Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Sylvanus Giwa has condemned in strong terms the recent teachers’ demonstrations using juvenile in the state.
Hon. Silvanus Giwa.
Sylvanus Giwa made the condemnation while speaking with the Press crew at the government house Jalingo.
He said it is an abuse to use pupils, saying the action amounts to undermining their fundamental human rights.
The SSA, appealed to teachers to be calm as the government is making frantic efforts to regularised the payment of their salaries.
Sylvanus Giwa urged Teachers to cooperate with the grassroots committee who are on a physical screening of teachers in the state.
He stated that Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku had expended money to screen Primary school teachers with lots of irregularities that would be surmounted soonest by the government
The SSA, maintained that the authentication of teachers mostly those at the grassroots would help to track some of the irregularities in the system
Sylvanus Giwa queried the rationale of some fake teachers who are bent on truncating government good intention, advising them to refrain from the dastardly act.
He advised teachers with genuine cases to submit their valid documents to designated authorities for it to be resolved permanently.
The SSA frowned at the manner some politicians were using the demonstration to create confusion in the state and called on people of the state to always support governor Darius Dickson Ishaku administration.
He called on the teachers to always consult with Labour Unions to address issues confronting them.
Sylvanus Giwa advised teachers to go back to school as some of them have started receiving their salaries.
Taraba State Government has approved the recruitment of three thousand Teachers to boost the performance of Taraba indigenes and to reposition the educational sector to be comparable to any in the country.
This was disclosed to Government House Press Crew at the Exco Chambers shortly after the Executive Council meeting yesterday by the Commissioner for Education, Mr. Johannes Jegem, Barr. Yusuf Akirikwen and the Head of service of the State, Mr. Simon Angyu during a Press briefing on the resolution of the Council as chaired by the Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku where landmark approval was given to the Ministry of Education.
The Commissioner for Education, Hon. Johannes Jegem disclosed that during the meeting, Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku and the entire Council members approved the recruitment of 3000 trained teachers to beef up the educational sector of the State.
Hon. Johannes Jegem said, the essence of the scheme which is tittled, ‘Rescue Teachers Scheme,’ is to enhance total Reformation in the education sector to make it sound, resourceful and result oriented in line with the new National Policy on Education in the Country.
He stressed that, Education is the cornerstone of human and Economic development in Taraba State and beyond and called on qualified and trained teachers to take advantage of this opportunity.
He explained that emphasis will be given to NCE and first degree holders in the fields of education.
The Commissioner disclosed that the recruitment will reflect Federal character where all the 16 Local Government Councils will be given equal opportunity, but said, trained teachers in the fields of sciences will be given priority as it has been allocated 70% of those to be recruited while 30% goes to teachers in the fields of Arts and the recruitment is strictly for Secondary Schools cadre.
While in his contribution, the Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Barr. Yusuf Akirikwen said the approval is meant to improve and sustain the performance recorded by students of Taraba State in the last year’s West Africa Examination Council WAEC.
He posited that the present administration led by Darius Ishaku is determined to vigorously reposition the State educational sector saying, the submission received a unanimous support from the entire Exco members.
Barr. Yusuf Akirikwen maintained that the focus of the Rescue Mission of Arc. Darius Ishaku is to provide jobs for Tarbans and take them off the streets and called on graduates and NCE holders that are indigenes of the State to apply immediately.
He explained that, out of the three thousand teachers to be employed, one thousand will be first degree holders while the remaining two thousand will strictly be for NCE holders.
He also called on those who are under the manpower scheme of the State to also apply as they will be given special consideration, particularly those with first degree and NCE holders.
In his contribution, the State Head of Service, Mr. Simon Angyu revealed that the ban on employment was lifted last year by the State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku and the employment is expected to be carried out in phases.
According to him, the Ministry of Health has employed Nurses and Midwives as well as Health workers and the retention of retiring nurses on contract basis because of lack of nurses in the health sector of the State, adding that more people will be recruited into the State Civil Service to make it more productive and vibrant.
Simon Angyu then used the opportunity to call on people of the State to support the present administration led by Arc. Darius Ishaku and his Rescue Mission to succeed.
Taraba State Government says no going back on the ongoing Biometrics screening exercise embarked upon by the State Government to ascertain the exact numbers of Primary Schools Teachers on Government payroll.
This was disclosed by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku, Mr. Sylvanus Yakubu Giwa while briefing Government House Press Crew, hence the need for the people of the State to explore dialogue as a means of addressing issues rather than being confrontational.
Sylvanus Giwa said the protest on Monday by a faceless group was uncalled for and reaffirmed Government’s determination to continue with the screening of teachers until ghost workers are completely eradicated from the payroll of Taraba State Universal Basic Education Board TSUBEB.
The Senior Special Assistant maintained that gone were the days of using uncivilised way of resolving issues and called on the people of the State to always use dialogue as the only viable means of addressing problems.
He added that, the exercise is also meant to reposition the activities of TSUBEB in the State and challenged those that are incitiing teachers to embark on protest to desist from such acts, positing that, they do not have the interest of teachers at heart.
He revealed that Government wants what is best for teachers in Taraba State and no amount of intimidation or protest as being carried out by people who are outrightly stealing what belongs to teachers will stop her.
He further pointed out that their evil deeds have caught up with them and now, they have resorted to inciting teachers to embark on protest with a view to embarassing the present administration in the State.
Sylvanus Giwa stressed that, due process will be strictly followed and challenged politicians who are heating up the process to desist as Government is determined to deal with any person found meddling in the Biometrics exercise in the State.
The Governor’s spokesman mentioned that, when the exercise is concluded more teachers will be recruited with a view to further enhancing the standard of education thereby, bettering the lives of teachers.
He added that recently, Taraba State Governor lifted the ban on employment in the State which is aimed at bringing on board more people in the State Civil Service.
Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku said he is not deterred by the series of publication aimed at frustrating his peace mission aimed at resettling and giving the Tiv people new lease of life.
This was revealed by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Sylvanus Yakubu Giwa while briefing newsmen recently in his office in Jalingo.
According to him, the continuous publication by ThisDay Watch, captioned ”Taraba Crisis: Burn Tiv people to ashes if they resist the town renaming Agenda: DDI urges kinsmen”, written by one Umar Shehu on October 16, 2016, is a personal imagination of the writer and his sponsors.
Sylvanus Giwa said the publication was maliciously written aimed at pitching the Tiv people against the administration of Governor Darius Ishaku, pointing out that, some unscrupulous persons are not happy with the return of the Tiv people to their respective settlements as those that were responsible for sending the Tivs away from their places of abode are determined to frustrate the ongoing initiative.
He maintained that those that are involved in the publication are working on the sensibility and mentality of the Tiv people to spark up another round of crisis, asserting that no amount of publication will stop the ongoing peace and resettlement process and pointed out that peace is key to the success of every society.
The Governor’s spokesman reiterated government’s determination to further intensify the resettlement process so that the affected persons will return and begin to contribute positively towards the development of the state and challenged the perpetrators to desist from frivolous publication and join the present Government in working for the betterment of the state.
Sylvanus Giwa mentioned that all that the State Government is concerned about at the moment is how to meet the yearnings and aspirations of the people particularly, in the provision of social amenities to all the nooks and crannies of every Community.
He charged all Tarabans irrespective of tribe, religion and political affiliations to support the Rescue Mission of Arc. Darius Ishaku to achieve the lofty projects that he has outlined for the State, particularly, in reducing the poverty level across board in the State adding that, the era of politicking is over and all that is required is collaborative effort to move the State forward.
Speaking on the illusive 42 man committee that was alleged in the ThisDay Watch, the SSA Media and Publicity lamented that, it is unfortunate that the said group is playing with sensibility of the Tiv people and explained that there is no way the State Government will constitute a committee without making it public, without a Chairman to head the committee and even without terms of reference that the committee will work with.
Sylvanus Giwa advised the Tiv community to be weary of rumour peddlers and mischief-makers that do not want the Tiv of Taraba State to live in peace and contribute their quota to the development of the State and described the Tiv people as hard working people tasking them to be cautions of people that do not want them to live in peace and harmony.
The SSA Media encouraged the Tiv Community to always employ dialogue as a viable means of solving issues that affects them and their respective communities, assuring them that Governor Darius Ishaku is poised to accord them all the support they need to be comfortable and go about their normal and legitimate duties unhindered and further challenged them to support the Governor’s effort to permanently nib the crisis in the bud.
Hon. Silvanus Giwa.
The Taraba State Chairman of the All Progressive Congress APC, Hassan Ardo has been challenged to be constructive in his criticisms of the present administration led by Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku which is adjudged to be carrying all and sundry along.
The challenge was made yesterday by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Sylvanus Yakubu Giwa in Government House Jalingo during a Press Briefing on recent happenings in the State.
He said some people have constituted themselves into a reservoir of mischief makers and are bent on rubbishing the successes recorded by the present administration.
The SSA Media and Publicity who was reacting to a publication on the Leadership Newspaper dated 27th September, 2016, captioned “Taraba APC calls for Governor Ishaku’s resignation” credited to the APC Chairman, Hassan Ardo raised issues that were based on falsehood, parochial reasoning and criminally intended to cause confusion and as well score cheap popularity among the gullible people of the State.
He stressed that, the people of the State are richly blessed with high spirit of discernment most especially now that the country is faced with many difficulties.
He maintained that the outburst of the APC Chairman clearly shows that he is suffering from frustration because he was unable to deliver his party at the 2015 general elections in the State.
Speaking further, Sylvanus Giwa revealed that a man like Ardo may not know that, the Governor he is calling for his resignation is rated 6th in the country for good performance in terms of development and have initiated policies and programmes that have direct impact on the lives of the people of the State.
The SSA to Governor Darius Ishaku described some of the allegations from Ardo as blatant lies, mischievous and a cruel antagonism to the success of the rescue mission of the present administration which is all encompassing.
Sylvanus Giwa pointed out that the present administration in Taraba State under the able leadership of Arc. Darius Ishaku has not only ensured steady progress in terms of payment of workers salaries, provision of basic infrastructures, but also succeeded in tackling the security challenges that have ravaged some parts of the State in the past, asserting that the magnanimity of Ishaku during this period of economic recession should be commended because most States of the Federation are owing workers several months of salary arrears.
He stated that it is laughable that the APC chairman is condemning actions taken by the Executive and the Legislative arms of Government to reduce the tenure of Local Government Council Chairmen to two years, arguing that, two years was inadequate and averred that the argument raised by Ardo does not make sense, positing that, any Council Chairman that is determined to perform will work wonders within the span of one year by coming up with projects that would impact positively on the people of his area.
The Governor’s Media Aid categorically stated that, there is no civil servant in the State that is being owed salary including the Local Government Councils, except where measures are taken to block salary leakages which had led to the over bloated staff strength and salary bills kept catapulting.
He accused Hassan Ardo who served and retired as an accountant of complacency in the salaries leakages hence, his desire to resist measures put in place by the present Government towards ending the illegality that he benefitted maximally from with the fear that the goodies may not be forthcoming.
On teachers and Local Government Staff, recently the Government paid staff of the Local Governments two months after successfully carrying out biometric screening exercise and as such, challenged APC Chairmen, Hassan Ardo to be cogent in his facts when talking about workers salaries and call on him to join hands with Governor Darius Ishaku to help spread the successes of the Rescue Mission and equally generated positive ideas that will fast track development in the State.