His Excellency, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku commissioning a rural electrification project in Donga Local Government Area.
Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Ishaku has said his administration’s aggressive approach to rural electrification will boost the State’s economy and create jobs for the people.
The governor stated this on Monday while commissioning the 1×7.5/MVA/33/11/KV electricity injection substation in Donga Local Government Area in continuation of his rural electrification project in the State.
He explained that he conceived the vision of building electricity injection substations in the State five years ago while serving as Minister of Power because Taraba was the most under-served in terms of electricity.
“Without efforts like these the Kashimbila Power project will not be of benefit to the people of Taraba. So, this is the third of such injection power substation we have built and very soon, I will commission that of Mutum Biyu.
“Work on the Kashimbila Power project has been completed and remains just the connection of one transmission line. So, when that is done, the people of this area should have 24 hours of electricity and these substations will help in stepping down the electricity.
“I have rallied round the six Governors in the North East to join hands with me to harness the benefits that would be derived from the Mambilla and Kashimbila hydro power projects for the economic growth of the region.
“With steady electricity, small businesses will thrive better and that would boost the economy of my people. It will be a disservice if we are producing power and our people are not benefiting from it,” he said.
Taraba State Government said it is set to assist more local rice farmers to produce enough rice to feed the nation and check huge import bills on rice into the country.
His Excellency, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku.
Governor Darius Ishaku who disclosed this on Sunday at the thanksgiving church service to mark the 80th birthday celebration of the Chief of Donga, Dr. Stephen Bayonga said the State Government has so far assisted 17,000 rice farmers in the past two years.
“We held a meeting with the Federal Government over the high import bills on rice and we all agreed to work hard to stop the importation of rice into the country.
“Taraba alone can feed the nation with rice and cut the N800bn being spent yearly on rice import. So, I want to call on the people of the State to return to farming.
“On our part, we are poised to assist more rice farmers to produce enough rice to feed the nation, boost economy and check poverty,” he said.
The governor congratulated the Gara of Donga for clocking 80 years and prayed God to grant him good health and wisdom to rule.
In his remarks, the celebrant, The Gara of Donga, Dr. Stephen Bayonga thanked God for sparing his life to see his 80th birthday and appreciated the people who turned out to celebrate with him.
Bayonga called on the Governor to consider the construction of the Donga – Mararaba road to ease movement of people and for economic growth of the area.
Resident Pastor of CRC-N Donga, Rev. Enoch Aboki in his sermon enjoined the people to always appreciate God and never forget the good things God has done in their lives.
Rev. Aboki called on the Governor to deal with the security situation in the area especially in kidnapping and armed robbery.
Governor Darius Ishaku has congratulated His Royal Highness, Dr Danjuma Bayonga Garbose III Gara of Donga as he celebrates life at 80.
Governor Ishaku while speaking during the Thanksgiving service which took place at CRCN 1 Donga described the Gara as not only a king who is reigning successfully, but one who has worked all his life to bring peace and harmony among the citizens.
The governor charged others to use HRH Danjuma Bayonga as a reference for living because life is all about what you can leave as legacy when you are long gone.
He prayed for better health and God’s will in the remaining years God had for him on the earth while asking the people to be thankful because lack of gratitude kills the spirit of doing more.
HRH Dr. Danjuma Bayonga Garbose III GARA of Donga responding ascribed the glory to God as being his inspiration, the author and the finisher of his faith, stressing that without Him he would not have come this far.
He said that thanking God was a culture because it had been his grace, mercy and love that kept him. He also thanked his people for always standing by him and for supporting his reign.
He specifically appreciated His Excellency, Governor Darius Ishaku for his love and concern towards him, praying God to uphold all his doings and not ever allow him fail.
The Chairman of Donga Local Government Council, Hon. Nashuka Ipeyen on Sunday confirmed the killing of four persons in an attack at Sabon Gida hours after soldiers were withdrawn from the area.
Nashuka also said an Internally Displaced Person (IDP), was slaughtered at Tunari and three others missing when they went to pack some of their valuables and food stuff for their families.
He however, said the presence of the mobile police personnel deployed to the area prevented the attackers from razing down Sabon Gida village and appealed to the people to avoid going into the hinterlands until the security situation in the area improves.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of Takum Local Government Area, Hon. Shiban Tikari has described as laughable, the statement by the Nigerian Army that Mr. Danjuma America and Danasabe Gasama arrested in the middle of the night in Takum recently were perpetrators of crisis in Takum and Ussa Local Government Areas of the State.
It would be recalled that the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Texas Chukwu had in a statement said Danjuma and Gasama were arrested on Friday by troops deployed for Operation Ayem Akpatuma in a community in Takum, following a tip-off.
Tikari advised the military to stop diverting attention of Nigerians from the main issues of their complicity in the attacks and killings going on in the State.
In his words,
“We have been crying on top of our voices that the Army Operatives of exercise Ayem Akpatuma were out for something. How come they have not told Nigerians about the arrest of the masterminds of the attack in Jandeikyula in Wukari Local Government Area where over 25 people were killed?
“They have not arrested the attackers killing our people in the villages since the killings in Takum and Ussa. These two boys they have arrested are indigenes of this area. Would they turn and be burning their houses and killing their own people?
“We have told them the routes the attackers have been using to come and attack us, rather than go into those areas and arrest the armed Fulani militia attacking us, they have been busy harassing our people in the town.
“As we speak, the Commanding Officer of the 93 Battalion Takum, Lt. Col. Ibrahim Gambari has withdrawn all soldiers at various check points in Takum LGA, so that’s the type of army we have in Takum now,” he lamented.
Tikari said he had since tabled his complaint against the action of the military before the Investigative Panel on the alleged collusion of the military with bandits to kill people in the State and appealed to the people of Takum to stay calm, pending the outcome of the investigations.