Governor Darius Ishaku has attributed the success of his administration to the cordial working relationship that has existed between the three tiers of Government.
The Governor made this disclosure during an induction seminar organised by the State House of Assembly for elected and re-elected Members, held at the Patience Event Center, Jalingo.
He stressed that the established relationship must be sustained for steady progress adding that his administration had carried everybody along promising to always run an all inclusive governance in the State.
He advised the leadership of the House to equip the new Members with rudiments of legislation saying legislators have played vital roles in the success of his Rescue Mission.
In his welcome address, the Speaker of the Taraba State House of Assembly, Rt. Honourable Abel Peter Diah assured the Governor of the needed support and cooperation to enable him succeed in his second term.
Diah said the essence of the induction was to acquaint the new Members with the proceedings of the House.
In his vote of thanks, Clerk of the House, Mella Orngu thanked Governor Ishaku for his continuous support to the State House of Assembly
Governor Ishaku Casting His Vote
At exactly 11:49am, Governor Ishaku arrived Gauten ward Kofar sarki Takum in company of his wife to perform their civic rights.
After casting his vote Governor Ishaku faced the media and expressed his displeasure over the undemocratic assault by the APC on some PDP chieftains who were arrested last night by agents of the directorate of state services.
Governor Ishaku stated that the actions of the APC is a direct affront to truncate a peaceful electioneering process that was witnessed during the Presidential election.
“The actions of the APC is condemnable in the strongest terms. In my early chat with the press yesterday, I brought to the notice of a plot to arrest key figures of the PDP by the APC to enable them rig the elections and it happened”.
He also revealed that as he spoke, the two chieftains are still in the custody of the DSS.
“How can there not be an opposition party in a democracy, this actions can only lead to a dictatorship rule. We have a democracy in Nigeria but if belonging to an opposition party is a crime in Nigeria, then I wonder which direction we are headed”.
Governor Ishaku is 63 Years today. We thank God for adding another one year to his life. Many people are interested in the unofficial lifestyle of their leaders, especially when the leaders are in high positions.
This knowledge helps people in several ways like emulating their leaders, praying for them and knowing how to relate to them. It is on this line that we wish to unveil the other side of Governor Darius Ishaku as he turns 63 today, which many may not be aware of, but will be very interested in.
We all owe our leaders the following, as instructed by God.
- Good followership.
The instances below discusses how some people misplaced some of these obligations. They are shameful acts that could annoy God and unfortunately affect one’s life negatively because leaders are chosen by God, no matter how you feel about them. Interestingly, Governor Ishaku did not reciprocate them the way he is empowered to do. This commendable virtue is highlighted in the following instances.
Reaction to a rude phone call receiver at his previous Ministry of Power: In his usual fun manner, Governor Ishaku was explaining his early experiences when he took office. He revealed how, on resuming office he called the office line of his previous Ministry of Power, where he served as the Minister of Power.
He wanted them to increase power supply to Jalingo. While trying to explain why he was calling, without giving out the details, the phone receiver was sounding very harsh and rude, explaining that he will not attend to him until he reveals who he was.
What others in his capacity will do: As a result of the rude initial encounter, others in the capacity of the governor would first of all disconnect the call and order their aides to trace the receiver and deal with him.
What he did: He revealed his name, his rank and where he was calling from. Then he explained what he wanted and why he needed it. This humble explanation gave Jalingo improved power supply almost immediately.
What will you have done if you were the governor?
Reaction to a nasty “Text Message”: During one of the Face the Press sessions last month, the Permanent Secretary from the Bureau for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Bello Yero, was fielding questions from Journalists as a result of why some local government Teachers were not receiving salary. In order to explain one of his points he gave an instance where the governor received a nasty and insultive text message, from a fisherman living in one of the villages in Bali Local Government who claimed he had not been paid for 8 months.
On receiving the text message, the governor sent for the Perm. Sec. and asked him to ensure that the man gets his salary. The Perm. Sec. called the fisherman who was still adamant and took full responsibility for sending the text. The man was asked to come and meet the Perm. Sec. at the bank in Jalingo. On further investigation with the bank, it was discovered that the man was using someone’s name, to collect salary as a ghost worker because when the real owner of the name he was using did his bank verification, the fisherman’s salary automatically stopped.
What others in his capacity will do: They will inform the Chairman or the Chief security of the Local Government to fish him out and deal with him, or probably ensure he loses his job.
What the Governor did: The governor put himself in the man’s shoes, ignored the insult and went an extra mile to solve his purported problem.
What will you have done if you were the governor?
These instances prove that Governor Ishaku is a responsible leader. Let’s be good followers and not add to their challenges please. If being an ordinary form captain is difficult, what about being a governor?