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“Gov. Ishaku to Complete all Ongoing Projects” – Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning

“Gov. Ishaku to Complete all Ongoing Projects” – Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning

The commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning in Taraba State Hon. Solomon Elisha have said Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku will complete all the ongoing projects in the state. The commissioner made this remark when presenting to the general public a budget of 149 billion that was signed into law by the governor two weeks ago.

The budget which was prepared using the IPSAS standard is in accordance with five basic parameters which includes a national inflation rate of 13%, national GDP of 4.2%, oil production benchmark of 1.88 million barrel-per-day, oil price benchmark of $57 per barrel and an exchange rate of 410.15 naira.

In his remark, the commissioner said the revenue sources include statutory allocation which is estimated to be 33%, income from value-added 12% and independent internally generated revenue IGR of 6.66 percent while AIDS and grants is expected to be 12.20 2%, loans of 21.5% and other capital receipts and federal government support of about 12.6% of the budget.

The commissioner emphasized the need for ministries, departments and agencies of government in the state to pay close attention to revenue generation as contained in the governor’s budget presentation speech. Some of the remark made by the governor which were re emphasize by the commissioner includes; the need for revenue collection to remain a top most priority and rigorous collection and account for it, he said all ministries, departments and agencies must grow their revenue as emphasize by the governor.

The commissioner said that the state government particularly in this year’s budget will be focusing on areas of economic importance that will improve the well-being of its citizen and this states why 55.98% of the budget amounting to about 40 billion is towards boasting economic activites in the states. Another area which will take about 31.4% of the budget amounting to about 22 billion is the social sector. Governance and administrative will take six billion naira in the budget and law and justice which is about 3.7% of the budget.

Gov. Ishaku Approves Employment of 3000 Rescue Teachers

Gov. Ishaku Approves Employment of 3000 Rescue Teachers

Arch. Darius Dickson Ishaku, (FNIA, FNITP) Executive Governor of Taraba State.

Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku has approved the employment of over three thousand Rescue teachers in the State.

The Governor made the disclosure while addressing Congregation of the Christian Reformed Church Nigeria CRCN in Lufu,Takum Local Government Area.

He said processes for their documentation is already on ground calling on them to be calm and give their best in their areas of assignment.

Governor Darius Ishaku tasked the new President of the Christian Reformed Church Nigeria Isaiah Magaji Jirapye to ensure that people at the grassroots are empowered,educated and improve on the health needs of the people.

Commenting,President of the Christian Reformed Church Nigeria CRCN Isaiah Magaji Jirapye said he is a beneficiary of the Missionaries who spread the Gospel to all nooks and crannies of the world.

He narrated his ordeal from a humble beginning in Lufu Community of Takum Local Government Area saying the height he has attained is by the grace of God.

Jirapye,advised the congregation to thank and look up to God who is ever ready to solve their problems and solicited for prayers from the people to finish his tenure successfully.

The President, thanked Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku for gracing the retirement Service of the immediate past President of the CRCN Caleb Osheka Ahima despite his tight schedules.

In his Sermon,Evangelist Jonah Authority who read from the book of Genesis Chapter nineteen verse five challenged Christians to repent to inherit the Kingdom of God.

He condemned act of lesbianism and homosexuality that is having it’s way in the society despite the teachings of Christ on how to live holy and pious life.

The Evangelist said on the last day everyone would be judged according to his deeds on earth.

High point of the service was the announcement of Elijah Adashu as the National General Secretary Youth wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria who is also from the Lufu Community.

Wife of the Governor Anna Darius Ishaku,Members State House of Assembly,Chief of Staff Government House Administration Stephen Haruna Gbana, Commissioners,Chairmen and others accompanied the Governor to the Church Service.

Taraba Government Pledges to Support Gassol Integrated Farms

Taraba Government Pledges to Support Gassol Integrated Farms

The Taraba State Government has pledges support the successful and seamless operation of GASSOL Local Government area of the State.

Accordingly the State Government has awarded the contract for the construction of the 24 kilometer road from yerima village to the farm site in GASSOL town.

Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku who made the promise while on a tour of the company’s rice mill at the weekend, also said the State Government will provide all the needed security for the safety of both the personnel and properties of the company to enable it Carry out it’s operation seamlessly.

On the issue of absence of power supply, which was vital to smoth running of its rice mill, the Governor said he was going to lease with the Federal Ministry of power to discuss moralities of connecting the farm to the national grid.

As indication of his administration’s commitment to the success of the project, Ishaku disclosed that the road would be completed before 2023, just as ordered the deployment of security to the farm, to be completed by the Taraba Marshal, the State’s owned security outfit.

Earlier a representative of the company, Augustine Monday, while receiving the governor to the company premises, expressed gratitude for the support and cooperation they enjoy from the State Government, saying that the enabling atmosphere being created for them, the company will not relent on its efforts in rolling out the first bag of processed rice by next year.

GASSOL INTEGRATED FARMS is a large scale machanised agricultural entity, sitting on a 30’000 hectar farm land dedicated to rice production and processing.

Although, it has only cultivated 700 hectars as at the time of the Governor’s visit, Monday however disclosed that they will achieve 5000 before the end of the year, while plans were on ground to complete the entire farm land in the next few years.

Address By The Secretary to the State Government of Taraba State, Mr. Anthony Jellason At The Inauguaration of Taraba State Resource Mobilization Technical Working Group on HIV/AIDS in Jalingo

Address By The Secretary to the State Government of Taraba State, Mr. Anthony Jellason At The Inauguaration of Taraba State Resource Mobilization Technical Working Group on HIV/AIDS in Jalingo

I am delighted to be in your midst this day to inaugurate the Resource Mobilization Technical Working Group for HIV funding from donors has dwindled over the years while the pandemic still remains a disease of public health concern with a high attendant treatment burden put at over 40,000 patients on treatment in the state.

Eliminating new infections in the state and ensuring access to quality anti-retroviral therapy (ART) by People Living with HIV (PLHIV) continues to ravage and is a key thrust of HIV interventions and achieving epidemic control in the state.

Our Governor, His Excellency, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku recently hosted the Director General, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) and the Charge D’ Affairs of the US Embassy in Nigeria, Kathleen FitzGibbon to address the o boarding process for the HIV programme in Taraba stat. This secures the U.S President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) support for the HIV treatment programme for the next two to three years in the state.

As at 2021, about 85,082 people were estimated to be living with HIV in the state and out of this figure, 40,762 people are on treatments as validated in August 2021. I was also told that this figure can be more after further tracking of patients who may have defaulted from treatment.

It is worth to note that during the tenure of this Administration, thanks to His Excellency on the efforts he made to support the HIV response in the state and this has contributer significant decline in HIV prevalence in the state from 10.5% in 2012 to 2.9% in 2018 (NAIIS 2018).

It is said that at least N95,411,141 million needs to be spent on HIV testing services to seek out 95% of around 45,000 People Living with HIV (PLHIV) not yet identified and who will eventually require treatment to achieve the first 95% of the 95:95:95 target by 2030.

Similarly, I am told that 40,762 have validated to be receiving ART will require at least N2Billion annually for treatment.

With this in mind, I believe this Resource Mobilization Technical Working Group has its work cut out for it, as its overall aim is to provide guidance and support the efforts at resourcing for the HIV response in the state.

This includes though not limited to identifying and implementing alternative financing initiatives for sustainable HIV response in the state.

The Resource Mobilization Technical Working Group (RMTWG) will provide coordination and technical guidance to Domestic Resoirce Mobilization (DRM) efforts for the HIV prevention and treatment in the state. It is also hoped that the RMTWG will provide the state with continuous update on Resource Mobilization activities for effective HIV implementation.

I believe that with this, the state will be better positioned to assume greater ownership of the HIV response including its financing and avoid shocks that may arise due to partial or complete pull out of donor interventions in three year’s time.

“It’s Good To Be Home”; Gov. Ishaku Remarks as he Return to Jalingo

“It’s Good To Be Home”; Gov. Ishaku Remarks as he Return to Jalingo

Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku has expressed joy over the support and love shown him by the people of the State.

The governor who took to his official Facebook page to rain appreciation on the people of the State said he was overwhelmed by the massive turn out and support from Tarabans upon his return.

“It is truly humbling and it has energized me to do more for our dear State.

“Irrespective of our political and religious differences, I call on all Tarabans, at all levels, to join hands with me as we continue to build the Taraba of our dreams.”

The Governor who expressed the hope that Taraba will be great under his watch called on all Tarabans irrespective of political and religious affiliations to join hands with him to move the State forward.

Our correspondent reports that a massive stream of supporters thronged the Danbaba Airport Jalingo to welcome the Governor back to the state.