on this unique ties to deepen love, peace, and unity.”


Gov. Ishaku Appreciates God as He Marks Two Years in Office, Solicits for Prayers.

Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku says his election victory in 2015 was like passing through the eye of a needle by thunder by fire.

Governor Darius Ishaku stated this yesterday during a thanksgiving service marking his two years in office as the Executive Governor of Taraba State, which took place at the State Christians Association of Nigeria CAN Secretariat, Taraba State chapter.

Darius Ishaku lamented that almost two years were wasted as a result of some people who were determined to subvert the will of the people, saying that about two years of his administration was wasted crossing hurdles of litigations from one court to the other.

He appreciated God and people of the State for standing and supporting him all through his travails and asserted that, inspite of the challenges he has been able to make some landmark achievements in some areas.

The Governor maintained that there is an assignment to carrying out for the people of the State and stressed that, he will not relent untill the task is successfully completed, which he says bothers on illusive peace, lack of love and underdevelopment, positing that one of the Cardinal objective of the Rescue Mission is to preach love and to work out measures that will usher in speedy development of the State.

The Taraba State Governor averred that even in the face of financial hiccups his administration has been able to actively support about twelve thousand rice farmers as measures to reduce the country’s overdependence on the importation of rice and asserted that Taraba State has the capacity to supply rice requirement of the country.

Speaking on the effort being made to block leakages in the State, the Governor revealed that, there is still problem with the Primary School teachers, even with the suspension of some key officers in the finance department of the primary schools settings, but however said effort has been intensified to end it soonest.

He further added that, the issue of the Local Government staff have been successfully completed and they will soon get all their entitlements.

Darius Ishaku enumerated some key achievements to include dualization of Kona road, construction of Greenhouse, completion of projects hitherto started by the immediate past administration, sinking of over 100 boreholes across communities in the State, provision of water, improved electricity, revived about five maribound companies out of the 25 inherited as maribound, renovation of three pilot hospitals, roads construction in Jalingo and Takum and the offer of employment to some citizens of the State in some strategic Ministries.

He appreciated his wife, Barr. Anna Ishaku for standing by him and also playing a key role which led to discovery of people of Sunkuru and the subsequent creation of NGADA Special Development Area which the Governor revealed that, she has received award for her contribution in human development, particularly, Women and Youths Empowerment.

The Governor said the essence of the thanksgiving is to appreciate the people of the State and to sincerely appeal to them to imbibe the spirit of love, peace and tolerance and to accommodate each others inadequacies so that the State can forge ahead.

Darius Ishaku used the opportunity to tell the gathering to always offer positive suggestions that will help the State move forward, saying that, he is open to constructive criticism that is meant to better the lots of the State.

Earlier in his speech, the Taraba State CAN Chairman, Rev. Dr. Ben Ubeh said the two years of the present administration is worth thanking God considering the enormous challenges faced at the onset of the administration, yet it was able to make significant impact on the lives of the people.

Dr. Ben Ubeh commended Governor Darius Ishaku for a job well done and said despite the court cases, there is development that could be visibly seen which he enumerated to include, completion of palace way road, reviving the school of Nursing and Midwifery, provision of transformers to many communities, employment among other things.

He assured the Governor of continues CAN support at all times and called on the people of the State to support all his devepmental stride so that more dividends of democracy would be provided to the citizenry.

The CAN Chairman commended Barr. Anna Ishaku for being a worthy partner and for standing firmly by husband when the going was rough and tough and encouraged her not to relent in her humanitarian services.

In a sermon delivered by evangelist Philip Munlip during the thanksgiving service, focused on the biblical connotations that relates to democracy, pointing out that democracy is deeply rooted in the Holy Bible.

Evangelist Munlip quoted variously from the potions of the holy Bible to support his points which included, Psalms 95 and psalms 113, adding that, this is the first time democracy is having a seamless triumph in the country.

He maintained that the story of the Governor’s emergence is miraculous, owing to series of problems and controversies that were man made in order to thwart the will of God and the mandate of the people of the State and posited that, the emergence of Darius Dickson Ishaku is divinely ordained by God.

The preacher said Governor Ishaku is a unique Governor amongst all the Governors in the Country considering the turbulence of unimaginable wave of conspiracy, court cases and name calling among others yet he remained focus and resolute.

Evangelist Philip Munlip used the opportunity to call on the people of the State to support him, so as to consolidate on the gains made so far asserting that without those encumbrances he would have performed better than what he has already achieved.

Highpoint of the thanksgiving giving service was taking of the first scriptural reading by the Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku while Rev. Simon Jatutu, Hon. D.C. Hosea and Barr. Yusuf Akirikwen took the second, third and fourth reading respectively.
The wife of the Governor, Barr. Anna Ishaku was also part of the thanksgiving service.