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Traditional Ruler Resists Abduction, Kills Two in Self-defense

Traditional Ruler Resists Abduction, Kills Two in Self-defense

Deputy Gov., Engr. Haruna Manu

Deputy Gov., Engr. Haruna Manu

The District Head of Mayo Selbe in Gashaka Local Government Area of Taraba, Jauro Hammangabdo, has over powered a group of kidnappers who attempted to abduct him, killing two and injuring about three of them.

Mr. Hammangabdo confronted the kidnappers who invaded his palace on Wednesday night. The kidnappers who were about nine in number gained access to the traditional ruler’s palace and went into his bedroom, but the district head resisted the attempt to abduct him and engaged them in a fight.

It was gathered that the monarch used a sharp sword during the fight and killed two of the kidnappers while others took to their heels leaving dangerous weapons behind.

The Deputy Governor of the State, Haruna Manu, who visited the area and sympathised with Lamdo of Gashaka, Zubairu Hammangabdo, a brother of the district head, commended the courage of the traditional ruler.

He said cases of kidnapping had become a source of concern to the Government and people of the state.The Chairman of the Local Government, Mohammed Gayam, who also confirmed the incident to NAN, said that Mr. Hammangabdo had sustained deep cut in his head and hands and was admitted at the Military Hospital of the 20 Battalion in Serti, headquarters in the Local Government Area.

Mr. Gayam said he had visited the injured district head and that he was responding to treatment adding that the two kidnappers that were killed by the royal father were identified through their identity cards.

He further disclosed that they were members of the kidnapping gang that had terrorised the area disguising as members of a vigilance group.

He stated with dismay that in the past few weeks about 17 persons were abducted in the area and about three of them were killed by the kidnappers following failure of their relations to pay the ransom.

Government Inaugurates Shomo/Jole Administrative Panel

Government Inaugurates Shomo/Jole Administrative Panel

Government Inaugurates Shomo/Jole Administrative Panel

As part of finding lasting peace to the lingering communal clash between the Shomo/Jole communities in Lau local government area, Taraba State Government today inaugurated a nine man administrative panel to wade into the crisis rocking the fishing communities.

Inaugurating the panel in his office, Secretary to the State Government, Mr Anthony Jelason, charged them to bring to bear their wealth of experience and do a thorough job in this regard.

According to Mr Jelason, the Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku is very interested in bringing lasting peace to citizens of the state thereby urging the committee
members to see this as a challenge requiring diligence, dedication and utmost patriotism.

“I urge you to exhibit a high sense of patriotism and dedication and do all you can to get to the root of the matter and ensure you submit a comprehensive report at the end of your assignment”. He added.

Responding, chairman of the panel, Barrister Matuidi Isa, assured the Secretary to the State Government of the committees’ readiness to hit the ground running and exhume past reports in order to come up with a document that will enable government find the best possible measure towards bringing lasting peace to the feuding communities.

Terms of reference of the panel includes;

To find out the remote and immediate causes of the crisis;

To find out whether any individual or group of individuals are involved in the crisis;

To find out the number of communities that are adversely affected by the crisis;

To determine the level and extent of destruction done by the crisis and how it can be overcome in future.

Members of the committee includes Barr Matuidi Isa who will serve as chairman with Douglas Dogari as Secretary of the panel. Others are Mr Boyinga Sanda, Hon Nicholas Waniyafiwani, Adamu Haaaan, I.D Ibrahim representing the DSS, Abubakar Muri representing NSCDC, DSP Samuel Tizhe Nigeria Police Force and Barr. Nuhu Tanko representing the ministry of Justice respectively.

The committee has four weeks to submit it’s report.

10 Reasons Why Governor Ishaku’s Rescue Watch is an Administrative Genius.

10 Reasons Why Governor Ishaku’s Rescue Watch is an Administrative Genius.

Rescue Watch

Rescue Watch

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.

  1. Structure: Every successful management system follows the pyramid structure. The Chief Executive at the top and the majority at the bottom. 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.

Skill Acquisition: Gov. Ishaku to Train More Women and Youths in the State

Skill Acquisition: Gov. Ishaku to Train More Women and Youths in the State

Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku has challenged women and Youths in the State to be innovative and creative in the new skills they have acquired.

Governor Darius Ishaku stated this yesterday at the Jolly Nyame Stadium, Jalingo during the passing out ceremony of the first Batch of the Skills Acquisition Graduands which focuses on Women and Youths Empowerment, a brainchild of the Rescue Agenda of his administration tagged, “the Rescue Watch.”

Darius Ishaku maintained that not all will have the opportunity to be employed by the State Civil Service, hence the need to proactively engage women and Youths into viable ventures that will reposition the State and to make Taraba State a force to reckon with in the country in terms of export of locally made goods and to be self-reliant.

The Governor stated that the enthusiasm shown by the graduands during the period of their training had spurred him to as a matter of urgency kick start the processes of the Second Batch, explaining that, he will immediately instruct the Chief of Staff, who is the Coordinator of the programme on what to do.

He maintained that his vision of a greater tomorrow is gradually unfolding and that with the dexterity on the part of the graduands, Taraba women and Youths are determined to take Taraba State to the promise land.

Governor Darius Ishaku emphasised that the vision of the Rescue Watch, which is geared at engaging the various Communities in the State positively by knowing what they desire most and coming up with programmes that will improve their livelihood is gradually giving Government an insight to what the people of the State desires most.

Speaking further, the Governor said when he brought in more people on board as Special Advisers, Senior Special Assistants and Special Assistants, he was heavily criticised, however, today that action is giving three hundred and thirty-five women and Youths a means of sustenance and survival and which will eventually translate into training more people across the State to be self employed.

Governor Darius Ishaku however warned those that would want to sell off the equipment that have been procured for the start up their new businesses to desist as the implementers of the Rescue Watch programme will keep a close watch on them and will continually give him progress reports with a view to attracting government support and patronage, adding that, he is confident that, Taraba will be a force to be reckoned with in terms vibrant and upcoming entrepreneurs in the country.

In his speech, the Chief of Staff Government House, Hon. Rebo Usman  asserted that the Mission of the present administration in meeting the needs and yearnings of the people of the State is no longer business as usual as it was the case in the past, pointing out that all Government programmes are closely being monitored by the Rescue Watch team with a view to reporting objectively to the Governor at all times.

Rebo Usman explained that to ensure its success, Special Advisers, Senior Special Assistants and Special Assistants are grouped into their various Local Government of origin with a view to keeping closer watch on activities of Government at different levels and to also ensure adequate supervision and monitoring and to report back to the Governor monthly via an interactive session with a view to identifying each area and its peculiar needs.

To ensure its workability, the Chief of Staff disclosed that, all the one hundred and sixty-eight wards of the State has a contact person who informs the Rescue Watch team leader on happenings in each ward on a daily basis with a view to stimulating immediate Government response.

He further mentioned that the 335 graduands are the product of the Rescue Mission of his Excellency, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku through the instrumentality of the Rescue Watch team, asserting that the exercise right from concept to its implementation was a process of meticulous planning.

The Chief of Staff pointed out that, the training programme was carefully outlined and today it is a huge success with every society having equal representation of two persons from each ward and stated that their trainers were also carefully selected and with a directive that, they will be operating within the stated objectives of the Rescue Mission and each participant was paid ten thousand naira monthly as an upkeep allowance to facilitate their movement daily.

Rebo Usman maintained that the project was capital intensive, but however said, some beneficiaries have been grouped, and they will take off as partners in business, particularly, in the fields of welding, wood carving and computer, adding, that, those that require constant use of electricity, generators have been procured for them so that they will take off without any form of hindrance.

Earlier, the Commissioner of Cooperative and Poverty Alleviation, Hon. Abba Akawu disclosed that the 335 persons selected from the 168 wards of the State had been trained for the period of three months and they were closely monitored and supervised by his Ministry, the Ministry of Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation.
Abba Akawu maintained that, through the Rescue Mission today, the 335 graduands will be able to stand on their own and as well create job and wealth for the State and challenged them to be good ambassadors of the Rescue Mission of Governor Darius Ishaku.

He further disclosed that the memorandum of understanding MoU was also signed with Bank of Industry all to better the lives of Tarabans and make them productive members of the society, adding that, about one hundred and thirty-five people will benefit from the MoU in the State.

The high point of the event was the presentation of working tools to the graduands by Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku assisted by the State Deputy Governor, the Kpanti Zing, Chief of Mutum – Biyu and the Galadima Muri.

It was earlier preceded with an inspection of facilities which were either constructed, fabricated or produced by the graduands.

The ten skills acquired by the graduands included Hair dressing, tailoring, shoe making, carpentry, wood carving, computer training, soap making, net-weaving, welding and traditional dress weaving of Adire and Lantang.

10 Reasons Why Governor Ishaku’s Rescue Watch is an Administrative Genius.

Rescue Watch: November 2016 Report for Ussa

Activity Observation Remark
Visits to government Facilities as follows:

Government Day Secondary School Rufu


The team observed the following:

  • Facilities/structures in the school were seriously dilapidated.
  • A block of classroom had one side fallen.
  • The School had no science Laboratory, except for the effort of Chidinma Uzoagu a Corps Member who converted a classroom in the Junior section equipped and furnished same as laboratory.


Ministry of education note.
  The Principal requested for a borehole to serve the laboratory and the school. Ministry of Water Resources to note.
Visit to Maternity Clinic
  • The team observed that the clinic had no water supply.
  • Inadequate drugs in the clinic.
  • Lack of generating set and fence.
CTC Chairman to note.
Visit to Village head of Lumbu The Village Head and His team expressed their in-quantifiable joy and requested the team to convey their gratitude to His Excellency. 

They promised to safeguard all government facilities in their domain.

The traditional leaders made the following observations:

  • The need to construct the road from Rufu-lumbu-Kpakya which internationally bordered Cameroon.
Ministry of rural development to note.
  Construction of a Maternity Clinic at Lumbu-Iya Ussa. CTC to note.
  Need for repairs and revitalization of borehole, water tank at the MCH.

They showed appreciation and gratitude for a new borehole dug by His Excellency in the ward.

Ministry of Water resources to note.
  An elderly man who sustained fracture as a result of an accident was given a token of N20,000 to treat himself, he appreciated His excellency for the gesture.  
Town Hall Meeting The town hall meeting went on successfully with all designated participants in attendance. Discount:
10 Reasons Why Governor Ishaku’s Rescue Watch is an Administrative Genius.

Rescue Watch: November 2016 Report for Yangtu

Activity Observation Remark
Town Hall Meeting at Jenuwa Gida Ward The following were observations made at the meeting:

  • The ward has eleven boreholes but only two is functional and that was repaired by the team in October, the need for more boreholes.
Ministry of Water Resources to take note.
  through Jenuwa Nyifiye to Kashimbila Junction. Ministry of Rural Development to take note
Visit to Jenuwa gida Maternity Clinic Request for repair of the Solar borehole in the Clinic. Ministry of Water Resources.
  Need to step down electricity to the Clinic as there is electricity everywhere except the Clinic. Ministry of Rural Development.
  Inadequate drugs in the Clinic. CTC Chairman to note.
Visit to Kwambai Maternity Clinic Need for drugs, beddings  and laboratory equipment. CTC Chairman to note.
Visit to Bika Need to fix some broken down boreholes. Ministry of Water Resources to note.