The Speaker, Taraba state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Abel Peter Diah whole heartedly commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the order he gave to security men to end the violence that happened in some parts of the state’s capital some few days ago.
Speaker, TSHA Rt. Hon. Abel Peter Diah
The Speaker made this remarks today (21st June 2019) at the Hallowed Chambers of the state’s House of Asembly Complex during the public hearing of a bill for a law to amend the prohibition of the act of kidnapping and abduction.
He said that the President’s intervention was very decisive and yielded immediate result and thanked God that peace has gradually returned to the affected areas.
He also commended the Executive Governor of Taraba State, His Excellency, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku for his very quick response in quelling the Fulani herdsmen/Kona crises and applauded the security apparatus for their swift action in bringing the ugly incidence under control.
He said that there can be no alternative for peaceful co-existence and a crime free society, if meaningful positive development must take place in our state and calls on all Tarabans to pursue peace by all means to allow the government of Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku provide the needed dividends of democracy and good governance for our dear state.
Abel Diah revealed that in pursuance of a crime free society in the state with particular interest in arresting the menace of kidnapping and abduction of persons which recently has become a common phenomenon in the state, the Taraba state House of Assembly seeks to amend “the Taraba state Kidnap and Abduction (Prohibition) law, 2010 (law No. 6)” to profer stiffer punishment for offenders.
He said that the amendment is intended to cover section 4, section 7 and section 12 respectively.
In the sought amendment, offenders would now suffer death sentence instead of 20 years imprisonment, collaborators with offenders would now suffer life imprisonment instead of 14 years imprisonment, while persons that conceal information about kidnappers and abductors will now suffer 20 years imprisonment without no option of fine.
The Speaker said the public hearing is meant to offer the general public, NGOs, legal experts, interest groups etc. the opportunity to enrich the amendment by their inputs, to enable the state address this wicked act ravaging our society and urged traditional rulers to know that they have a great responsibility in curtailing armed banditry, kidnapping and abduction by exposing these heinous crime operators in their domain stressing that government will not take it lightly if any traditional ruler is found concealing these criminals in his domain.
“This Honourable House remains committed to making laws for the good people of Taraba state and is determined to support His Excellency, Arc. Darius Dickon Ishaku at all-time in achieving peaceful coexistence in the state through quality legislation and law making”.
The Speaker thanked all present and wished all a successful participation in the public hearing.
The Speaker, Taraba State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Abel Peter Diah pleads for peace, unity, tolerance and embracement of one another so as to abolish communal and tribal crisis within the local government and state at large.
The Speaker, Taraba State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Abel Peter Diah
The Speaker made the statement during plenary.
Abel Peter Diah categorically stated that continues crisis and killings amongst the Fulani and Kona tribes will only bring underdevelopment and enmity in the society. He added that their is no need to fight among the two tribes.
He said that there is a strong and urgent need for our stakeholders and beyond to speak, preach peace and to call on their wards to tolerate and embrace each other for normalcy to be fully restore and added that the people that are affected by the crisis in one way or the other should not take anything personal, promising that the appropriate body will look into it all and do the needful.
For those who departed this world, the Speaker prayed for their souls to have eternal rest.
He commended the efforts the state government have so far put in place while also calling on more intensified efforts so as to bring the situation under control.
Speaker of the Taraba State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Abel Peter Diah, had last Saturday rolled out the drums to celebrate his new position as the Deputy Chairman, Nigeria Speakers’ forum at his residence in Jalingo.
Rt. Hon. Abel Peter Dial, Speaker Taraba state House of Assembly
The celebration brought together people from all parts of Sardauna LGA, where he hails from, members of the Taraba State House of Assembly as well as prominent politicians and prominent sons and daughters of the State.
It could be recalled that Rt Hon. Diah was elected Deputy Chairman Nigeria Speakers’ Conference earlier this month in Lagos. The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly emerged as Chairman while Abel Diah from Taraba emerged deputy.
Diah whose impact is felt in the political history of the State is a leader that has created so much difference in the State House of Assembly and today remains the longest serving member in the Taraba State House of Assembly. Apart from that, he is known for his magnanimity, humanitarian gestures and a thoroughbred politician.
Speaking at the ceremony, the celebrant, Rt. Hon. Abel Peter Diah, said he returned praise to God almighty for every step he has climbed because God has been faithful and promised to keep doing his best to allow God perfect and direct his ways.
He thanked his colleagues saying that they had seen in him what many did not see and thereby elected him as a servant who will always be their messenger. Diah said his nomination was approved by the entire 36 States Assembly Speakers of Nigeria.
Diah also said something very amazing happened to him while in Lagos before the election. According to him, he couldn’t have been elected to the position considering the APC majority in the North but that he was chosen based on his experience and service to his father land.
Diah further said that Governor Ishaku came for the people of Mambilla because he came and fulfilled what they yearned by rewriting the wrongs of the past and giving them six chiefdoms
He urged those planning to contest for elective offices to allow the people speak and letting God to endorse. Diah also said he was in his house when Sardauna LG councilors presented to him money for his nomination form against 2019 urging him to do their bidding and not his bidding.
He ended by saying at age 26, he was already a council chairman hence, what more could he ask for than service to humanity. He therefore promised to work for the people and uphold the name of Taraba any day, anytime, anywhere .
In his words, the Deputy Speaker of the Taraba State House of Assembly, Hon Mohammed Gwampo, said Abel Diah, his boss, was a distinct leader who allowed people work freely in office and only redirects wrongs for right. He disclosed that the Mambilla people were lucky to have such a quality material as a leader and prayed that he keeps the good work going.
Barr GT Kataps, the Ngwi of Mambilla and former SSG of Taraba State said he was a happy man for God has his ways of doing things. According to him, in 1996 when he contested for Chairmanship of Sardauna LGA, Abel Peter Diah was already a Chairman. Kataps said Diah was “elected first time as Member, re-elected, re-elected, re-elected and re-elected again”.
He described Rt Hon Abel Diah as one who had outgrown Mbamnga constituency because his projects knew no bounds and cuts across the entire Sardauna LG and that God elevates whoever is patient and has the people at heart.
Kataps challenged everyone contesting for public offices to be like a plant planted by the river side who bears fruits in due season. GT also disclosed that for over 54 years, they had looked for the chiefdoms that were created of recent by Governor Darius Ishaku but to no avail until the coming of Darius and the house had no problems in passing the bill of liberation. He prayed that more elevation would come his way.
Dr. Alfred Yahya Kobiba who is the Special Adviser on SDG to the Taraba State Governor said Abel Diah had demonstrated that age is not the only index of wisdom, saying his ways and acts have shown that even older people can learn from him.
The Speaker, Taraba State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Abel Peter Diah has said, lack of inclusiveness of locals in policy formulation over the years was responsible for some policy failures in the Country.
Diah made the observation yesterday in his office in Jalingo when he received members of the Senior Executive Course 39 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, (NIPSS) Kuru, Jos who are on a study tour of the State.
He noted that for a long time, policies in the Country were being formulated in Abuja without the involvement of the local Communities who are expected to key in, leading to policy failures in the Country, and advocated for a bottom top approach in policy formulation.
The Speaker told the delegation that Taraba has the potential to produce food for the entire nation, but lack of support from the Federal Government has hindered it from maximising the agricultural potential.
“I want to appeal to the Federal Government to consider Taraba for fertilisers and other farm inputs at the beginning of every cropping season to enable us feed the nation.
“As you tour the State, you will see the potential yourselves. Taraba has tea that can meet the nation’s demand, but lack of tea policy has hindered our success in this regard. So, we need a tea policy that can protect our local tea which is adjudged as one of the best in the world,” he said.
The Lawmaker who commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his genuine commitment in ensuring the commencement of work on the Mambila Hydro Power project, however, called on the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola to personally visit the site for an on the spot assessment to enable him appreciate the task ahead of him in kick starting work at the site.
While pledging the support of the State Assembly in ensuring that the Agricultural policy of the Federal Government succeeds, the speaker decried the continuous herdsmen/farmers clashes in the country, lamenting that some people were hiding under the cover of Fulani herdsmen to cause trouble and displace others from their land.
Diah called for caution on the part of the elites and the political class and urged them to refrain from making inflammatory statements and tagging some people as black sheep.
“As you make recommendations to the Federal Government, I implore you to advise them on the need for ranching and proper enlightenment of the people accordingly for the policy to succeed,” he said.
Earlier, Leader of delegation, Amb. Adamu Abbas informed the speaker that NIPSS is a Policy Research Institute that undertakes research on behalf of the Federal Government, adding that they have the mandate of Mr. President to undertake research on key policy issues.
“The Government of President Buhari is committed to revamping agriculture and that is why we are undertaking research on the role of Science and Technology Innovation in the development of agriculture in the Country”.
Amb. Abass noted that Taraba has the potential for agricultural production and that they were in the State to see how the potential of the State can be maximised to boost food production in the Country.
He thanked Governor Darius Ishaku for his deliberate efforts in promoting agriculture, describing the Taraba Agro Green House as a model and very strategic in checking vegetables importation into the country.
By, Nick Dugba
The Taraba state House of Assembly has confirmed the appointment of Mrs. Regular Samuel as Commissioner in the Taraba state House of Assembly Service Commission, (HASC).
This is a sequel to a letter sent to it by the Executive Governor, Taraba state, Arc. Darius Ishaku, seeking the approval of the House for the appointment of the nominee into the Commission.
In a plenary session held Tuesday, and presided over by Speaker of the House, Abel Peter Diah, considered the nominee for screening and afterward approved the appointment of the nominee.
The Member, representing Nguroje constituency, Bashir Mohammed, in his contribution, extolled the wealth of experience of the candidate and asked the House to ask her to take a bow, which was agreed.
The House then unanimously gave its consent while the Speaker asked the Clerk of the House to communicate to the Governor on the new development.
Mrs. Regular Samuel was born in 1970. She hails from the Kambu tribe in Sardauna LGA of Taraba state. She is BSC degree holder in Agric. Economics from the University of Maiduguri, and an MSC holder in Agric Economics from the Modibbo Adama University of Technology, (MAUTECH) Yola. Before her appointment, she was a Lecturer with the Taraba state College of Education Zing.