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Enabling Environment, A Panacea for Sustainable Development – Gov. Ishaku.

Enabling Environment, A Panacea for Sustainable Development – Gov. Ishaku.

By Samson Zanunga.

Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku says it is only when there is an enabling environment, that sustainable development can be guaranteed in any clime.

He stated this while playing host to the Editor-in-Chief of Africa Magazine, Mr. Kayode Soyinka in the Office at Government House Jalingo.

The Governor who expressed joy over the work done by the magazine in showcasing the abundant wealth of the State and it’s people assured that his administration is focused on developing the State regardless of the paucity of funds.

According to Governor Ishaku, there is no better way of showcasing the natural resources of the State than through a medium like the African magazine whose publisher, he described as a man of deep insight and passionate about Nigeria and the African continent.

“let me state it here that we will do our best as a government to meet the yearnings of our people through the provision of sustainable development in the key sectors of our economy”, he said.

Earlier, Mr. Kayode Soyinka stated that, Taraba is a miniature Nigeria where the best of the best in terms of natural resources and agriculture is in abundance.

He harped on the need for government to do it’s best in no small measure to lift the State to a more developed level.

“You have a good man as your Governor and he is passionate about developing the State. Taraba has the potentials to be a great State that Nigeria and the rest of Africa can be proud of”, he noted.

Highlights of the visit was the presentation of copies of the latest edition of the magazine to the Governor.

Present at the visit were top government functionaries and heads of board and parastatals.

Gov. Ishaku Accorded a Rousing Welcome at IBB Daughter’s Wedding

Gov. Ishaku Accorded a Rousing Welcome at IBB Daughter’s Wedding

Taraba State Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku was among dignitaries that attended the wedding Fatiha of Halima Babangida daughter of General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida IBB and Lawal Abdullahi.

The Governor who arrived the Minna Airport around five minutes past one Pm. was accompanied by his wife Anna Ishaku and speaker Taraba state house of Assembly Abel Peter Diah. Governor Ishaku and entourage were received by stakeholders in Niger state and families of the groom at the airport.

The wedding which was the gathering of the creme de la creme of the society saw the presence of political bigwigs including the former president of the country Goodluck Jonathan, Namadi Sambo, Bukola Saraki and top Military Generals in attendance.

Abdullahi paid five hundred thousand naira and ten cows as dowry.

FG to Inject N500bn in Mortgage Bank to Tackle Housing Deficit.

FG to Inject N500bn in Mortgage Bank to Tackle Housing Deficit.

The Federal Government has said it will recapitalise the Federal Mortgage Bank to the tune of N500 billion to help cater for the housing needs of Nigerians. 

Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing, Mustapha Baba disclosed this on Monday in Jalingo while commissioning the Ministerial Pilot Housing Scheme Project, financed by the Federal Mortgage Bank.

Mustapha said the recapitalisation will reposition the bank to adequately cater for the mortgage finance needs of Nigerian workers who would be beneficiaries of the housing scheme of the Buhari administration.

He commended the bank’s efforts in stepping up to the challenge of housing deficit by participating in the supply and the demand side of housing finance.

The Minister noted that the estate and its peers scheduled for commissioning across the country and others commissioned in the past were funded from the limited resources of the National Housing Fund and urged Nigerian workers to contribute to the fund to reduce Housing Deficit in the country.

While reiterating the resolve of the Buhari administration in addressing the challenge of housing shortage in the country, the Minister said plans have reach advance stage to commence the implementation of the construction of 5000 housing units in each State of the federation under public-private partnership for the next three years.

On his part, Taraba Governor, Darius Ishaku represented by his deputy, Engr. Haruna Manu said the commissioning will reduce the housing needs of the State Civil Servants and thanked the contractor for delivering a quality job.

“Taraba Government is interested in working with the Federal Mortgage Bank and the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing to build more houses for the people of the State.

“We are equally doing our best to meet the housing needs of the fast growing population of the State following the relocation of some people into the State as a result of insurgency in some North – Eastern States.

“Already land has been acquired to build 500 housing units for the people in partnership with some development partners,” he said.

Earlier, National President of the Trade Union Congress,  Comrade Boboi Bala Kaigama called on the State Government to subsidise the houses as Civil Servants even on grade level 17 cannot afford the N7m pegged for the 3 bedroom semi-detached bungalow.

Boboi appealed to the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing to consider Local Government workers in the housing scheme of the Federal Government to give them a sense of belonging.

National Mirror reports that the 202 Housing Estate has 24 one bedroom Terrace going for N3.2m, 88 two bedroom Bungalow at N5.6m and 90 three bedroom Bungalow N7million.

Insecurity: Gov. Ishaku Urges Nigerians to Be Security Conscious.

Insecurity: Gov. Ishaku Urges Nigerians to Be Security Conscious.

gov-dariusWorried by incessant attacks and killings across the Country, Taraba Governor, Darius Dickson Ishaku yesterday called on Nigerians to be security conscious, as government and security agencies would not be everywhere all the time to protect them.

The Governor who urged Christians across the Country to rise up and defend themselves against terrorists before they are completely annihilated, made the call in Jalingo during an Interdenominational Church service organized by the Christians Association of Nigeria CAN, to celebrate the new year and to pray for victims of Southern Kaduna massacre and other victims of terrorism across the country.

According to Ishaku who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Mr. Anthony Jellason, the deliberate and systematic massacre of Christians in Southern Kaduna, the North East and other parts of the country by terrorists over the years has called for actions on the part of the people.

Ishaku said that the government can not be everywhere to defend people at all time and so the people should embrace their constitutional right of  self defense to save themselves from the evil clutches of fundamentalists.

“I was at the site of the mayhem in parts of Ardo Kola this morning and the level of destruction there is unimaginable. A few weeks ago, it was in Gassol, then Karim. We are all aware of what is going on in Southern Kaduna.

“The people must wake up from their slumber and defend themselves. You can’t just sit down and allow yourselves to be annihilated by other groups. You have a constitutional right to self defense and now is the time to use it. The government alone can not do it”, Ishaku said.

Meanwhile the State Chairman CAN, Rev. Dr.  Ben Ubeh in his message to the people called for prayers to be intensified for the people of Southern Kaduna and Christians all over the country who have been subjected to systematic attacks since 2009.

Rev. Ubeh, who accused the Kaduna State Governor Mallam Nasir El-Rufai of complicity in the killings in Southern Kaduna also noted that President Muhammadu Buhari’s indifference to the killings and destruction caused by Fulani herdsmen sends a very dangerous signal that needs to be checked urgently.

He advised the people to “match their prayers with actions” as “faith is not only theoretical but also practical and requires action for full manifestation”, noting angels can not come down from heaven to fight for the people.

The thanksgiving service featured special prayers of thanksgiving and various intentions including prayers for a sense of direction for the President, prayers against bribery and corruption and for victims of killings in Southern Kaduna, Taraba and other parts of the Country.

Gov. Ishaku Enjoins Christians to Donate Generously Towards Uplifting Evangelism.

Gov. Ishaku Enjoins Christians to Donate Generously Towards Uplifting Evangelism.

Gov. IshakuTaraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku has challenged christians to donate generously to help build a befitting place of worship where people can make genuine supplications to God Almighty.

Governor Ishaku said this yesterday during the Launching of 120 million Naira for the building of a Proposed Church Auditorium in Mararaba Baisa, Donga Local Government Area.

The Governor who was the Chairman of the occasion told the congregation to give priority to gathering that is Godly and to also avail themselves of his divine blessings and providence. 

To the building committee, the Governor  advised them to construct a road that will give clear view so that the great edifice that would  be built should be seen clearly from the road.

He commended Senator Emmanuel Bwacha for replicating what he did in Abuja, saying that, it is a thing of joy that he has come to do same in his village.

He beckoned on the gathering to donated generously for the project so that it will be completed speedily.

The Governor maintained that Senator Bwacha is a special gift to the CRC-N and prayed for God’s spirit to guide him rightly at all times and charged him not to relent in contributing to the growth of evangelism in Southern Taraba.

He praised the people of Mararaba on the level of their commitment by completing the foundation that is now ready for further elevation.

In his speech, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha stated that he was touched that the old building can no longer accommodate the numbers of worshippers that worship in the church.

He revealed that with the cooperation of his people and support from his colleagues, associates and partners, his village will soon have a befitting place of worship and gave God the glory for his divine Providence.

Speaking during the launching, the Host pastor, Rev Emmanuel Sam said building a church of this magnitude at this time of recession is amazing and also aimed at appreciating and uplifting God’s glorious name.

Rev. Emmanuel Sam further explained that the present worship center has become too small that during Sunday worships it hardly contains up to 30 percent of those that have come to worship, forcing some to returned home without attending the service.

He said from time to time God calls his people to build a worship and prayer house for him to his glory and quoted from the book Haggai 2:1-8 during the time of prophet Haggai, the reign of King Darius and Zerubbabel of Judah, similar building was raised to reverence God.

The cleric urged all to give generously onto God and disclosed that the project has gulped about 17 million Naira and stressed that God still wants his children to come together and give for the completion of the project.

The highest donation of 34 million Naira came from Senator Emmanuel Bwacha, his friends, colleagues and associates.

The Church Auditorium when completed has about 1200 seating Capacity.

Gov. Ishaku Says Taraba Will Witness a New Dawn in 2017.

Gov. Ishaku Says Taraba Will Witness a New Dawn in 2017.

Christmas in TakumTaraba State Governor, Darius Dickson Ishaku says with the high spirit and so much enthusiasm and excitement exhibited by Tarabans during this period of Christmas, Taraba will soon experience a paradigm shift.

Governor Darius Ishaku stated this in Rimi Primary School Takum during the Boxing Day celebration, saying that, Christmas is a day to celebrate agape love therefore everyone should ensure that the love shown during this season of Christmas transcends beyond the celebration and becomes part and parcel of their lives.

Darius Ishaku maintained that where there is love, there wouldn’t be strife whatsoever and tasked those gathered to ensure  that peace which is the bedrock of development is maintained and sustained in their respective domain so that government can take advantage of and develop the State speedily.

He reaffirmed his determination to transform the State for the better by engaging the citizenry in skills that will better their lives and to equally contribute meaningfully to the economic development of the State.

The Governor revealed that the first batch of trainees in the State will be graduating by January and another would be engaged until all Tarabans are into one trade or the other, or gainfully employed, adding that this will go a long way in reducing idleness and unnecessary bickering among the people.

Governor Darius Ishaku said concerted effort will be made to ensure Taraba State progresses steadily until it becomes a force to reckoned with in the country, particularly in the areas of tea manufacturing, rice farming,  mining and beef production as he urged all Tarabans to tightened their belts because lots of people would involved in the new drive.

Darius Ishaku spoke more on the importance of peace and harmonious coexistence in the State, “This is the peace we are talking about, and you have all shown it, and I commend you all for this wonderful show of love. I urge us to keep sustaining the peace because without peace, the development we all seek will not come to our doorsteps,” he stated.

He appreciated all and sundry for coming to celebrate Christmas with him in his country home,  Takum and specially thanked all the dance groups from various Local Government Areas for the wonderful entertainment.

The Governor in his magnanimity gave out two Hajj seats to one Papalolo who is always present at every gathering the Governor attends and to a little Amina, who sang a song for him and also gave gifts to all the cultural groups who performed during the boxing day celebration as a token of love for the season.  

Some of the cultural dances displayed during  the occasion included that of the Tiv, Ichen, Mumuye, Kuteb, Jukun , and Drama presentation from the Taraba State Arts Council.