After a review of the security situation in parts of Jalingo and Ardo Kola Local Government Areas of Taraba State which experienced crisis recently, His Excellency, Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku has approved that the current curfew imposed on Jalingo town and other affected areas should now start from 9pm and end at 6am daily until further notice. This means a three-hour reduction in the time previously covered by the curfew.
Governor Ishaku also ordered a ban on the movement of Keke NAPEP in all the areas covered by the curfew between 8pm and 6pm daily until further notice.
He directed security agencies in the state to ensure strict enforcement of these new directives on security in the state.
Bala Dan Abu
S.S.A to the Governor.
The Independent National Electoral Commission has postponed today’s election till next week Saturday due to insufficiency of election materials.
This decision was made after an emergency stakeholders meeting at the INEC headquarters in Abuja late on Friday.
Addressing the newsmen shortly after the meeting, Chairman of the commission, Prof Mahmud Yakubu said the commission regrets the inconvenience caused by the shift in the date.
He said, “the commission met on Friday to revisit its preparations on the elections and it found out that proceeding with the polls is not good now.
“The commission has postponed the presidential and National Assembly elections till Saturday 23rd of February 2019 and governorship and state assembly till 9th of March, 2019”.
He however said it will meet with other stakeholders today at International Conference Centre at 2pm Today.
The Taraba State Government has noted with dismay the frequent use of motorcycles in Jalingo, the State Capital in contravention of the existing regulation on the ban which is still in force.
In the light of the above, motorcycle riders are warned to stay off the streets of Jalingo metropolis as the police and other security agencies have been authorized to arrest, detain and prosecute violators of the law.
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor
The Commission of inquiry into the recent crisis on the Mambilla Plateau in Taraba state set up by the state government has called on the public to submit written memoranda on the crisis.
Secretary of the Commission, Barr. Jibrin Hamidu in a statement issued yesterday in Jalingo added that Governor Darius Ishaku has approved two months extension for the Commission to carried out the assignment instead of the initial three weeks.
According to the statement such memoranda, which are to be submitted in 15 bound copies are to be addressed to the Secretary of the Commission at the State Ministry of Justice, State Secretariat Jalingo.
The statement further noted that the Commission will commence public hearing on August, 3rd in Gembu, headquarters of Sardauna local government.
Meanwhile, Governor Ishaku has declared that normalcy has completely returned on the Mambilla after the unfortunate incident that claimed several lives and properties.
In a release signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Hassan Mijinyawa, Ishaku admonished the people of the state to eschew violence and promote peaceful coexistence.
The governor who stated that his administration has articulated strategies to enhance the people’s wellbeing and safety said the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has distributed relief materials to the affected communities on the Mambilla and more relief materials were on the way.
Some comments I have read recently concerning Mr Bala Dan Abu, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Taraba State on Media and Publicity are a gross misconception of the nature of his appointment. It is not true that Mr Abu has been appointed as replacement for Sylvanus Giwa who died recently.
Mr Abu was appointed senior special assistant, media and publicity in September last year. He functioned in that position from Abuja briefly before he was moved to Jalingo where he enjoyed an excellent working relationship with Giwa until he died recently. The occasion recently arose for Mr Abu to sign a press release on behalf of the government and he did using his official designation which was hitherto unknown to most people.
To say Mr. Abu has been appointed as replacement for Giwa and then accuse His Excellency, Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku of giving the job to a non-indigene of the state is a product of misinformation. Mr Abu’s appointment is not new and the terms have not changed even after the death of Giwa.
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Taraba State.
Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Sylvanus Giwa has condemned in strong terms the recent teachers’ demonstrations using juvenile in the state.
Hon. Silvanus Giwa.
Sylvanus Giwa made the condemnation while speaking with the Press crew at the government house Jalingo.
He said it is an abuse to use pupils, saying the action amounts to undermining their fundamental human rights.
The SSA, appealed to teachers to be calm as the government is making frantic efforts to regularised the payment of their salaries.
Sylvanus Giwa urged Teachers to cooperate with the grassroots committee who are on a physical screening of teachers in the state.
He stated that Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku had expended money to screen Primary school teachers with lots of irregularities that would be surmounted soonest by the government
The SSA, maintained that the authentication of teachers mostly those at the grassroots would help to track some of the irregularities in the system
Sylvanus Giwa queried the rationale of some fake teachers who are bent on truncating government good intention, advising them to refrain from the dastardly act.
He advised teachers with genuine cases to submit their valid documents to designated authorities for it to be resolved permanently.
The SSA frowned at the manner some politicians were using the demonstration to create confusion in the state and called on people of the state to always support governor Darius Dickson Ishaku administration.
He called on the teachers to always consult with Labour Unions to address issues confronting them.
Sylvanus Giwa advised teachers to go back to school as some of them have started receiving their salaries.