By Samson Zanunga.
Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku says it is only when there is an enabling environment, that sustainable development can be guaranteed in any clime.
He stated this while playing host to the Editor-in-Chief of Africa Magazine, Mr. Kayode Soyinka in the Office at Government House Jalingo.
The Governor who expressed joy over the work done by the magazine in showcasing the abundant wealth of the State and it’s people assured that his administration is focused on developing the State regardless of the paucity of funds.
According to Governor Ishaku, there is no better way of showcasing the natural resources of the State than through a medium like the African magazine whose publisher, he described as a man of deep insight and passionate about Nigeria and the African continent.
“let me state it here that we will do our best as a government to meet the yearnings of our people through the provision of sustainable development in the key sectors of our economy”, he said.
Earlier, Mr. Kayode Soyinka stated that, Taraba is a miniature Nigeria where the best of the best in terms of natural resources and agriculture is in abundance.
He harped on the need for government to do it’s best in no small measure to lift the State to a more developed level.
“You have a good man as your Governor and he is passionate about developing the State. Taraba has the potentials to be a great State that Nigeria and the rest of Africa can be proud of”, he noted.
Highlights of the visit was the presentation of copies of the latest edition of the magazine to the Governor.
Present at the visit were top government functionaries and heads of board and parastatals.
Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku has expressed satisfaction with the peace being enjoyed in Wukari Local Government Area.
Governor Darius Ishaku said this at the Christian Reformed Church of the Nation CRC-N Gu Puje while delivering his Christmas message to the people of Wukari and indeed the State.
Darius Ishaku who was visibly excited, expressed pleasure with the restoration of peace in the war ravaged area and added that, since peace has been restored, he is confident that it will afford his administration opportunity to initiate developmental projects that will immediately inject life and peaceful coexistence among the people of the area.
According to him, peace is the most potent instrument that fast tracks development, explaining further, Governor Darius Ishaku said when peace pameates into the hearts of everyone, it would help speed up the process of tolerance and mutual coexistence.
Governor Darius Ishaku reiterated his resolve to as a matter of urgency alleviate the suffering of the people by working frantically towards reinvigorating economic activity in the area.
Darius Ishaku informed the congregation that plans have been concluded to resuscitate the water supply station at Ibi Local Government Area so that water supply will be restored in Wukari and it’s environs immediately.
Similarly, the Taraba State Governor, also revealed that Wukari General Hospital is among hospitals that have been selected for total redesign, reconstruction and the provision of modern health equipment so that the State would be able to meet up in its statutory responsibility of adequately attending to the health needs of the people.
He added that two roads will be constructed in the area and the reconstruction of destroyed communities during the crises, so that, the affected people can return to their various places and go about their normal businesses as they have been used to in the past.
Governor Darius Ishaku emphasised that, maximum attention will be accorded to Wukari which is the headquarters of Southern Taraba, explaining that, even in the face of scarce resources his administration will strive to site projects in the area.
Darius Ishaku used the forum and commended the Aku Uka of Wukari, Dr. Shekarau Angyu Masa Ibi, Kuvyon ll for being a Royal father that understands the importance of peace and have worked hard to promote peaceful coexistence in his domain.
Similarly, he commended all the security apparatus, elders and youths for their contribution in restoring peace in Wukari and its environs and challenged them to sustain it.
The Governor however admonished the congregation that the birth of Jesus Christ brought love, joy and peace to the world and beckoned on the people to use this season to show love and accommodate one another.
He urged them not to allow themselves to be used as instruments that will cause disaffection among the people in the area.
Delivering his Christmas message, the Resident Pastor CRC-N, Gu Puje, Rev. Tagarka Garleya emphasised the importance of Christmas to every believer, which he said is centered on showing love, particularly in living a life that is Christ like and with strict adherence to the commandments of God.
Rev. Tagarka Garleya maintained that God sent Jesus to give salvation to mankind, buttressing that, love for one another during this period is what God desires most from all Christians.
He admonished the congregation to examine the lifestyle of Jesus Christ, describing it as rear, unique and all embracing as he challenged Christians to avoid living a life that will lead them to eternal condemnation.
Goodwill messages were received from the Chairman of Wukari, Daniel Adi, the Aku Uka of Wukari who doubles as the Chairman councils of Chiefs Taraba State said concerted effort will be made to sustain peace in the area by being more vigilant at all times.
Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku and the Aku Uka of Wukari , Dr. Shekarau Angyu Masa Ibi Kuvyon ll were honoured by the church for their contributions in various peace initiative in the State.
“Here lies the great son of Kwararafa Empire who fought her course, a man that had vision, wisdom and humility, a man who served humanity, an insatiable treasure to the community and to the Kingdom, ‘’ this were the exact words of Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku during the burial of late Jibrin Abdullahi Amfani.
Governor Ishaku described late elder Jibrin Amfani as rare gift to the Kwararafa kingdom who lived a life worthy of emulation and rendered unequalled and selfless service to his people and humanity, explaining that no one has defended the Kwararafa Empire as the deceased
Continuing, the Governor said Elder Amfani has written his name in the sands of history asserting that, late Elder Amfani used his wisdom and intelligence at any given time to render services that involved mediating for the interest of his people, giving cogent advises that has contributed positively to what the present Kwararafa kingdom is today.
Governor Ishaku then used the opportunity to call on people of Kwararafa Empire to emulate the sterling legacies of late Amfani, which was built on selflessness, patriotism, and visionary, with a sincere call to work diligently to key into his vision of a greater Wukari which the Elder statesman desires, particularly making Wukari a capital of Knowledge in Taraba State and the entire Kwararafa Kingdom.
The Governor likened the death of late Jibrin Amfani as an archive totally burnt down to ashes and challenged all jukuns to work assiduously towards ensuring that someone steps into the shoes of late Jibrin Amfani in order to continue from where he stopped.
In his speech, the former Minister of Defense, General Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma who is the Abonta of Wukari described late Elder Jibrin Amfani as a man of peace who worked tirelessly for the unity of the entire Jukun Kingdom, particularly facilitating the peace process between the Tivs and the jukuns.
Represented by the former Minister of Water Resources, Obadiah Ando said late Jibrin Amfani was an arsenal, saying that, Taraba state has lost a reservoir of knowledge, beacon of peace and a grassroots mobilizer of unimaginable character and ability.
He maintained that time has come to look at the possibility of finding a worthy replacement, which involves critically looking at the man’s history with a view to finding a worthy successor.
“Where can we get another, we need to go through the man’s history and try to live the life that he led, because with him alive as a Kwararafa Nation we have no fear, with him death, the Library has actually burnt down, those that knows a lot like him and are keeping quiet should please come out, we have many boys in the universities let them go back to the books and recreate the history for the future,” he appealed.
Similarly, the Aku Uka of Wukari, Dr. Shekarau Angyu Masa Ibi Kuvyon II, who is the Chairman Taraba State Council of Chiefs extolled the virtues of Late Jibrin Amfani describing him as a precious gem to Wukari and indeed the whole of Kwararafa kingdom, a mentor, technocrat and a philanthropist par excellence.
The tribute of late Jibrin Amfani who worked with the Aku as Chairman Advisory committee was read by Dr. John Kaukam an alumnus of the famous Katsina Ala Old boy Association who maintained that late Elder Amfani was a wonderful mobilizer who dedicated his life for truth and for the betterment of humanity.
Dr. Kaukam lamented that Wukari local council will greatly miss his counsel and fatherly advice and direction, most especially the palace of the Aku where he contributed immensely in giving germane advises that affect the peace and progress of the entire council.
Late Jibrin Abdullahi Amfani was born on 15th January 1936 to Mallam Abdullahi Amfani and had his early education in SUM Lupwe between 1943 to 1949, between 1951 to 1952 he was admitted into the famous Benue Middle school Katsina Ala and later proceeded to prestigious Keffi Government college in the present Nasarawa State and former Benue plateau Region where he graduated in 1962 with Cambridge School Certificate.
He was a pioneer student of Ahmadu Bello University and graduated with BA Hons in Public Administration in 1965 and started his civil service career with Northern State Government on 1st July 1965 as a District Officer which was then referred to as D.O at that time and he was in charged of the present day Nguru of the then Borno province.
Late Jibrin Amfani also was seconded to the Nigerian Police and successfully retired from civil service after reaching the pinnacle of his carrier as Permanent Secretary with Gongola State Government in month of April, 1980.
Late Jibrin Abdullahi Amfani is survived by his aged wife, Mrs. Sarah Nwuda Amfani, his sister Hajiya Fulani Fika, 8 children and 19 grandchildren.
He has since been buried according to Christian rites in his compound led by the CRC-N President, Rev. Dr. Caleb Osheka Solomon Ahima