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Gov. Ishaku Tasks Committee To Stop Pilfering Of HIV Drugs In Taraba

Gov. Ishaku Tasks Committee To Stop Pilfering Of HIV Drugs In Taraba

Dr. Innocent Vakkai Comm Min. of Health

Dr. Innocent Vakkai –  Hon. Commissioner for Health.

Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku has urged members of the state ART Programme Management Team (TAPMT) to work round the clock to halt cases of missing and
pilfering of drugs designed solely for persons living with HIV in the state.

The directive came from the governor through the state Commissioner of Health, Dr. Innocent Vakkai while inaugurating a twenty-three-man committee in Jalingo, the
state capital.

The committee is saddled with the responsibility of ensuring the reduction of the prevalence of HIV/AIDS from 2.9 to 0.1 percent in the state.

Ishaku who gave the directives through Vakkai, the committee chairman, said apart from ending the pilfering of HIV drugs, the committee will take the well-being of persons living with HIV seriously.

The committee has the responsibility of procuring, distributing and monitoring the movements of the drugs and efficiently distributing the commodity to health facilities spread across the state.

He directed that drugs should always be provided for both public and private facilities spread across the sixteen local government councils as well as the Special Development Areas.

While mandating them to always meet quarterly to get updates on achievements and challenges facing the project, he said the state government will always extend the desired olive branch to them to succeed in their assigned responsibilities.

Gov. Ishaku Warns Caretaker Chairmen To Focus On Their Task Rather Than Pursue Political Ambitions

Gov. Ishaku Warns Caretaker Chairmen To Focus On Their Task Rather Than Pursue Political Ambitions

Some CT Chairmen swearing to an Oath

Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku has warned that newly sworn-in Local Government Caretaker Committee chairmen will be held responsible for their actions, even as he advised grassroot politicians against exerting undue financial pressures on them.

The Governor made the call at the swearing-in ceremony of the 16 local councils caretaker committee chairmen held on the grounds of the Government House, Jalingo.

Warning them to desist from acts capable of frustrating their performance, he said “I won’t think twice to discipline any underperforming chairman who abuses this privilege for personal gain”.

He also warned them against using their positions to advance their political ambitions.

Some dignitaries at the ceremony.

He said he would not condone abandoning their task of ensuring people have access to good governance to chase political ambitions.

Governor Ishaku also urged them to participate in the administration’s overall grand design, which entails “good governance, provision of infrastructure, and the overall well-being of all residents of the state.”

Urging them to prioritize the maintenance of peace in their respective councils, he said doing such would enable the government at the state level to herald the muchdesired development to the grassroots.

The Governor, who did not also spare the public, warned them against putting undue pressure on the appointees by making demands that could prevent them from completing the crucial task of enhancing the populace’s quality of life.


Taraba Govt. to FG: Reconsider Decision On Refund To States Over Federal Roads

Taraba Govt. to FG: Reconsider Decision On Refund To States Over Federal Roads

Commissioner Works

Commissioner of Works, Hon. Irimiya Ibrahim Hamman Julde.

The Taraba state government has enjoined the Federal Government to reconsider its decision not to reimburse funds spent by state governments on the rehabilitation of federal roads across the country.

This is coming on the heels of the re-award of contract for thereconstruction of the Bali-Serti road, a federal road that had earlier been reconstructed by the Taraba state government.

The state Commissioner for Works, Mr Irimiya Hammanjulde, who spoke to newsmen at the weekend in Jalingo said the decision not to refund monies spent by state governments on federal roads was unfair and untenable, especially when such interventions were done in consultations with the federal government.

According to him, if such funds were repaid they would be deployed in completion of ongoing road projects as well as execute other important ones in the state.

He listed some of the roads that were either completed or still completed or still ongoing to include the Jalingo-Kona phase two road, the 115 klm Bali-Serti road, Takum Katsina-Ala road, the Takum-Chanchanji road and 82km Mararaba-Baisa-Abong road.

The Commissioner said the dualisation of 18 km NYSC-Kpantinapu road, the extension of Nukkai bridge as well as six pedestrian bridges and the Jalingo flyover, were other federal projects executed by the state.

He said that the government intended to construct more street roads within the Jalingo metropolis, but regretted that it could not, for now, owing to paucity of funds.

He faulted the re-award of a contract for the rehabilitation of Bali-Serti-Gembu road by the federal government.

Hammanjulde explained that the state government had already completed the rehabilitation of the 115 klm Bali Serti road, a segment of the project, which he said was being put to use already.

He however, commended the federal government for recently awarding the rehabilitation of the Serti Gembu road project through the CBN funding.

“As you all know, the Federal Government re-awarded the Bali-Serti-Gembu road project in which one segment of the road, that is Bali-Serti, had been rehabilitated by the state government. We have already completed the Bali-Serti part of the road which is already being put to use,”he said.

He added that the governor had appealed to the federal government to rather refund funds that had been used in the execution of federal roads in the state.

“With the refund, the state can use it to complete ongoing road projects and execute other life touching projects in the state,” he said.


Press Release: Taraba State Primary Health Care Development Agency Gets New ES

Press Release: Taraba State Primary Health Care Development Agency Gets New ES

Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku has approved the appointment of Dr. Tukura Nuhu Nyigwa as the Executive Secretary of the State Primary Health Care Development Agency.

Until his appointment, Dr. Tukura Nyigwa was the Personal physician to the Executive Governor ARC Darius Dickson Ishaku and the Director Medical Services in charge of the Government House Clinic Jalingo.

The appointment is with immediate effect.

Signed: Iliya Bekyu Akweh, Chief Press Secretary to the Executive Governor.

Taraba @31: “All Projects Started Will Be Completed” – Gov. Ishaku Assures Tarabans

Taraba @31: “All Projects Started Will Be Completed” – Gov. Ishaku Assures Tarabans

The Executive Governor of Taraba state, His excellency Arc. darius Dickson Ishaku FNIA, MNITP

Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku has reiterated his willingness to complete all projects started by his administration before the end of his tenure.

The Governor gave the assurance during his broadcast on the 27th August, 2022 in commemoration of the creation of Taraba state.

Governor Ishaku in the broadcast, admonished past leaders and highlighted some significant achievements of his administration in various sectors such as education, health, housing, works, poverty alleviation, stressing that his administration equally distributed government projects across the three geopolitical zones of the state.

“Given the remarkable transformation we have seen in the eventful thirty one years in terms of human and material growth index, where many visions and aspirations have been fulfilled and goals achieved, there is no doubt that the foundation of Taraba State on August 27, 1991 justify the aspirations of the citizens.”


“Therefore, I give glory and honor to Almighty God for having guided us thus far. I pay special tribute to the past leaders of our state, both living and dead.”


“Since the beginning of this administration, we have institutionalized transparency rewards from hard work and an unmatched development model that has allowed government projects to be distributed equally and have a direct impact on the overall socio-economic development of Taraba State.”


“Allow me to once more state that all projects started by my administration will be finished and put into service before the end of our tenure. These include, among other things, the DDI garden housing project in the city which I hope will also be a boost to the newly improved civil servants, as each one of them will be encouraged to take a form, complete and fill to own a house and the 5,000,000 litres Greater Jalingo water project I hope to complete before the end of this tenure.”

The Governor said that any form of development without an increase in quality of life will be meaningless, which was why his administration gave the development of human capital a high priority in full even as they are set to conduct the first transparent recruitment process in the civil service since the founding of the state.

On Poverty Alleviation, the Governor said that his administration began a skills training scheme through the poverty alleviation programs in conjunction with the Hope Afresh Foundation Taraba of the First lady, Barr. Anna Darius Ishaku which have trained many youths in practical trades, many of which are now self-employed.

On Education, Governor Ishaku said his administration allocated scarce resources to crucial areas like staff recruitment, training and the provision of infrastructure and educational material which resulted in excellent performance of students in senior secondary school external examinations, consistently placing Taraba state first in northern Nigeria as a result of these investments in education.

On Health, he said that his administration placed first rate medical facilities in every geopolitical zone, as well as the expansion of the Primary Health coverage to service the rural areas, stressing that virtually all the 168 wards have a Primary Health centre with the hiring of qualified medical personnel, provision of equipment and medical supplies.

The Governor said that his administration’s resolve in the health sector was further illustrated in the state’s readiness during the coronavirus outbreak and the relatively low incidences of coronavirus cases that were recorded.

He highlighted some accomplishments that have been replicated throughout the state in the construction of urban and rural roads to include the Mararraba-Baissa-Abong road, the Gada-Lacheke-Pantisawa road, Wukari-Tsokundi road and the multi-billion naira 18km Pantisawa to Jauro Yinu dual carriage way with a fly over at the roadblock, second Nukkai bridge and 6 pedestrian bridges across this road and urge Tarabans to avoid politics of resentment even as we get closer to the general elections at the beginning of the coming year.

Gov. Ishaku Swears In Three New Permanent Secretaries

Gov. Ishaku Swears In Three New Permanent Secretaries

Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku has sworn in three new Permanent Secretaries at the Government House Chambers, Jalingo.

The governor charged them to contribute their best in the growth of the administration and state.

The three new Permanent Scretaries are;


1. Dr. Ahmed Hamidu Kara – Home Affairs and Special Services (Sardauna LG)

2. Prince Iliya Bekyu Akweh – remains the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor (Kurmi LG)

3. Pharm. Yakubu Akawu – Ministry of Power (Donga LG)

Taraba Government Frowns at the Unprofessionalism Displayed by Media Outfits in Reportage

Taraba Government Frowns at the Unprofessionalism Displayed by Media Outfits in Reportage


The attention of the Taraba State Government has been drawned to a purported publication by Taraba Truth and Facts an online Newspaper dated July 12, 2022 and captioned”as terror reign in kuteb villages, Governor Ishaku, wife enjoy lives abroad.

This publication would have ordinarily been dismissed with the wave of the hand but for the fact that the Publishers survive on mischief, malicious, fabrication of falsehood and blackmail to thrive, it became very imperative to respond with a view to putting the records straight.

To start with, the caption of the so-called publication is a calculated plot by the writer who is acting a script of a perceived political opponent of the Governor to tarnish the good image of Arc Darius Dickson Ishaku, his family and the present administration under his watch.

This is simply because, the Reporter has failed beyond any reasonable imagination to educate the public on why the Governor traveled overseas but insisted on publishing what was given to him by his sponsors to redicule the administration of Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku who is officially in overseas for the good of the State.

For the avoidance of doubts, Journalism as a profession is not for the promotion of Crisis, blackmail and other destructive tendencies but a profession to mirror the Society and ensure positive development for the good of humanity.

However, Taraba Truth and Facts has not only fallen short of the aforementioned but has over the years trivialized issues and promoted sentiments along political lines in it’s reportage at the expense of the State to achieve cheap relevance and Patronage.

And on the attacks on communities in Takum local government by armed bandits, it should be on record that the victims of such attacks are not only the kutebs as a tribe contrary to the publication but all the tribes in the area are affected as a result of the renewed hostilities on the communities by the Fulani Militias.

Therefore, for the Newspaper to pin point the kuteb tribe as the only tribe affected by the attacks is unwholesome, unbalanced, bias and a promotion of disunity among the various ethnic groups in the area.

Similarly, the report that the Fulani Militias attacked the communities of Jenuwa Gida, Nyifiye and killed some persons is also untrue and misleading because attempts by the bandits to invade the communities in question were repelled by some youths in the area.

It is disheartening for Taraba Truth and Facts Newspaper to dwell largely on unverified information volunteered by some locals representing only the kuteb tribe as the basis for its publication on the hostilities against the Communities in Takum local government area without due consideration to other tribes that are also vulnerable and victims.

The State Government under the watch of Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku is committed to ensuring the security of lives and properties of citizens particularly the affected Communities in the local government area through the peace initiatives put in place to enable farmers harvest their farm produce and market same to improve their lots during this cropping season.

As a matter of fact, the present administration in the State has worked hard to achieve the relative peace being enjoyed in the State hence the need for the people irrespective of political inclinations to continue to cooperate and support Governor Ishaku to address the ever increasing wave of insecurity for development to thrive.

It is rather unfortunate for the publisher of Taraba Truth and Facts in the purported publication to deceitfully claim to love the people of Takum local government area more than the Governor who hails from there and who’s love for his people cannot be equated to anyone else.

To this end, the State Government is advising media practitioners in the state to strive at operating within the armpit of the laws governing the practice of Journalism profession rather than joining the team of mischief makers, ungodly, wicked and enemies of the State with the sole intention of distabilizing the peace of the State through negative and callous reportage.

According to the Government, any form of blackmail, falsehood and malicious publication aimed at undermining the present adm will not be condoned and tolerated.

Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku is press friendly and has often demonstrated that and therefore does not intend to have a sour relationship with the press and warned Taraba Truth and Facts Newspaper which is now being seen as a tool used to promote the campaigns of some politicians for the scheduled 2023 general elections.

However, the Government is calling on the Nigeria Union of Journalists Taraba State Council and other regulatory bodies to apply necessary laws governing the practice of Journalism on the Taraba Truth and Facts Newspaper for contravening such laws to guide against the promotion of political wranglings, disaffection and disunity among the various ethnic groups in the state.

Although the publisher of the paper has over time deliberately abused the ethics by antagonizing, harassing and intimadating targeted Government officials and others in the private sector, for failure to do his bidding, it’s mandatory and very imperative for the NUJ to call him and his team in the promotion of destructive journalism to order as part of measures to avert continuous bastardizing of the practice of Journalism.

By and large, it wouldn’t be out of place point out that Media houses that operates unethically for selfish aggrandizement should not only be warned but should be proscribed for the attainment of sustainable growth and development and for the good of humanity.

Signed –
Iliya Bekyu Akweh,
Chief Press Secretary to the Executive Governor.

PRESS RELEASE: Gov. Ishaku Approves the Dissolution of Local Government Councils

PRESS RELEASE: Gov. Ishaku Approves the Dissolution of Local Government Councils

Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku has approved the dissolution of local government councils in the state.

The dissolution followed the expiration of the tenure of the councils on 3/7/2022.

Pursuant to this development, local government council’s chairmen have been directed to hand over the affairs of their respective councils to the Head of local government administration pending the return of the Executive Governor to the state.

Signed: Iliya Bekyu Akweh, Chief Press Secretary to the Executive Governor.

NDE Commences Training of 480 Taraba Youths

NDE Commences Training of 480 Taraba Youths

The National Directorate of Employment (NDE), has commenced a three month training programme for 480 unemployed youths in different skills in Taraba state, designed to tackle unemployment and end youths’ restiveness.

Mr Abubakar Fikpo the Director-General of the Directorate noted at the flagging-off ceremony in Jalingo that, the three months training was targeted at reducing the high rate ofunemployment and youth restiveness in Taraba state.

Represented by Mohammed Musa, the DG, expressed that the directorate found it necessary to engage the state’s unemployed youths in skills that would make them selfreliant, as the idea would also help in reducing the daily rise of insecurity in the state.

“The directorate’s decision to select 480 youth from different communities of Taraba for skills training today is to ensure the unemployment challenges among youth that mostly result to social vices is reduced.“We believe at the end of this three months training exercise, they will be employers of labour in their various skills both in Taraba and Nigeria at large.

We believe their skills after the training, would be capable of changing the lives and standard of other upcoming ones who may have chosen the part of criminality to earn a living.”

The DG justified.Mr Danjuma Shehu, the state coordinator of the programme while encouraging the beneficiaries to see the training as an open door for success in their lives and future development of their immediate communities, disclosed that the Directorate was poised to create job opprotunities for unemployed Nigerians to be self-reliance.

He challenged the beneficiaries to be ambassadors of labour by ensuring mass remover of unemployed youth from the streets after the training for a greater society.