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Government to Provide Water to All Nooks and Crannies of Taraba.

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.

67 Tarabans Go For Hands-On Training In Kenya.

67 Tarabans Go For Hands-On Training In Kenya.

By, Nick Dugba.

A total of 59 professional trainees drawn from various fields and 17 staff of Taraba State Water Supply Agency would depart Nigeria on Sunday May 21 for a hands-on training with the Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Corporation NCWSC.

In a farewell ceremony held Friday at the Government House Jalingo Exco Chamber, the State Commissioner for Water Resources, Barr. Emmanuel Gowon, thanked Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku for ensuring that the water sector is turned around for more efficient service to the people.

He stated that the administration’s achievements was two- pronged; youth development and bridging the manpower gap in the water supply sector.

According to the Commissioner, “the selection of these youths was rigorous, adopting the rescue mission grassroots formula aimed at getting the best professional youths out of our communities, and we have gathered young men and women of sound minds who have been screened and found worthy of the assignment”.

A team of 50 youths from various disciplines have been picked for the training which included: civil/water engineers, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, chemical engineers, computer/ICT professionals, scientists, economists, business/commercial management professionals, town/regional planners, accountants and sociologists/public relations personnel.

The first batch is billed for take off on 21st May, 2017 to spend two weeks after which the next batch will follow while the entire training programme for the three batches is estimated to end first week of July this year.

Speaking during the ceremony, Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku, charged the staff of the agency to be good ambassadors of the State by bringing good ideas that would make Taraba proud.

The Governor who was earlier in Kenya on a fact finding mission on the water project, disclosed to the trainees that they would “ learn new tactics, new ethics and would be reformed when they come back”.

He therefore warned that they would be closely monitored and that any negative report would attract sanctions even as he promised to absorb all the trainees upon completion of the course.

Governor Ishaku however, commended the African Development Bank (AfDB) for its support.

The Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Abel Peter Diah and three other lawmakers would lead the delegation to Kenya, as the Executive prepares a Bill to reform the State Water Supply Agency to make it self sustaining, vibrant and profitable.

Governor Darius Ishaku had earlier visited Nairobi on the terms of the African Development Bank (AfDB) to study the Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Corporation, which is said to be one of the best in the continent.

He had also invited officials of the Corporation to Taraba State to also see the current Taraba State and World Bank sponsored Jalingo water project with a view to replicating the Nairobi success story.

Teachers/LG Staff Salary Crisis: Taraba Gov’t to Speed Up Biometrics Exercise

Teachers/LG Staff Salary Crisis: Taraba Gov’t to Speed Up Biometrics Exercise

The Taraba state Executive Council has resolved to end the lingering salary crisis of Local Government Staff and Primary Schools Teachers in the state.

This was disclosed to Government House Press Crew shortly after the end of the weekly meeting of the Council, which was chaired by the state Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku at the Exco Chamber Jalingo.

The Honourable Commissioner of Education, Johannes Njigem, Secretary to the state Government SSG, Hon. Anthony Jellason, Chairman, Taraba state Universal Basic Education Board TSUBEB, Hon. Yakubu Agbaizo, the state Auditor General, Mr. Polycarp Iranus and the Permanent Secretary, Bureau for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mallam Bello Yero who briefed the Press, said the Exco dwelled on the need to get over with the salary saga in its totality.

First to speak was the Commissioner of Education, Hon. Johannes Njigem who said the State Exco has spoken with one voice on the issue of salaries of primary school teachers and local governments workers, explaining that, adequate measures have been put in place to ensure that the processes of ascertaining genuine teachers and local government staff is completed soonest.

Johannes Njigem appealed to primary schools teachers and local government workers to be patient as the Biometrics exercise is almost completed and that all genuine staff of local government and primary schools teachers will be paid their salaries.

On his part, the Secretary to the Taraba State Government, Hon. Anthony Jellason stated that, “at different levels and time the state Government had set up committees, but lamented that, most of the committees failed in meeting up with the set goals, rather than correcting the anomaly, it worsen, making the payment of salaries to genuine workers cumbersome”.

Anthony Jellason explained that some of the problems encountered during the ongoing Biometrics were the issues of inconsistencies in BVN and names mismatch, pointing out that, if all these are not corrected, it would be difficult to come up with an authentic list of genuine staff in all the local government areas as well as teachers in the primary schools.across the state.

He revealed that some of the inconsistencies have been identified and corrected assuring that any moment from now, those that have not been paid would be paid their salaries, explaining that, the present administration is determined to come up with an authentic documentation of all workers across the state, and appealed to all the head masters to assist the committee in fishing out ghost workers for the betterment of the teachers and the state.

The Permanent Secretary, Bureau for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Bello Yero stated that, the Biometrics which is being carried out by the United Bank for Africa UBA is at its final stage and solicited for more understanding from all the staff of the 16 council areas, saying that, Government is not unmindful of their plight, stressing that the exercise was not meant to cause hardship or punished them, but,  to sanitise the salary system.

He stressed that, there is a serious rot in the payment of salaries at the local government and revealed that, the present administration is determined to  correct the situation to make it more vibrant and result oriented.

Bello Yero posited that Government will not afford to fold its arms and allow the sharp practices to continue, as was the case in the past and asserted that any staff of local Government that has been genuinely employed and with requisite documents to back up, need not to be afraid of the ongoing Biometrics.

The permanent Secretary who disclosed that the exercise started in June last year across the 16 LGAs, noted that as at 2016, there were 34,000 local Government staff on the payroll and 30,044 staff have already been verified and cleared and said the latest report from UBA Bank indicates that additional 2000 staff have again been cleared bringing the total of those cleared to over 32,000.

He maintained that any local Government staff that has not been paid has issues bothering on BVN, PV numbers, wrong account digits and names mismatch and encouraged staff of local Governments and Primary school Teachers to be a little bit patient as their salaries will soon be paid to them.

In his contribution, the Chairman, Taraba State Universal Basic Education Board TSUBEB, Hon. Yakubu Agbaizo who said the Governor is worried over the non completion of the Biometrics exercise added that, efforts are being intensified with a view to ending the salary problem.

Yakubu Agbaizo said an agreement has already been reached with the bank to set up desk offices for the purpose of speeding up the processes of correcting BVN, accounts and names mismatch and other problems identified during the Biometrics.

The TSUBEB Chairman asserted that Biometrics is now the practice globally used in blocking leakages and said Taraba state would not be an exception, explaining that, it has helped tremendously in identifying ghost workers and persons with fake appointment letters and called on the general public to desist from buying such fake appointment letters.

He further revealed that, already security agents have been drafted to track down the syndicates involved in the sales of fake employment letters, stating categorically that the Primary Board does not sale employment letters, noting that those with such fake employment letters could not indicate their places of work  and even headteachers of places some of them are claiming, do not know them.

Hon. Yakubu Agbaizo however appealled for restraint from those that know that they are genuine teachers as efforts are being made to pay them their salaries as no genuinely employed teacher would be left unattended.

Similarly, the State Auditor General, Polycarp Iranus said the Biometrics is not only meant for primary schools teachers and Local Government employees alone, saying that every employee of Government in the state has undergone the Biometrics screening exercise.

Polycarp Iranus maintained that the exercise is in the best interest of the people of the state aimed at blocking leakages and wastages as it would also afford Government the opportunity to plan on how best to go about its policies and programmes that would be beneficial to the people of the State.

The State Auditor General stressed that the exercise is to fish out ghost workers and to free the resources of the State from those acquiring them fraudulently.

Taraba Govt to Complete Work on Jalingo Ultra Modern Abattoir Soon.

Taraba Govt to Complete Work on Jalingo Ultra Modern Abattoir Soon.

Taraba Governor, Darius Ishaku has said work on the Jalingo Ultra Modern Abattoir project would soon be completed. 

Ishaku stated this yesterday in Barkin Dutse, Ardo Kola Local Government Area during a stakeholders meeting with the people of the area in continuation of his thank you tour of Local Lovernment Areas in the State.

Ishaku who rounded up the tour of Northern Zone with a meeting with stakeholders from Ardo Kola and Jalingo Local Government Areas said the present abattoir lacks the basic standard and pledged timely completion of the modern abattoir to serve the people better.

The Governor told the people that his administration was doing its best to serve them better and called for prayers, unity and peaceful coexistence among the people for development to thrive.

“The projects you want me to do are many, but at my age I can’t stand here and lie to you. There are no funds, but I will look at your requests critically and execute those projects that are of priority now.

“We can’t be dependent on federation account from Abuja to service our bills and execute projects, that’s why I embarked on the Green House project which will soon begin to give us revenue,” he said.

Earlier, State Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Hon. Victor Bala Kona called on the people of the two Local Government Areas to support the Governor and the party for the development of the State.

“Politics is like an investment and you get reward base on your investment. I want to warn the stakeholders from Jalingo to do their homework well and mobilise support for the party ahead of 2019.

“You cannot be complaining that the party is not rewarding you when you did not vote for the party. Jalingo has always been in opposition and it is time for you to get your people back in the mainstream,” he said.

Stakeholders had during the meeting called on the Governor to open up rural roads in the Local Governments and sink boreholes among other projects for them.

Greenhouse Farm to Start Harvest Soon

Greenhouse Farm to Start Harvest Soon

Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku has expressed satisfaction with the speedy work at the Greenhouse farm.

Governor Darius Ishaku was speaking when he inspected the Greenhouse farm at the college of Agriculture Jalingo.

He said Tarabans would soon start enjoying the Cucumber, Pepper, Tomato and lettuce when harvest starts in three weeks.

The Governor remarked that when the farm begins harvesting, Tarabans would get the desired effect of the farm.

Governor Darius Ishaku disclosed that the farm has the capacity of employing more than five hundred youths.

Also speaking, the site Manager James Uchenna assured Tarabans that by the next three weeks, they would start enjoying vegetables from the farm.

Commenting, Moses Nsikkai who spoke on behalf of the workers, thanked Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku for his support to Youths in the state, urging him to do more.

Commissioner of Agriculture, David Ishaya Kassa and other aides accompanied the Governor.

Gov. Ishaku Plans New System of Water Management for Taraba

The Taraba State government is planning to turn its water corporation into an independent, profit-making venture. The indication to this effect was given recently in Jalingo, the capital of the state, by Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku when a seven-member delegation of the Nairobi Water and Sewage Corporation paid him a courtesy visit. The visit was a follow-up to an earlier one made

The visit was a follow-up to an earlier one made to the company in Nairobi, Kenya by the governor late last year.
Speaking at the occasion, Ishaku said the visit to Nairobi was an eye opener for him. “In Nairobi, I saw that huge profits were being made from water management and I was impressed and I came back desirous to see our own water agency operate as a commercial enterprise like what I saw. That is what we are going to do.”  He said what was required to achieve that was a turn-around in the attitude and thinking of the workers.

The government, he said, will be sending about 50 members of staff of the state water agency to Nairobi to be trained by the famous water company in that country. He expressed the hope that on their return to Taraba they would apply not just the technical knowledge acquired but the work ethics and attitude that are the secrets behind the success story of the Nairobi water giant.

Governor Ishaku noted that for the provision of water to be sustainable, it must be effectively managed noting that the era when people left the pipes running and the water is wasted was over because it costs a lot of money to harness water resources and treat it for domestic use. He said in Kenya, he saw an excellent water billing system that he would want to see replicated in Taraba. “I want a billing system that is systematic and fair arrived at in a manner that people can see and appreciate”, he noted.

Speaking earlier on their mission, Dr. Kennedy Omoke, leader of the Kenyan delegation, said they came to Taraba to see the effort the Taraba State government was making to ensure sustainable delivery of good water and “to see areas we can help to enhance that process.”  He suggested a complete restructuring of the Taraba State Water Corporation so that it can think and operate efficiently and profitably.

Later, members of the delegation were conducted round on-going water projects sites in Jalingo by Governor Ishaku. Dr Omoke expressed satisfaction with the massive water infrastructure being built in the city describing them as a legacy which the people will continue to enjoy and appreciate for many decades after.

The Governor and the visiting Kenyan delegation were accompanied on the tour of the projects by the state Deputy Governor, Engineer Haruna Manu, the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Anthony Jellason and members of the state Executive Council.