Vice Chancellor, Taraba state University Professor Vincent Tenebe delivering his speech during the orientation of newly admitted students at the University Hall.
The Vice Chancellor of Taraba state University Jalingo, Professor Vincent Ado Tenebe has challenged the newly admitted students who resumed for 2019/2020 academic session of the university to pursue excellence with passion and to remain focused on their academic pursuit in order to achieve greatness and fulfilment in life.
Professor Tenebe who was speaking at the 2020 resumption orientation program organized for newly admitted students of the university, noted with excitement that this is not the first set of students he is receiving as Vice Chancellor and charged them to make him proud.
The Vice Chancellor observed that since his resumption in 2017, he has engaged in various tours of the university facilities and is convinced that Taraba state University is indeed the hub of academic revolution.
He went further to assure the students of the commitment of the University management team, heads of units and all staff of their comfort and welfare throughout their stay on campus.
The VC described the University management team who also were in attendance at the orientation program as the compass the students need to navigate the university environment and encourage the students to feel free at all times to approach any of the officials of the university for guidance and assistance.
Earlier, Professor Tenebe had commended the University management team and staff members who were involved in the resumption and allocation of hostel rooms to the newly admitted students.
The Vice Chancellor had visited the male and female hostels severally to ascertain the level of preparedness of the university to admit and allocate students into various rooms.
He advised the newly admitted students to be watchful and shun anti social activities, that they are the hope of their parents and communities not to be mindful of their stay in the university but to do everything possible not to bring shame to their communities and parents.
Barely two weeks since rainstorm destroyed several properties in Jalingo and Wukari, another tragedy occurred late Friday and the early hours of Saturday in Jalingo.
The rains which were accompanied by strong winds has claimed several lives as a result of collapsed electric poles, buildings and telecommunication masts. Also, the Taraba State University, which was hugely affected in the last rainstorm, is once again affected.
As at the time of writing this report, the entire Jalingo city is without electric light, while communication is generally affected perhaps due to damage to masts.
No fewer than five people were feared killed in the early hours of today (Saturday), following a wind storm that accompanied an early morning rain in Jalingo, the Taraba State capital.
Dr. Dashe Dasogot, Chairman Medical Advisory Committee of the Taraba State Specialist Hospital Jalingo told our correspondent that five corpses were brought to the morgue of the hospital after the rainstorm.
Dashe who conducted our correspondent round the structures and trees in the hospital that were blown off by the rainstorm added that two other persons with various degree of injuries were receiving treatment at the emergency unit of the hospital.
“Four of the dead were from the mast that fall opposite the gate of our hospital here and one other was brought from the town,” he said.
An eyewitness Mrs. Heriata Anthony told our correspondent that three of her cousin sisters, Aisha Useni, Felicia Istifanus and Istiah James were among the four persons that were killed when a telecommunication mast fall on them during the rainstorm.
Mrs. Anthony who operates a restaurant shop opposite the gate of the state Specialist hospital explained that her cousins left the house early for work in the restaurant when the incident happened.
“They finished cooking and were already selling food to customers around 6:00am when the rain storm forced the mast behind the restaurant to fall on them. “Three of them including a customer who came to buy food died instantly. Konah Danjuma who was also in the shop sustained shoulder and head injuries,” she said.
Director of Communications of the Catholic Diocese of Jalingo, Rev. Fr. John Jerome also told journalists that the Chaplain of St. Thomas Aquinas Chaplaincy, Taraba State University, Jalingo, Rev. Fr. Pontianus Jaffla and seven other parishioners sustained injuries when the temporary shelter serving as church fall on them.
According to him, the priest and students of the University were in the morning Mass when the church gave way to a heavy storm that accompanied the early morning rain. “Rev. Fr. Pontianus sustained a head injury and was treated at the Federal Medical Center Jalingo and discharged.
“One of the students was also treated and discharged but the remaining six are still receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Center Jalingo,” he said.
The Taraba State Executive Council led by the Executive Governor, Darius Dickson Ishaku yesterday 17th August, 2017 held a valedictory session for Danbaba Danfulani Suntai as part of activities lined to honour him for his contribution to the growth of the state.
Valedictory Session, Government House, Jalingo
The event which took place around 2pm at the Exco chambers of Government House Jalingo had in attendance all members of the present Exco.
Speaking during the Valedictory Session, Taraba state Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku described the former Governor as a man with unequalled character in the contemporary society.
Governor Darius Ishaku said Danbaba Suntai’s formidable structures put in place in the state capital and the local government areas would be difficult to erase hence the need to improve on it and as well initiate and design other valuable programmes which the people of the state will continue to be proud of.
He used the session to appreciate Retired General Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma for chattering flights to bring the corpse of the deceased and promised to set up a committee that would go and thank him formally.
Other Members of the state Executive Council who also spoke during the Valedictory Session showered encomiums on Late former Governor, Danbaba Danfulani Suntai for his enormous contribution to the development of the state.
In his contribution, the Deputy Governor, Engr. Haruna Manu described the deceased as a generous and a detribalised personality who worked tirelessly to develop and also change the hitherto rural status of the state.
Haruna Manu said his story in life will not be complete without mentioning the former Governor who contributed substantially to promote and elevate his company and further place him on a good pedestal in politics.
Commenting on the unique qualities of Late Suntai, the Chief of staff, Government House administration, Rebo Usman said, the love shown by the former governor to people of the state was awesomely unquantifiable coupled with his firmness in handling issues that affects Taraba citizens.
Rebo Usman expressed happiness that the dreams and aspirations of late Suntai are being vigorously pursued, and materialised through the hard work of the present Governor, Darius Ishaku who believes in continuity and added that with the achievements recorded in the state so far attest to the uniformity of ideas.
On his part, the Secretary to Taraba state Government, Anthony Jellason described late Suntai as a humble, generous and a kind fellow .
Anthony Jellason stated that Danbaba Suntai was detribalised and treated all Tarabans with love irrespective of tribe, religion or other affiliations.
Speaking on the unequaled character of late Danbaba Suntai, the State head of Service, Simon Istifanus Angyu urged Tarabans to emulate him and urged all to be truthful which was the hallmark of the deceased former Governor.
Simon Angyu applauded the significant role played by the deceased in the harmonization of workers salaries and ensuring consistency in the payment of monthly salaries in the state.
All Commissioners that spoke praised his doggedness, proactiveness, resilience and above all, the pragmatic approach of late Danbaba Danfulani Suntai towards the development of the state.
They unanimously said he impacted on them the unique attributes to imbibe the spirit of selflessness in the service of the state and to humanity.
Accordingly, the former Secretary to the Taraba state government, Gebon Timothy Kataps remarked that the name of the former governor would always be remembered for the achievements recorded in the state during his tenure.
He said when the Governor crashed in a plane he was piloting, the state would have been in abyss if not for the steadfastness and the loyalty of his loyalists who were tagged; the cabals, who stood their ground to protecting his structures for continuous development of the state.
Kataps, on behalf of late Governor Danbaba’s friends thanked Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku for the love and care shown to the family in paying his bills and for according him a state burial.
Two minutes silence was observed for late Danbaba Danfulani Suntai who was the second civilian Governor of the state, the Valedictory Session had former Council members during the deceased tenure in attendance.