Allegation of Bias Against Muslims in Taraba state in Appointments Unfair, Ridiculous and an attempt to Cause Social Upheaval
The allegation of bias against Muslims in Taraba State made by the Muslim Council in the state against the administration of Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku at a press conference on Friday, January 21, 2022, in Jalingo is false, ridiculous and a blatant attempt to cause religious and political tension in the state.
First of all, the Muslims Council of Taraba State took the wrong step in channelling their complaints of the so- called marginalisation of Muslims in appointments. The option of a press conference which the Council took to vent it’s complainants was clearly wrong, given the level of mutual respect and understanding enjoyed so far by the Council and His Excellency, Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku since the coming of the administration. It is, therefore, surprising that the Council would opt to embarrass the Governor by calling a press conference instead of seeking audience with him to discuss the issues.
Governor Ishaku finds this step taken by the Council not only unfair and inappropriate but a repudiation of the existing mutual understanding and cooperation between him and the Muslim Council in the state.
It is clear that the Council bowed to the temptation and the desperation to win public sympathy for an obviously unfounded allegation by going to the press rather than seek audience with His Excellency to discuss the issues.
Government wishes to state categorically that the allegation of marginalisation of Muslims in Taraba State is false, unfounded and an attempt to distract the administration and cause religious and political tention in the state, especially now that the process for the nomination of candidates for election into political offices are about to start.
The Ishaku administration totally rejects this unpatriotic attempt and insists that it, at no time, exhibited bias against any group in the state, whether religious or ethnic, in appointments and in the provision of amenities. Rather, it followed very strictly, constitutional provisions and all the other existing statutory guidelines in appointments to key positions in government.
The administration has been fair in the application of these rules and ensured that sentiments played no role.
The government hereby assures all groups and the entire people of Taraba State that it remains committed to equity, justice and fairness in appointments and in the provision of amenities to the people. It also assures the people that its doors remain open to those with genuine complaints against decisions and actions of government to come forward and table them rather than resorting to blackmail to win public support and sympathy.
BALA DAN ABU
Special Adviser to the Governor (Media and Publicity)
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.
Armed Forces Remembrance Day: Taraba State Government Reiterates Support to Servicemen and Families of Fallen Heroes
The Taraba state government has reiterated its commitment to continue to support Nigerians Armed Forces in the state in spite of dwindling financial resources.
The Deputy Governor, Engr. Haruna Manu who spoke on behalf of the Governor, Arc Darius Ishaku during this year’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day which took at the Trade Fair Complex in Jalingo said the state government have been in support of the Armed Forces in the business of security and allied activities bordering on wellbeing of the state, hence improving state of safety of lives and property in the state.
He said it was against the backdrop of support to the Armed Forces in the state that necessitated the idea of donating operational vehicles to the army for swift operation.
Manu, however, said remembering the fallen as well as living heroes is not enough but the plights of the families they left behind should also be a matter of concern, adding that the administration’s policy to continue to provide essential support to the ex-servicemen within the limited resources within its disposal.
He reiterated that the ex-servicemen have continued to play a critical part in the nation’s security architecture at all levels of the society, adding that those who are in the administration are doing much to help address security situations in the state.
He also said the nation is at crossroads due to plethora of security challenges ranging for insurgency, banditry, kidnapping and communal feuds, therefore, urging the soldiers not to be tired their fatherland as their expertise was more needed now than ever.
Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku has relieved Usman Sa’adu, a Senior Special Assistant, of his appointment.
Governor Ishaku gave the approval for the sack of the political appointee today, Wednesday January 5, and it is with immediate effect.
BALA DAN ABU
Special Adviser to the Governor
(Media and Publicity)
RE: TRANSITION (PANKYA) OF HIS MAJESTY, DR SHEKARAU ANGYU MASA-IBI TO NANDO (THE AKU-UKA BURIAL GROUND)
The attention of His Excellency, Arc Darius Dickson Ishaku, Executive Governor of Taraba State, has been drawn to a letter purportedly written and signed by Bala Useni, Secretary, Wukari Traditional Council, on behalf of the Central Planning Committee soliciting for donations to fund the burial of the late leader of the Kwararafa Kingdom, His Majesty DR. SHEKARAU ANGYU MASA-IBI.
His Excellency, Governor Ishaku finds this step purportedly taken by the Planning Committee not only distasteful but highly embarrassing to the entire Kwararafa Race.
The Kwararafa people do not need to publicly solicit for funds to bury their traditional leader, a man who occupied one of Nigeria’s foremost traditional stools for about forty-five years and provided the most dedicated and patriotic service for which the nation remains eternally grateful to him.
Governor Ishaku has, therefore, assured that the Late Aku Uka could and would be honoured with one of the most outstanding rights of passage at the appropriate time with the state government playing a leading role. He, therefore, directed those behind the so-called letter soliciting for donations for this burial programmes to withdraw it immediately and to stop any further step that could further embarrass the state government and the entire Kwararafa people.
BALA DAN ABU
Special Adviser to the Governor.
(Media and Publicity)
The governor who spoke at a reception organized in honor of the Minister held at Patience Event Center, Jalingo, expressed happiness over the appointment of the new Minister.
Represented by the State Commissioner for Works and Transport, Hon. Ibrahim Hammanjulde, Ishaku urged the people of the State irrespective of political affiliations to support the Minister to succeed.
Earlier, Taraba State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Barr. Ibrahim El-Suldi, thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for the appointment of Sambo from Taraba State as the Minister of State.
El-Suldi assured the President that Mu’azu, who is a first-class Engineer, will perform well as the Minister of State for Works and Housing even as he called on the people of the State to support and pray for the Minister to succeed in his assignment in the service of Nigeria.
Responding, Mu’azu thanked the people of Taraba for the reception and pledged to represent the State well in his assignment as the Minister of the Federal Republic.
According to him, Buhari has remained the only President in Nigeria’s history that has invested heavily in infrastructure development.
NEW YEAR MESSAGE OF HIS EXCELLENCY, THE EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR OF TARABA STATE, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku.
Happy and prosperous new year, fellow good people of Taraba State.
First of all, I wish to congratulate every Taraban on the occasion of the new year, 2022, and to offer my heartfelt gratitude to God Almighty for his kindness and mercy, as well as the excellent and amazing things he has done in our lives in the previous year.
Taraba State has had a very interesting year in 2021, and the good Lord has been able to see us through despite the ups and downs along the way.
Today, our new year’s resolutions should be to make a solemn pledge to be decent citizens by providing our fair share, no matter how small, to make our beloved state a better place for everybody.
We can only accomplish this if we follow the law and inculcate the spirit of love, togetherness, and being our brother’s keeper. Our watchword should be security awareness.
Late last year, I had the opportunity of donating Toyota Hilux vans to security organizations in order for them to properly carry out surveillance of the state.
Everyone has a civic duty to cooperate and provide pertinent information to law enforcement officials.
The security forces in the state have made substantial contributions to the reduction of armed banditry, herdsmen/farmers clashes, tribal feuds, and kidnapping and therefore need our cooperation.
In the run-up to the 2023 general election, political activity will pick significantly in 2022. All political parties would hold primaries to select candidates for various political offices. As a result, I implore individuals who intend to run for office to exercise restraint.
Let us play the game by the rules so that the will of the people is respected and protected at the end of the day.
I would also like to appeal to religious leaders, traditional rulers, parents, and guardians to keep a tight grip on the youths so that they do not become agents of instability in the hands of misguided individuals seeking power at any cost. Because our common humanity transcends our ethnic, religious, and political ties, we must protect the sanctity of all lives.
Permit me to take this opportunity to urge the Presidency and the National Assembly to work together to create an electoral act that will make elections transparent and acceptable to Nigerians and the international community.
Finally, I wish to reassure Tarabans of the Rescue Mission’s resolve to continue providing democratic dividends and completing all existing projects before the conclusion of our tenure next year.
God bless Taraba State.
The attention of His Excellency, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku, Executive Governor of Taraba State, has been drawn to an unsigned statement currently circulating on various social media platforms which he was purported to have made.
He was portrayed in the statement to be lamenting on the security situation in Taraba State in apparent helplessness and accusing the Federal Government of neglecting the people of the state.
The Governor of Taraba State, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku is not the author of the said statement and never authorised anybody to issue such a statement on his behalf.
The statement is the handiwork of agents of mischief bent on portraying the Governor in bad light and bringing him into unnecessary conflict and confrontation with the Federal Government and the nation’s security agencies on the issue of security.
Governor Ishaku is impressed with the efforts of the security agencies so far to secure lives and properties in Taraba State and has encouraged them with logistical supports several times, the most recent being the distribution of brand new Hilux vehicles to all arms of the security agencies in the state on Monday, December 20, 2021.
Less than a week ago, Governor Ishaku met with His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari in the Villa and both discussed issues bordering on security in Taraba State.
It is, therefore, unexpected that Governor Ishaku will take to the media with a statement of this nature to condemn the federal government on the same issue soon after.
This attempt by anarchists and agents of distabilization has again failed.
Governor Ishaku wishes to commend security agencies in Taraba State for the peace currently being enjoyed in the state and enjoins them not to relent until the state is completely rid of all forms of insurgency, kidnapping and robbery.
He has also urged the good people of Taraba and Nigerians in general to ignore and discard the said statement as an act of mischief by enemies of peace and progress in the state.
BALA DAN ABU
Special Adviser to the Governor
(Media and Publicity)
Gov. Ishaku Swears in New Permanent Secretaries; Distributes Brand New Hilux Vans to Security Agencies, MDAs
The Governor on the same occasion distributed Hilux Vans to Security agencies and MDAs in the state, disclosing that the vehicles are to ease their movement and to enable them to deliver on their services to the state.
He however warned that on no account should these vehicles be used for other purposes than office assignment as that will not be tolerated by anyone who is found doing such.
The Permanent Secretaries and their ministries are as follows:-
Mr. John Audu – Rural Development
Mr. Godfrey Dame – Water resources
Mr. Yusuf Usman – Agricultural and Natural Resources
Mr. Ibrahim Mohammed – Political/General Services
Engr. Bryson Ben – Special Duties
Mr. Benjamin Chiji – Manpower Development
Mr. Fabuin Mamwi – Social development
Mr. Musa Kinda – Science and Technology
Elder. Yaboro Ibrahim – Government House Administration
Mr. Theophilus Andea