The Commissioner for Power, Hon. Badina Garba, and his Information and Orientation counterpart, Hon. Danjuma Adamu has advised the people to cease from orchestrating a campaign of falsehood against the person and office of the governor regarding the Mambilla Hydro Power Project.
The Commissioners said this during a press briefing in Jalingo at the weekend where they revealed that the Mararaba-Baissa-Abong-Nguroje road construction was part of the strategic and proactive steps taken by Governor Ishaku to make the project’s implementation easier.
According to the Commissioners, the Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku has commenced construction work on the Mararaba-Baissa-Abong-Nguroje road in his determination to remove every obstacle on the way to the proposed Mambilla Hydro Power Project in Sardauna LGA of the state.
The Federal road, according to the Commissioner for Power, Badina Garba, and his Information and Orientation counterpart, Danjuma Adamu, is being constructed and funded by the state, adding that the state government had as well rented apartments for use as office and accommodation for the staff of the Federal Ministry of Power.
Reacting to the allegation that the governor had refused to collect the cheque approved by the Federal Government for the compensation of those affected by the project, the duo said the money was not for compensation, but for survey work.
“Payment of compensation has not started as being erroneously canvassed in the media. A lot of work by both the state government and the federal ministry of power still needs to be done before getting to the stage of compensation.
“There are several milestones to be met. The governor has directed that this must be thoroughly conducted to avoid complaints and controversies now and in future,” they said.
While agreeing that the process “is still ongoing”, the duo said “it is therefore wrong to label such an honest effort of the government to do a thorough job as delay.”
According to them, the governor who was a former Minister of Power, knows more than most Nigerians the benefits of the project hence, they urged the people to eschew sentiments, for the Federal Government to make the project a reality.
The Mbondua Mbamnga, HRH Amb. Dr. Emmanuel Q. Njiwah delivering his speech on behalf of all the Cheifs present.
As top leaders from Taraba state converged in Abuja to discuss the way forward in the actualization of the Mambilla Hydropower dam project, Taraba state Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku said the sensitization meeting was organized by his administration to demonstrate the state’s readiness to support the various initiatives of the Ministry of Power.
Governor Ishaku stressed that he was impressed with the determination of the Federal government in carrying out the project and noted further that the appointment of a Minister of Power from Taraba state was a very important decision in the realisation of the dream.
He implored the federal government to ensure that Taraba State benefits from the project.
He said the sensitization committee will ensure that communities buy into the projects by agreeing to be compensated and relocated.
According to him, the dam will impact agriculture, tourism and other aspects of the lives of the people.
Pledging the unalloyed support of his administration, Governor Ishaku said road construction to the site of the project is ongoing.
Earlier in his remarks, the Minister of Power, Engr. Sale Mamman, said the President has ensured everything is in place to ensure the project is actualised.
The sensitization meeting was attended by traditional rulers, political leaders and members of the Taraba Executive Council.
Also in attendance are Senators Yusuf A Yusuf (Taraba Central), Senator Shuaibu Lau (Taraba North), Reps. David Abel Fuoh.
Others are Speaker of the Taraba state House of Assembly, Dr. Alkinjo Joseph, the Minister of State, Power, Goddy Jedy Agba, and other stakeholders from the region.
The event is being held at the Transcorp Hilton in the federal capital territory, Abuja.
Taraba state Governor, Darius Dickson Ishaku has thanked President Mohammadu Buhari for approving the construction of the Mambilla hydro power project.
The Governor stated this when people of the state paid him Sallah homage at the government lodge in Takum local Government Area.
He said he was thrilled with the announcement since he has worked assiduously to make it a reality.
Governor Ishaku stated that the President was emphatic and swift in taking the decision as the project would be the biggest in Africa.
The Governor stressed that the Mambilla hydro power project when completed, would boost tourism, farming and fishing, making it a multi purpose project.
He challenged the paramount ruler of Sardauna Shehu Audu Baju to always make sure that peace reign in the area.
Governor Ishaku thanked state executive council members, security operatives, PDP leadership in the state, CAN, Muslim Council and Royal fathers for supporting him towards the maintenance of peace in the state.
The Governor also applauded the effort of the Chief of staff Government House administration, SSG, Head of Service and people of the state for their support that has made him to succeed in his administration.
Commenting, Speaker Taraba state of Assembly who was represented by Member Representing Takum two in the state House of Assembly Mark Husseini Bako, says the House of Assembly is identified with the laudable development programs of the Governor that has brought peace and development to the state.
Also speaking, the state Head of service, Simon Istifanus Angyu said the over fourteen thousand civil servants in the state are happy with his leadership mostly on the prompt payment of workers salaries and pensioners, promising to accord him the needed support.
Representative of commissioners of the state, Yusuf Nya Akirikwen stated that the commitment of the Governor towards peace and development was the reason Sallah was celebrated peacefully in the state.
On his part, the Chairman Taraba state council of chiefs Aku Uka who went down memory lane on the history of the Jukun race thanked Governor Darius Ishaku, saying it is his peace initiative in the state that has made the Sallah celebration a success.
Wife of the Governor and the initiator of the Hope Afresh Foundation, Barr. Anna Ishaku, various heads of security formations, royal fathers, religious leaders, commissioners, permanent secretaries and other aides attended event.