The 40th Anniversary of His Royal Highness, the Aku Uka of Wukari, Dr. Shekarau Angyu Masa Ibi Kuvyon ll, Chairman Councils of Chiefs Taraba State and Chancellor Federal University Dutse is scheduled to hold on Friday the 17th to Saturday the 18th of March, 2017, in the ancient town of Wukari, Wukari Local Government Area.
A release signed by the Deputy Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Iliya Bekyu Akweh states that the ceremony will start at 9 o’clock in the morning at the Kwararafa University Permanent site along Wukari Jalingo road.
Also contained in the release, is a warning by State Government to individuals or groups to avoid any form of act that is capable of breaching peace during the celebrations.
The release further warned people that would hire the services of thugs or hoodlums at the venue of the event to desist forth with as any any attempt will attract the full wrath of the law.
Accordingly, all security agencies deployed to provide security during the event have been mandated by the release to ensure extra vigilance and as well arrest individuals or group that would want to undermine the success and peaceful conduct of the fortieth anniversary celebrations of the Aku Uka.
The Chairman, Taraba State Independent Electoral Commission, TSIEC, Dr. Philip Duwe has attributed the success of the recently concluded local government election, held on the 25th of February, 2017 to the massive sensitisation embarked upon by the Commission.
TSIEC Chairman, Dr Philip Duwe
Dr. Philip Duwe said this recently while fielding questions from Journalists on the peaceful conduct of the local government election, saying that, the Commission embarked on a wide range of consultations, which included the stakeholders, the non-governmental organizations, the Media and the traditional institution and with a resolve to do the right thing which will project the state in good light.
The TSIEC chairman maintained that, the Commission was resolute that all votes must count and people must be allowed to come out and exercise their franchise, stressing that, the early dispatch of election materials was carried out 72 hours before the election day to their respective destinations, beginning from local government to the ward levels and the polling units, with a strong warning to those trained to ensure that they operate within the ambit of the electoral law.
He said no human activity is perfect, explaining that only God is infallible and stated that power is transient, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.
He said the Commission relied on the consciences of the staff to guide them aright “so that we will be able to do what is acceptable to all Tarabans in order to project the state in good light and to uplift the status of states Independent electoral commission across the country”.
Speaking on the issue of the cancelled election in Ibi Local Government Area, Dr. Philip Duwe lamented that Ibi case was purely based on animosity and called on people of the state to always settle their grievances using the right channel and not to use election period to cause untold hardship to innocent citizens, appealing for consideration to issues that are not related to election.
The Chairman appreciated the people of the state for the incredible support accorded him, which he said it culminated into acceptable results across the state and assured that he would ensure that the processes in the future election would be conducted in a more transparent manner.
Taraba State Government has approved the recruitment of three thousand Teachers to boost the performance of Taraba indigenes and to reposition the educational sector to be comparable to any in the country.
This was disclosed to Government House Press Crew at the Exco Chambers shortly after the Executive Council meeting yesterday by the Commissioner for Education, Mr. Johannes Jegem, Barr. Yusuf Akirikwen and the Head of service of the State, Mr. Simon Angyu during a Press briefing on the resolution of the Council as chaired by the Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku where landmark approval was given to the Ministry of Education.
The Commissioner for Education, Hon. Johannes Jegem disclosed that during the meeting, Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku and the entire Council members approved the recruitment of 3000 trained teachers to beef up the educational sector of the State.
Hon. Johannes Jegem said, the essence of the scheme which is tittled, ‘Rescue Teachers Scheme,’ is to enhance total Reformation in the education sector to make it sound, resourceful and result oriented in line with the new National Policy on Education in the Country.
He stressed that, Education is the cornerstone of human and Economic development in Taraba State and beyond and called on qualified and trained teachers to take advantage of this opportunity.
He explained that emphasis will be given to NCE and first degree holders in the fields of education.
The Commissioner disclosed that the recruitment will reflect Federal character where all the 16 Local Government Councils will be given equal opportunity, but said, trained teachers in the fields of sciences will be given priority as it has been allocated 70% of those to be recruited while 30% goes to teachers in the fields of Arts and the recruitment is strictly for Secondary Schools cadre.
While in his contribution, the Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Barr. Yusuf Akirikwen said the approval is meant to improve and sustain the performance recorded by students of Taraba State in the last year’s West Africa Examination Council WAEC.
He posited that the present administration led by Darius Ishaku is determined to vigorously reposition the State educational sector saying, the submission received a unanimous support from the entire Exco members.
Barr. Yusuf Akirikwen maintained that the focus of the Rescue Mission of Arc. Darius Ishaku is to provide jobs for Tarbans and take them off the streets and called on graduates and NCE holders that are indigenes of the State to apply immediately.
He explained that, out of the three thousand teachers to be employed, one thousand will be first degree holders while the remaining two thousand will strictly be for NCE holders.
He also called on those who are under the manpower scheme of the State to also apply as they will be given special consideration, particularly those with first degree and NCE holders.
In his contribution, the State Head of Service, Mr. Simon Angyu revealed that the ban on employment was lifted last year by the State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku and the employment is expected to be carried out in phases.
According to him, the Ministry of Health has employed Nurses and Midwives as well as Health workers and the retention of retiring nurses on contract basis because of lack of nurses in the health sector of the State, adding that more people will be recruited into the State Civil Service to make it more productive and vibrant.
Simon Angyu then used the opportunity to call on people of the State to support the present administration led by Arc. Darius Ishaku and his Rescue Mission to succeed.
Taraba State Government says no going back on the ongoing Biometrics screening exercise embarked upon by the State Government to ascertain the exact numbers of Primary Schools Teachers on Government payroll.
This was disclosed by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku, Mr. Sylvanus Yakubu Giwa while briefing Government House Press Crew, hence the need for the people of the State to explore dialogue as a means of addressing issues rather than being confrontational.
Sylvanus Giwa said the protest on Monday by a faceless group was uncalled for and reaffirmed Government’s determination to continue with the screening of teachers until ghost workers are completely eradicated from the payroll of Taraba State Universal Basic Education Board TSUBEB.
The Senior Special Assistant maintained that gone were the days of using uncivilised way of resolving issues and called on the people of the State to always use dialogue as the only viable means of addressing problems.
He added that, the exercise is also meant to reposition the activities of TSUBEB in the State and challenged those that are incitiing teachers to embark on protest to desist from such acts, positing that, they do not have the interest of teachers at heart.
He revealed that Government wants what is best for teachers in Taraba State and no amount of intimidation or protest as being carried out by people who are outrightly stealing what belongs to teachers will stop her.
He further pointed out that their evil deeds have caught up with them and now, they have resorted to inciting teachers to embark on protest with a view to embarassing the present administration in the State.
Sylvanus Giwa stressed that, due process will be strictly followed and challenged politicians who are heating up the process to desist as Government is determined to deal with any person found meddling in the Biometrics exercise in the State.
The Governor’s spokesman mentioned that, when the exercise is concluded more teachers will be recruited with a view to further enhancing the standard of education thereby, bettering the lives of teachers.
He added that recently, Taraba State Governor lifted the ban on employment in the State which is aimed at bringing on board more people in the State Civil Service.
While it is no longer news that Gov. Darius Ishaku spent the Christmas holiday in his country home, Takum, an aide of his has explained the motive behind the series of meetings the governor held while at home. Ishaku was also at various local governments, meeting with youth, women and other social groups where he encourages an open exchange of ideas.
Ichen Elders pay Courtesy Call to Gov. Ishaku
In a statement, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Public Affairs, Emmanuel Bello, said the governor is always committed to the people in more ways than one. He said, “this sort of interaction comes to the Governor naturally. He’s people friendly. What the Governor is doing is creating more avenues to directly connect with the people as part of the assurance he gave the state that he would continue to run an open door policy. He is a governor for all and not a few privileged individuals. And the essence of democracy is becoming a servant of the people. He is there for the people and not the other way round.”
Bello said the era when constituents found it difficult to meet their leaders physically is fast fading, stressing that the Governor would continue to provide platforms to reach more groups and individuals directly with the sole aim of hearing from them and meeting immediate needs.
He said, “if not for the arduous demands of office work, the governor wouldn’t mind spending the entire day sitting with the people and hearing from them directly. That’s why even after office, the Governor continues to meet with people deep in the evenings. This helps a great deal with the necessary feedback needed for policy formation. Of course, the people all have elected representatives who are doing their work, but nothing compares with this hands on, on the spot sort of approach the governor prefers. So Tarabians should expect more of such interactive sessions where the governor would get first-hand information from the people.
Gov Ishaku does not believe in the mystification of power where people are shielded from their leaders. He tries to establish personal contact with the electorate as often as possible. This is not just about playing politics but something deep inside of him. He thus would be enhancing on this work ethics to spend more time attending to the people while carrying out the works that need to be done.”
Taraba state Governor, Arc. Darius Ishaku has raised hopes that Nigeria can generate enough electricity to meet her needs and even export the commodity. Ishaku, who was also a former minister of power said it does not take a miracle for that to happen.
Ishaku who spoke through his Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs, Emmanuel Bello, said the potential for power generation are there with the right policies and will. According to him, electricity is one of the ways the nation can meet all its millennial goals. Ishaku noted further that Nigerians must not give up on this expectation.
He said, “Nigerians should not despair that the forces of darkness have won. Electricity is now something everyone takes for granted in this century. In fact, even smaller countries have overcome this, and I strongly believe we can have our success story too. The potential is there, and in fact, even the political will is now accelerating. As a minister, I saw this, and now as the Governor, I’m even encouraged that we are on the verge of breaking the curse of darkness.”
He noted further that it does not require any prophecy. “If I would also give my prediction like I see many are doing, I want to say that we shall soon get our act right. In Taraba state, we already see how this resolve can become a reality. Our Kashimbilla Dam located in my town Takum, when eventually commissioned, shall add 40 megawatts to what we currently have. I’m excited about the prospect. When I was the minister, I know how much work we put in to make that dream a reality, and it is now only a matter of time. The immediate impact of Kashimbila would be felt by Takum, the entire southern part of the state and neighbouring states. It has great potential too for agriculture, tourism and other expansions.”
400 MEGAWATTS Kashimbila Dam
Nationally, Ishaku said the Mambilla hydro project, also located in Taraba state is another source of hope. He said, ” let me inform Nigerians that the project when eventually completed would add over 3000 megawatts to the nation’s light profile. I believe the will to undertake that project is there, so I have never given up. The era of despondency is over. Nigerians would one day wake up to the fact of constant electricity. ”
Narrating how Taraba is tackling its internal need for power, the Governor observed that he initially paid off the backlog of what was owed the power company. This act, he said, encouraged the sector. “As I speak to you, Taraba people are enjoying a steady supply of light. One of the companies that had practically died on the Mambilla due to lack of power is now back. What we did was to reactivate the Kakara dam and now the tea company there is back to life. Jobs are back too. For me, that is symbolic of what’s possible when good will meets sound policies.”
Ishaku said Taraba is gradually becoming the choice destination for investors looking for a place where electricity is not such a challenge, stressing that Taraba has become the last hope for the country regarding power generation.