Ishaku Calls For Immediate Cessation Of Hostilities In Taraba

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A file photo of Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku.



Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, has called for the immediate cessation of hostilities and bloodshed by warring groups in the state.

He promised that his administration would continue to give priority to the local government administration in view of its proximity and ability to engender development to the masses.

The governor made the remarks at the swearing-in ceremony of the 16 newly elected local government chairmen which held on Thursday in Takum LGA of the state.

“Government is more than ever before unwavering in finding amicable and acceptable resolution of all the grievances.

“Whatever demands that can never be achieved on the table of negotiations can never be gotten through swords,” he said.

He added, “It is in line with my desire to make local government councils more effective that I sent an executive bill to the State House of Assembly for the extension of their two years tenure to three years.

“My move is to enable the council chairmen to settle down properly in order to maximise the human and natural resources of their areas for the benefit of the people,” he said.

Governor Ishaku also appealed to residents in the rural areas not to overburden the chairmen.

According to him, the practice in which people come to make demands from chairmen on their personal or social needs should be discouraged as it has forced some council chairmen to abandon their local government areas and relocate to Jalingo.

While congratulating the newly elected chairmen, the governor urged them to live above board and be generous in victory.

He said, “You are not elected to be lords or mayor in your various domain, rather you are expected to serve those who freely elected you into office diligently and to the best of your ability.”

The governor informed the chairmen that they would be given targets for better performances and warned them of complacency in the discharge of their duties.

He stressed that his administration would not condone a situation where elected chairmen run away from their statutory responsibilities and stay outside their areas of jurisdiction.

Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, Ibi LGA Chairman, Bala Bako, gave an assurance that the next three years of their reign would be on the consolidation of their achievements.

Taraba LG Polls: Ishaku To Inaugurate Newly Elected Chairman Thursday

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A file photo of Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku.


Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State will on Thursday inaugurate the newly elected Local Government Council Chairmen.

This was confirmed in a statement issued on Wednesday by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Hassan Mijinyawa.

Mijinyawa noted that the ceremony will be performed at the Government Lodge in Takum area of the state at 12 noon.

He, however, warned that planned participants to “adhere to Corvid-19 protocols such as physical distancing and wearing of face masks.”

Governor Ishaku’s spokesman explained that the “Protocol Department of Government House has been mandated to ensure observance of these protocols by those who will be attending the ceremony.”

This comes shortly after the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won all the 16 chairmanship and 168 councillorship positions in the council’s polls.

Taraba Govt Declares Three-Day Holiday For LG Polls

A file photo of Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ChannelsTV
A file photo of Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ChannelsTV.



The Taraba State government has declared Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday as public holidays for the forthcoming local government elections in the state.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Hassan Mijinyawa, announced this in a statement on Monday.

He explained that the state governor, Darius Ishaku, gave the approval to enable civil servants in the state to travel to their respective wards and vote during the polls.

Governor Ishaku also urged people of the state to be orderly, law-abiding, and conduct themselves peacefully while discharging their civic responsibilities.

COVID-19: Taraba Eases Lockdown Over Council Polls

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A file photo of Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku.


Taraba State Government has eased the COVID-19 lockdown over the forthcoming council polls.

This was confirmed on Sunday in a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Hassan Mijinyawa.

According to Mijinyawa, the State Governor, Darius Ishaku approved with immediate effect the addition of Monday to the number of days allowed for free human and vehicular movements within the state under the state governments current COVID-19 lockdown policy.

He explained that the move is to allow political parties in the State to conduct their party primaries for the forthcoming Local Government Council elections in line with the provisions State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC).

The state government also allowed movements throughout the week to enable people travelling long distances before and after the elections to get to their destinations without hindrance.

However, the “ban on inter-state travels is still in force and security agencies are under strict instruction to arrest and prosecute violators. The only exemptions are workers on essential duties.”

Meanwhile, Governor Ishaku has commended the people for displaying the level of compliance by the people so far with measures taken by government to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

The governor also cautioned them to remain vigilant despite the state not recording any active case of the infection.

He asked the people to “continue to play their own role by observing all the now familiar protocols of prevention of the virus which include social distancing, wearing of face masks, washing of hands regularly, use of hand sanitizers and staying away from large crowds of people.”

Taraba Discharges All 17 COVID-19 Patients

A photo showing two beds at the isolation centre in Taraba State.



All 17 active cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) receiving treatment in Taraba have been discharged by the state government after they tested negative twice.

Governor Darius Ishaku confirmed this to reporters on Saturday when he inspected a 100-bed space capacity isolation centre at the NYSC orientation camp in Sibre in Ardo-Kola Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

He added that the government was expecting the results of the second test of 87 Almajirai repatriated from Nasarawa State, and would discharge them if they test negative for the disease.

The governor, however, said he cannot give accurate statistics of infected persons in Taraba because of the unavailability of test kits for random sample testing.

He revealed that so far, the state government has purchased four ventilators and would take delivery of two more for the sake of any emergency.

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Governor Ishaku insisted that his administration was open to partnerships that would curb the further spread of COVID-19 in Taraba.

“If we have the testing equipment, then we will be in a position to say with certainty the percentage of infections the state has.

“By now, I should be in a position to say five per cent, 10 per cent of Taraba residents or less are infected, but by the time you don’t know the percentage we are just doing guesswork,” he said.

The governor added, “We have a 100-bed space capacity isolation centre now; we may need even more than that. We are targeting 200.”

He stated that the government would maintain the lockdown directive imposed on the state to curb the spread of COVID-19.

On his part, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Innocent Vakkai, gave an insight into the number of persons tested so far in the state.

He revealed that over 200 samples have been tested out of which 17 returned positive.

Vakkai, who is also the Chairman of the COVID-19 Task Force Committee in Taraba, disclosed that all the positive cases were those who sneaked into the state through illegal routes.

He noted that the committee was working with law enforcement agencies to curtail the influx of people into Taraba and control the number of cases.

Ishaku Meets With Traditional Rulers Over Jukuns, Tivs Crisis

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A file photo of Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku.



The Taraba State Governor Darius Ishaku has condemned the crisis between the Jukuns and Tivs in the southern zone of the state.

He believes the dispute is unnecessary and unthinkable, especially in a period when the world is battling with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Governor Ishaku made the remarks at a meeting with traditional rulers in the region to resolve the lingering dispute on Thursday at the executive chamber of the Government House in Jalingo, the state capital.

Before the meeting went into closed-door, he insisted that the feud was unfortunate, considering the negative effects of the imminent rainy season on farming in the affected communities.

The governor, therefore, challenged the traditional rulers to find a lasting solution to the lingering crisis for the sake of peace.

He also briefed the royal fathers on his efforts in combatting COVID-19 in the state, saying the state government and security agencies were changing strategies to curtail illegal entry into Taraba.

Governor Ishaku revealed that the focus was on the international boundary with the Republic of Cameroon, as well as the local borders with Gombe, Bauchi, Plateau, Nasarawa, Benue, and Adamawa States.

He stressed that when the state government acquires mobile test kits, no one would be allowed into the state without undergoing the test.

The governor also decried the porous border of the state, it was very difficult for the security agencies to work effectively in some cases.

He pleaded with the traditional rulers to see the lockdown directive in Taraba as a benefit of all and sundry, urging them to withstand the inconveniences and educate their subjects.

Ishaku Decries Lack Of COVID-19 Testing Equipment In Taraba

A file photo of Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ChannelsTV
A file photo of Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ChannelsTV



Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, says the inability of the state to have its testing equipment has made it difficult to easily detect those infected with coronavirus (COVID-19).

According to him, the delay time between testing and confirmation is too long, especially as it concerns sending samples to faraway Abuja for confirmation.

Governor Ishaku made the remarks on Thursday when he received the management staff of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in the state and some corps members.

The members of the NYSC delegation were at the Government House in Jalingo to donate some Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) produced by corps members to help the government fight COVID-19 in Taraba.

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The governor disclosed that he had indicated his interest in mobile test equipment during a teleconference meeting of the Northern Governors.

He, however, stressed that his administration would do all it could to curb the further spread of the disease in Taraba.

Governor Ishaku assured the NYSC delegation of his readiness to deploy the PPE to residents of the state for proper use.

He stated that residents of the state must comply with the lockdown directive, adding that it would be relaxed when the state government has noticed a reduction in the number of infections.

Ramadan: Taraba Govt Distributes Food Items To Muslim Communities

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Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku (file)


Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku has ordered for the immediate distribution of food items to Muslim faithful across the state.

Governor Ishaku who inspected the various food items deposited at the warehouse of the State Transport Cooperation (TSTC ) on Thursday said the state government has concluded plans to commence the distribution of palliatives among the poorest of the poor next week.

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He explained that his administration decided on the palliatives in order to cushion the effects of the ongoing lockdown on the people.

Speaking through the Deputy Governor, Haruna Manu, Ishaku said the state government is not ignorant of the pain the Muslim community might be going through during this Ramadan fast.

He reiterated the determination of the government to give the much-needed support to them to complete the exercise.

The deputy governor noted that the food items include 4300 bags of millet and 3800 bags of sugar across the 16 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.

COVID-19: Taraba Commences Contact Tracing Of Index Cases

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Governor Darius Ishaku


Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, has reacted to the report of six index cases by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

In a live broadcast on Monday, the governor described the confirmation of the COVID-19 cases as shocking despite the efforts made by his administration to prevent the virus from spreading to the state.

Speaking at the Government House in Jalingo, the state capital, Ishaku said that the sample taken to the NCDC for testing are for those who have been intercepted by security agencies.

While noting that the people have been undergoing quarantine at the state NYSC camp, he insisted that the travellers who are numbering 130 are from Bauchi, Kano, Jigawa, Borno, Ogun and Lagos states intercepted at the borders of the state.

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The governor who said the identified persons have been isolated, assured residents of the state not to panic as government is on top of the situation through the two isolation centres in the state.

He explained that the state government has commenced contact tracing of the index cases with the deployment of additional resources and manpower.
The governor also stated that his administration is in the process of completing a 100 bed capacity isolation centre.

COVID-19 Is Today The Biggest Threat To Humanity – Ishaku

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Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku (file)


Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State on Sunday described COVID-19 pandemic as the biggest threat to humanity.

In a statement issued by his spokesman, Bala Abu, the governor said it is unfortunate that this year’s Easter coincided with the outbreak of coronavirus.

He noted with sadness how highly infectious disease is, stressing that it has not only claimed thousands of lives globally but has made gathering for religious worships involving large crowds of people inadvisable.

“Governor Ishaku said COVID-19 is today the biggest threat to humanity and in particular, the worship of God and called for a united and well-coordinated action by people the world over to get the pandemic defeated quickly,” the statement read in part.

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Ishaku, therefore, advised “Christians not to despair in the face of the threat posed by the pandemic but rather take advantage of its coincidence with Easter to renew their relationship with God by becoming more prayerful and dedicated.

Stressing further, the governor who acknowledged that the is lucky not to have recorded any case of COVID-19 infection so far attributed it to God’s divine protection.

He also commended the people of the state for their cooperation by observing the necessary health rules promoted through his administration’s sensitization drive.

While regretting the hardships caused by the lockdown impose by the state government to prevent the spread of the virus, he noted that it was the best thing to do to protect lives.

The governor urged Christians in the state not to be discouraged at Easter, asking them to pray for God’s continued protection against coronavirus infection.

Ishaku Has Not Committed Any Impeachable Offence – Taraba Govt

A file photo of Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku. Photo: ChannelsTV/ Sodiq Adelakun.



The Taraba State government has faulted the call to impeach Governor Darius Ishaku over his absence from the state.

The government said this in a statement on Thursday by the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Media and Publicity, Bala Dan-Abu.

This was in reaction to the claims by some leaders of the All Progressives Congress ( APC) in the state that the governor has committed offences which consequence was to impeach him.

They were said to have condemned his absence in the state, adding that he was incapable to continue as the governor of the state.

But Dan-Abu defended Governor Ishaku, stressing that his stay in Abuja was to seek medical attention due to a domestic injury he sustained.

He cautioned the leadership of the APC in the state against what he described as the campaign of hate and acrimony over the governor’s absence from the state.

The governor’s media aide insisted that his principal has not committed any impeachable offence as alleged by the APC leaders.

According to him, Governor Ishaku is not on vacation or incapacitated to carry out his duties, which are the only bases for him to transmit power to his deputy as enshrined in the Constitution.

Dan-Abu stressed that the absence of the governor from the state has not affected governance, as development projects and all government machinery have progressed.

He, therefore, called on the APC in Taraba to sheath their swords and work towards the development of the state.

Taraba Prioritises Works Ministry In N213.632bn 2020 Budget

Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku presents the state’s 2020 budget proposal at the State House of Assembly in Jalingo on December 19, 2019.



The Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, has presented the 2020 Appropriation Bill to members of the State House of Assembly.

Tagged ‘Budget of Accelerated Growth and Development’, the bill places a high premium on human and social development and guided by some micro-economic variables.

Addressing members of the Assembly on Thursday in Jalingo, Governor Ishaku said the 2020 budget estimated at N213.632.706.810 has an increase of N67.558.349.928, representing 31.63 per cent more than the 2019 budget of N146.73 billion.

He added that the budget performance of 2019 stood at 50.65 per cent with N146,73 billion.

For the 2020 estimated bill in the state, the works, housing and transport sectors got the highest allocation of N77.3billion, with a ratio of 36.06 per cent while the solid minerals sector gulped the lowest allocation of N200 million at 0.09 per cent.

Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, shakes hands with Speaker of the State House of Assembly in Jalingo on December 19, 2019.



The recurrent expenditure estimate stands at N71.569 billion naira, representing 33.5 per cent while capital expenditure estimate stands at N142.62 billion with a percentage of 66.5.

Sectoral allocations, according to the budget, reveals that the agricultural sector gets N18 billion which is 4.01 per cent, while Commerce and Industry sector gulps N1 billion representing 0.45 per cent.

Others are Finance and poverty alleviation – N3 billion, information – N1 billion, education – N11 billion, health – N14 billion, social development – N1 billion, environment and forestry – N935 million.

Governor Ishaku said his administration has resolved to grow infrastructural development and take it to another height.

He also informed the lawmakers that his administration would place a high premium on human capital development for youths of the state, hence the high allocation to the educational and health sector.


In his remarks, the Speaker of the House, Joseph Kunini, assured the governor of the “willingness and readiness “of the lawmakers to give the budget an accelerated process with a view to passing it in a good time for its implementation.

He noted that the budget has taken into cognisance what the House members “intend to do for their constituencies.”

Briefing the press shortly after the budget presentation, the Speaker cleared the air on why the minimum wage was not captured in the budget for 2020 and why the agricultural sector was also given a better share in order to diversify the economy.