Governor Ishaku together with his deputy, Engr. Haruna Manu during an inspection tour of the 7.5 power injection sub station at Mutumbiyu.
Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku has warned those vandalising electric poles and wires to desist from such acts and directed the Chief of Mutum Biyu, Sani Kachalla to station vigilante groups to safeguard the equipments mostly at Zangokombi where vandal activities where high.
The governor made the disclosure during an inspection tour of the 7.5 power injection sub station at Mutumbiyu.
He said electricity is vital to development of a modern society hence the trust of his administration to provide electricity to more communities.
The governor promised to commissioned the rural electrification projects at Jauro Yinu, Sibre, Kopi, Namnai, Turakeke, Kan Kwana, Mutum biyu and others.
Commenting, the contractor handling the project, Ishaku Tikon of Dizzat Engineering Company said work on the power injection sub station at mutumbiyu has reached seventy percent.
The Contractor promised to meet the deadline earmarked for the completion of the project and thanked Governor Darius Ishaku and the Chief of Mutum Biyu for their support to the project.
Also commenting, the Chief of Mutum biyu, Sani Kachala assured Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku of optimum security by vigilante groups to track vandals of electricity equipment in the area.
During a stop over by the Governor at Zongokombi, residents of the area thanked Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku for his efforts in the ongoing electricity projects and promised to fish out the vandals among them.
It should be recalled that various communities in Lau, Zing, Ardo Kola, Donga,Takum, Bali, Ussa, Jalingo and others have benefited from the rescue mission’s rural electrification projects during the first term of Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku administration.
You may have heard about the Rescue Watch Program of the Governor of Taraba state but may not know much about it; its structure, functions, achievements and how it works. Read on to discover why it is an administrative genius and how every Taraban who believes in the Rescue dream can contribute to its long term success.
- Structure: Every successful management system follows the pyramid structure. The Chief Executive at the top and the majority at the bottom. https://tarabastate.gov.ng/organogram/. The Rescue Watch has the Governor at the helm of affairs, followed by the Chief of Staff, Special Advisers, Senior Special Assistants and Ward Contact Persons. This setup, also called Rescue Team, works closely with all the existing organs of government.
2, Coverage: Every part of Taraba State is adequately represented in the Rescue Watch down to the ward level. That is 168 wards from the 16 Local Government Areas and two Special Development Areas.
3. Top Down Control: From the structure created in 1 and 2 above, issues, resources, communication and other matters can easily be passed from the Governor to every ward quickly and effectively.
4. Down Up System: The Rescue Watch also makes it very easy for the average person in every ward to talk directly to the Governor. Every month, when the Rescue Team visits any particular ward, they interact with the people and capture the interactions on video in town hall meetings.
These interactions are watched by the Governor himself. He gets a chance to see what the ordinary man on the street and villages are saying.
5. Campaign Promises are Getting Fulfilled: Most Nigerians at the grassroots see Politicians only when they want their votes, once every four years. After that, they never see them again. The Rescue Watch program brings the Governor’s presence close to the people every time the Rescue teams go out for the watch. The people themselves testify that this approach has defied the things as they are. Meaning, when the time for next election comes, the governor’s campaign team will no longer be unfamiliar.
6. Lives are massively affected: Through the Rescue Watch, hospital bills of Patients in various hospitals in wards across the state have been paid, snake bite victims have been saved, disputes have been settled, minor repairs of various structures have been made, school fees of students have been paid, and bereaved families have been comforted.
Guess what? Babies have been named after the Governor whose Rescue Program saved them during delivery.
335 People pulled from 168 wards now earn between N15,000 to N100,000 every month because of the empowerment aspect of the Rescue Watch. All 335 people were trained on various skills and empowered with all the tools, materials and resources they needed to start their own businesses, most of whom are now employers of labor.
7. Full Awareness of the Problems of Taraba: Through the Rescue Watch program, Taraba Governor has the real feel of the problems of every part of the State at his fingertips. By taking his time to watch hours of video concerning the activities of the teams in every ward, he knows better than all the organs of government in the state. This helps in taking smart decisions for the benefit of all.
8. Speed in Infrastructural Developments: The Governor has commissioned projects and put government presence in remote areas where most people don’t know about. Talk of renovating hospitals, constructing new roads, culverts, drainages and acquiring farmlands for large-scale agriculture. Most of these interventions would not have been possible with the normal system of government either due to their remoteness or cost implication.
What matters most to the governor is the speed and sensitivity of the issues at hand.
9. All hands on Deck: The Governor has been criticized for having too many appointees on its payroll if only his critics know how he uses them. Through the Rescue Watch, all these appointees have more than enough work on their hands. While the Rescue Team goes to each Local Government and Ward to interface with the people, solve their problems and gather data; all the Commissioners, along with the EXCO and the Rescue Team, on the other hand, sit together at the end of every outing to rub minds concerning the issues.
With this platform, every Ministry gets handed their responsibilities where they either raise a memo, some of which gets passed to the House of Assembly or solves the problems themselves, depending on the existing machinery and infrastructure of the Ministry.
10. Rescue Watch Arrangement Accommodates All: Do you want to know the exact number of schools, teachers, hospitals, boreholes, police stations, revenue outlets, roads or even network coverage in the state? The Rescue Watch program is there again to accommodate it.
Within days, any data can comfortably be compiled. For example, there have been serious problems of everyone not getting their salaries, especially those at the local government areas due to ghost workers. The Governor tried using the existing structure of government and all kinds of solutions to no avail. As soon as the Rescue Watch team was deployed, voilà, everyone is suddenly quiet. Mission accomplished.
Conclusion: The Rescue Watch teams work closely with the ICT office of Government House to facilitate the Rescue Watch. This has enabled the ICT office to understand the inner workings of the Rescue Watch, bringing about this article.
You can contribute your ideas to this genius project by simply letting the Governor or the Chief of Staff of Government House, the efficient Rescue Watch leader know. Alternatively, get in touch with the Special Advisers or Senior Special Assistants of your local government. Your idea will fly.
Governor Darius Ishaku has ordered the payment of two months salaries for the 2,960 Local Government Staff recently cleared by the verification commitee set up by the State Government.
Permanent Secretary, Bureau for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Alhaji Bello Yero disclosed this yesterday in Jalingo while briefing Journalists on the issue of Local Government Staff salaries.
According to him, the Bureau received over 9,878 complaints from Local Government Staff, but the committee set up by the State Government only cleared 2,960 which the Governor has ordered immediate payment of their two months owed salaries.
“While the biometric exercise is yet to be concluded in view of the hitches of BVN and names mismatch, the Bureau and National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) met and harmonised complaints of 2,960 Staff.
“Consequently, N75,625,738.55 has been approved by Government per month and UBA has been directed to commence the payment effective today (yesterday),” he said.
Bello noted that Governor Ishaku was passionate about payment of salaries and warned against politicising the issue of payment of salaries.
He commended Governor Ishaku for his commitment in bettering the lives of Taraba people and NULGE for the commitment and maturity in handling the issue.
In his remarks, Comrade Musa Mahmud, Deputy President NULGE Taraba State commended Governor Ishaku for his efforts in addressing the issue of salaries in the State, adding that NULGE will continue to be patient with Government and always employ dialogue in approaching issues.
Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku says his administration is poised to provide affordable houses to low and medium income Civil Servants through private partnership.
Governor Darius Ishaku said this on Monday during a ground breaking ceremony for the construction of 5000 housing units at Jauro Yinu adjacent NYSC Orientation Camp along Jalingo to Wukari road as part of activities lined up to celebrate democracy day and his two years in office.
Darius Ishaku stated that one of his administration’s cardinal objective is to provide comfortable and affordable accommodation with specific focus on civil servants.
He remarked that, his administration is holistically looking at viable means that civil servants would retire from service with a befitting house that they could call their own, and explained that, most of the problems civil servants encounter after retirement is accommodation, particularly, those of low and medium income category, promising to end such anomaly.
The Governor revealed that, in one of his trips to Germany, he met a firm, WESANI International concepts that specialises in building a befitting and well packaged houses for low and medium income earners, where he saw the need to partner with them so that civil servants in the state can take advantage through owner occupier basis.
Darius Ishaku maintained that when the 5000 housing units are completed, it is going to be a full packaged settlement with school, shops clinic, police station, recreation center and would be solar powered to serve as backup whenever there is power failure.
He said the first phase of the project is targeted at Civil Servants to be payable within an agreed period, adding that, private organisations that want to be part of the initiative should indicate interest so that they too would be incorporated into the project.
In his speech, the Commissioner of Housing, Hon. Sule Abubakar Ndigmay said, shelter is one of the basic necessities of life and that is why the present administration led by Darius Ishaku through the Rescue Mission is partnering with WESANI International Concept to develop the houses.
Sule Ndigmay stated that, there is going to be a paradigm shift from the usual full Government participation in construction of houses for Civil Servants, rather it will be private partnership driven with a view to giving Civil Servants the opportunity to own personal houses.
Speaking further, the Commissioner maintained that because of the Governor’s desire for the State Civil Servants to own befitting accommodation, he signed an MoU with WESANI International Concept in Germany to build 5000 housing units to ease accommodation problems faced by Civil Servants in the State.
He remarked that the houses would be built in phases, comprising of two and three bedrooms apartment respectively and added that, the Rescue Mission has now extended its magic touch to the housing sector.
Sule Ndigmay commended WESANI International Concept for agreeing to partner with Taraba State Government through public private partnership, saying that the State Government has started fulfilling its own part of the agreement by providing land for the project to immediately take off, adding that, other part of the MoU would be met.
Speaking on behalf of WESANI International Concept, their partner in Nigeria, Engr. Emeka Igwe said that the houses that will be built would be powered by German technology.
Emeka Igwe explained that the houses would be carefully built to provide beautiful and serene environment with access roads, independent water source which would be powered by solar energy as a source of electricity to the housing units.
The Nigerian partner maintained that WESANI International Concept has come to stay in Taraba State and appealed to people of the State to accord them the desired support so that they will be able to bequeath to the State the best of German technology.
The ground breaking foundation laying ceremony was performed by the State Governor, Darius Dickson Ishaku, flanked by the Deputy Governor, Engr. Haruna Manu and other top Government functionaries.
Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku says his two years in office has been torturous and characterised by court cases and ceaseless search for peace and mutual coexistence.
Governor Darius Ishaku stated this yesterday during a reception marking his two years as the Governor of Taraba State, hosted by the State Ministry of Science and Technology at the Jolly Nyame Stadium Gymnasium Hall.
Darius Ishaku remarked that, he was seriously pained because, almost two years were wasted as a result of moving from one level of litigation to the other, just because some people were bent on snatching the mandate that was willingly given to him by the people of the State as ordained by God.
He lamented that, the about two years that were wasted would have been judiciously used to put smiles on the faces of Tarabans, engage in activities that would positively impact on their lives, but was rather wasted on crossing of hurdles of litigations in courts at Abuja, Jalingo and Yola.
The Governor maintained that, irrespective of the challenges, the people of the State stood firm and supported him throughout the most turbulent time in his life and that, amidst all the challenges, he has been able to record some landmark achievements in some facets of the State.
The Taraba State Governor stressed that even with the lean finances as a result of the recession, his administration has been able to revive five companies out of the 25 moribund companies he inherited which included the Highland Tea Company Kakara, Viva Feedmills Zing, Palm Oil Mills in Baissa, Taraba Polythene Bags Company and Taraba Gas Company Limited.
He used the opportunity to inform Tarabans that the Highland Tea has passed German test of standard and soon state would start exporting tea to Germany.
Governor Darius Ishaku said his administration has been able to establish Greenhouse, which is the newest in the country which has started the production of cucumber and lettuce while cabbage, tomatoes, hot and sweet pepper are also billed for harvest any moment from now.
He revealed that buyers from Abuja, Lagos and Portharcourt have indicated interest to partner with the Greenhouse and that arrangements have also been concluded with Overland Nigeria to lift one ton of the produce daily to the mentioned destinations via Jalingo Airport.
Speaking on Agriculture, Darius Ishaku remarked that his administration is actively supporting about twelve thousand rice farmers as part of measures to reduce the Country’s over dependence on the importation of rice and boldly stated that, Taraba State has the capacity to supply the rice demand of the Country.
He further announced that the Cassava processing plant would be revived, adding that, IITA has agreed to supply improved Cassava stems to farmers in the State.
In addition, he mentioned that, he will establish a Gari processing plant and farmers would be motivated to go into Sesame seeds farming, disclosing that Nestle food company has indicated interest to partner with the State in these areas.
Darius Ishaku enumerated other key achievements to include dualization of Kona road, construction of township roads in Magami, Nipost and FMC road linked to Teaching Service road, completion of projects hitherto started by the immediate past administration, constitution of Taraba State University Governing Council, employment of 3000 teachers, renovation of secondary schools will soon commence and further said the State performance in WAEC has greatly improved putting the current scores at 67%.
He said during the period under review, his administration sunk over 100 boreholes across communities in the state, provision of water to Jalingo and its environs, improved electricity, renovation of three pilot hospitals in Wukari, Bambur in Karim Lamido and Gembu, roads and bridges construction inTakum, installation of solar powered streetlights and the offer of employment to some citizens of the state in some strategic ministries and the digitization of Taraba Television TTV and Taraba State Broadcasting Service TSBS.
Other areas mentioned by Governor Darius Ishaku included the ongoing reconstruction and rehabilitation of Bali, Gashaka to Sardauna road, saying efforts would be made to complete the road, adding that the Federal Government intends commence work on the Mambila Hydro Power project by December 2017, saying that, the completion of the road is critical to the actualisation of of the hydro power project.
Rolling out his achievements on the health sector, the Governor said Schools of Nursing and Midwifery Jalingo has been accredited and has commenced the training of nurses and midwives, which was halted for almost ten years because of lack requisite infrastructure and accreditation as well as the upgrading of School of Health Technology Takum for the training of health workers, which the state greatly needs and the retention of retiring nurses to help beef up the depleted number as a result of retirement in the sector.
The Taraba State Governor further used the opportunity to inform people of the state that the TY Danjuma Foundation has commenced the construction of maternity Hospital in Takum to carter for the health challenges of women and children during pregnancy and delivery and would be donated to the state government at completion.
Darius Ishaku however said the state intends to venture into mining and tourism, stressing that Taraba State is blessed with the 20 most rarest solid minerals in the world as well as one of the most diverse tourism enclave, noting that there is the urgent need to invest into these two sectors to improve the revenue base of the state to reduce over dependence on Federal allocation.
According to the Governor, efforts have been intensified to block leakages in the payment of salaries but lamenting that, there are still pockets of problems with the Primary school teachers despite the suspension of some key officers of the finance department.
He said effort would be intensified to end it soonest, saying that of the Local Government’s staff has been completed and they will soon get their entitlements.
Similarly, he informed the crowd that, a committee would soon be set up to help fashion out an acceptable means of payment of gratuity of retirees and pleaded for understanding from the pensioners, considering the lean finances that have slowed down the pace of development throughout the country.
Governor Darius Ishaku commended his wife, Barr. Anna Ishaku for playing a vital role which led to discovery of people of Sunkuru and the subsequent creation of Ngada Development Area, which earned her an international award for her contribution to human development, particularly, women and Youths Empowerment.
Darius Ishaku appealed to the gathering to always come up with positive suggestions that will help the state government, saying that, he is open to genuine and constructive criticisms, meant to better the lots of the state.
Earlier in address, the Commissioner of Science and Technology, Hon. Hassan Bako Gassol told the Governor that the Democracy day celebration is hosted by his Ministry with a view to showcasing the talents embedded in the people of the state.
Hassan Bako maintained that, though the Ministry is a young one it is poised to compete favourably with other Ministries in the state and said purpose of the scientific displays is to encourage young ones to embrace science and technology as means of fast tracking development in the state and as means of self reliant and sustenance.
The Commissioner reiterated his Ministry’s desire to partner with Schools and Agencies that are science and technology inclined so that Taraba State will also be a force to reckoned with in the field science and technology innovation and development.
The Democracy day celebration was laced up with drama display by the state cultural troupe, Goge dancers from Wukari and the inspection of some inventions and designs by students from various schools in the state, agencies and some welding and fabrication Companies by the Governor led by the Commissioner of Science and Technology.
The Taraba State Government is working out modalities aimed at providing potable drinking water to rural dwellers in the State via the ongoing water project in the State.
This was revealed to Journalists today by the Commissioner of Water Resources, Barr. Emmanuel Gowon Halan during an interview at the Government House, Jalingo.
Barr. Emmanuel Gowon maintained that requisite machinery have been kick-started including an appropriation of over two hundred million Naira to speed up the process and as well give impetus to the project to commence soonest.
He further informed newsmen that, funds have also been released to commence the sinking of about one hundred boreholes across the State, cutting across all the sixteen local councils.
The Water Resources Commissioner mentioned that only Sardauna Local Government will not benefit from it due to the nature of its terrain, but however said, a more viable measure is being worked out to ensure water gets to every household in Gembu and its environs.