Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku has commissioned a well equipped maternity ward at the General Hospital, Warwar in Sardauna Local Government Area.
He also donated an ambulance to the health facility to tackle emergency cases and improve health care delivery in the surrounding villages.
The Governor who is on a one week working visit to the area also commissioned a pipe borne water project and a bridge and visited some remote villages in Warwar, Vakude, Mbamnga among others.
According to him, the Warwar General Hospital was among the hospitals on his list of priorities and he was fulfilled to see that he had kept his campaign promise to the people.
“Health is one of the priorities of my government, as a healthy society leads to improved well being as well as good life and productivity. It is in the light of this that my government has undertaken the renovation and equipping of sets of hospitals and Primary Healthcare Centres across the state.
“The General Hospital Wukari has since been renovated, equipped and adequately staffed with medical consultants, doctors, nurses, laboratory scientists and pharmacists to mention but a few.
“Similarly, renovation works are almost completed at General Hospitals Bambur and Gembu. By December, we will commission the General Hospital Gembu which will be connected to General Hospital Warwar.
“Also, contracts for the supply of medical equipment of international standard have been approved by the Executive Council.”
Ishaku thanked the Speaker, Abel Peter Diah whom he called his good ally for keying into the rescue mission and doing his own quoter to ease the challenges of the people.
He appealed to the people to give him peace so he could continue to give them development that would be long lasting. He also thanked the people of the area for the confidence reposed on his administration and urged them to repeat same in 2019 so that the dividends of democracy could continue to flow.
The Speaker expressed his delight for having the Governor take the pains of leaving his comfort and every other thing to journey through the rigorous terrain to see his people.
“Your name has gone down record book in the hearts of Warwar people because you are the first civilian Governor after two military administrators, Col. Jega and Col. Maman Dickson to come to Warwar.
“Your Excellency, since the creation of Taraba State, apart from the generator, no government presence (in terms of projects) has been felt until now. We remain indebted to you sir.
He said history had been made by the visit and told the Governor he could go to sleep, assured that the people of Warwar and Mbamnga constituencies would vote him massively.
The Governor commissioned a well equipped maternity ward of the General Hospital Warwar which was renovated by Rt. Hon. Abel Peter Diah, a pipe borne water project and a bridge.
Governor Darius Ishaku has disbursed the sum of Three Hundred Million Naira to victims of the 2017/2018 crisis on the Mambilla Plateau in Sardauna Local Government Area of Taraba State.
The disbursement was done in Gembu, headquarters of Sardauna LGA through the Crisis Victims Support Scheme phase one, which was introduced by the Governor.
While addressing the crisis victims, Governor Ishaku regretted the evil occurrence which he said had killed no fewer than Two Hundred and Sixty-Four persons and destroyed properties worth billions of naira between 2017 and 2018.
He said the figure of those killed in the crisis as being authenticated by the fact-finding committee that was set up by the State Government had proven wrong media speculations that thousands of people had been killed.
The Governor expressed happiness for the return of peace among the five tribes on the Mambilla Plateau and called on the people to sustain the hard-earned peace to attract more development to their area.
“Am not here to compensate the victims of the crisis that occurred here on the Mambila. The government cannot have enough to compensate you for the loss you have incurred, especially considering that lives have been lost. But l am here to support you so that you can start living normally again and to also urge you to leave peacefully.
“Am at peace now that l am here to witness that peace has returned to your domain. However, let me sound this warning to those who find joy in circulating fake news on Facebook and other social media mainly to cause confusion and hatred among people that it must stop and we have to desist from that if we want to keep up a healthy society.
The governor also called on the people of Sardauna LGA who are on the border with Cameroon to help accommodate the Cameroonian refugees coming into Nigeria as a result of the crisis in their country.
“When our people had a crisis here, I understand many of our sons and daughters ran to Cameroon to take refuge and they were well treated over there. Now that they are also in trouble, it is our turn to reciprocate the good gesture” he stressed.
The Speaker of the Taraba State House of Assembly, Abel Peter Diah who is also an indigene of the Plateau while commending the peace initiated by Governor Ishaku, called on him to establish tertiary institutions within the area to train youths and create employment among them.
The Speaker assured the Governor that all those affected by crisis had returned to their various homes and were leaving peacefully with one another.
Taraba State Governor Darius Ishaku has assured the people of the Mambilla Plateau that his administration is doing everything within its power to make sure their safety.
Gov. Ishaku handing over a cheque to one of the affected victims of the crisis.
He made the declaration at the presentation of relief materials to victims of the crisis that rocked the area last year.
Governor Ishaku disclosed that his administration was keen on ensuring citizens live in peace with one another and promised improved security to the people for lasting peace.
“There is no way development can come to you without an enabling environment. If there is recurring and avoidable man made crisis, you cannot grow. You must attempt to be your brother’s keeper and be willing to expose and report all fabricators of the incessant clashes we have witnessed to security agencies”.
He stressed on the need for citizens of Sardauna Local Government area to take advantage of the relative peace that has returned to the troubled zone and engage in economic activities that will attract more development to the region.
“I am not unaware of the losses you have suffered. Human lives cannot be replaced but I am not here to pay compensation to victims of the unfortunate crisis but to reduce the hardship you have undergone with a promise to help you get your lives back”.
Governor Ishaku seized the opportunity to announce the construction of the second hydro dam in Kakara to boost power supply to the Highland Tea factory in the area.