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.

Ishaku Asks Corps Members To Maximise Acquired Skills

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Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku (file)

 

 

Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, has implored corps members serving in the state to utilise the entrepreneurial skills acquired during their three weeks orientation course to grow the state’s economy.

Ishaku who was the special guest of honour at the closing ceremony of the Batch C stream 2 orientation course of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) on Thursday advised them to be employers of labour.

He urged them not to underutilise the entrepreneurial skills acquired during their three weeks orientation course to grow the state’s economy.

Represented by the state’s Head of Service, Suzy Nathan, the governor also assured the corps members of their safety and welfare.

He asked them to go about their lawful duties without fear and be good ambassadors of the NYSC.

In her address, the State NYSC coordinator, Florence Yaakugh, disclosed that out of the 1,100 corps members posted to the state for the Batch C, stream 2 orientation course, only 941 arrived and were duly registered.

On the entrepreneurial skills acquired, Yaakugh advised the corps members to explore the necessary resources in their area of expertise for the economic development of the state.

Some of the corps members interviewed by Channels Television expressed divergent views on what the state’s economy holds for them.

Ishaku’s Wife Leads Protest Against Gender-Based Violence In Taraba

 

Wife of the Taraba State Governor, Mrs Anna Ishaku, has led scores of women in the state on a protest against the abuse of their rights which they said have impaired their participation in politics and decision-making.

The protest which was taken to the Legislative, Judicial and Executive Arms of Government in the state seeks laws that will protect victims of abuse and hold offenders accountable.

The women in their number dressed in orange took to the streets of Jalingo, the state capital on Thursday and presented their petitions to the leaders of each arm of government, as part of the 16 days activism against gender-based violence.

According to the United Nations’ statistics on women, 28 per cent of women in Nigeria between ages 25 to 29 have experienced some form of physical violence since the age of 15.

 

This has in no small measure brought about discrimination and the women have demanded an end to the recurring phenomenon of violence against the girl child and other gender-based violence as they want perpetrators to be named and shamed.

Their protests led them to the Taraba State House of Assembly as their first port of call, where they were received by the Speaker and tendered their petition.

They asked the Assembly to sign the bill before it, seeking the domestication of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law in Taraba.

The protesters also urged the Assembly to ensure the speedy passage of the bill, in order to protect women and girls against abuse.

 

Represented by the Provost college of Agriculture, Dr Elizabeth Wachap, they also demanded stringent punishment to perpetrators, just as they want abuse of women treated as a criminal offence and not given a liberal interpretation.

Responding to their demands, Speaker of the Assembly, Joseph Kunini, explained that the Administration of Criminal and Justice Law was already undergoing a review.

“Violence against women is evil and gross violation of human rights, which stands to be condemned,” Kunini said.

He added, “Taraba State House of Assembly is women-friendly and has resolved to uphold the fundamental rights of women.”

 

The Speaker also applauded the wife of the governor for leading the campaign for the inclusion of women in the scheme of things and protection of their fundamental human rights.

At the secretariat of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in Jalingo, the state’s Chief Judge Filibus Andetur promised to dispense justice speedily and do the needful to protect the rights of women as citizens who deserve equity and transparency.

The protesting women were also received at the State Government House by the Secretary to the State Government, Anthony Jellason.

 

A co-leader of the protest, Dinatu Dodo, demanded the implementation of the bill if passed into law by the State House of Assembly and promised that the women would remain law-abiding.

Although they noted that Governor Darius Ishaku was not gender-biased in the discharge of his administrative responsibilities, the women called for more female appointment into his cabinet.

In his remarks, Jellason promised to deliver their petition to the governor, adding that the state government frowns at gender-based violence and would wage war against it in all ramifications.

Appeal Court Affirms Darius Ishaku As Taraba Governor

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A file photo of the Court of Appeal in Abuja

 

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has upheld the judgment of the Taraba state governorship election petition Tribunal, which affirmed Mr Darius Ishaku of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), as the duly elected Governor of the state.

A five-man panel of the court led by Justice Chidi Uwa held that the All Progressive Congress (APC) had no candidate in the March 9, 2019 governorship election in Taraba state, by virtue of the disqualification of Mr Abubakar Danladi, by a Federal High Court in Jalingo on the 6th of March 2019.

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The Taraba State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal had on the 20th of September 2019, delivered a judgment that Mr Danladi was not qualified to contest the 2019 election and that the appellants failed to prove their claims that the election was marred by irregularities and failure to comply with the electoral act. It dismissed the appeal for lacking merit.

Governor Ishaku Visits Power Minister Over Mambilla Project

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The Taraba State Governor Darius Ishaku on Monday visited the Minister of Power, Saleh Mamman, to discuss the abandoned Mambilla Power station in the state and how to complete the project which was anticipated in 2018.

Details of the meeting will be updated shortly. See Photos Below.

Ishaku Calls For Peace To Promote Tourism In Taraba

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Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku (file).

 

 

Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, has advocated for peaceful coexistence among the citizenry in the state to transform its tourism sector for better economic growth.

He made the appeal when he played host to sons and daughters of the Mambilla Plateau at the Taraba State University, Jalingo.

In a bid to fully revive the sector, the governor explained that his administration has been promoting tourism potentials of the state.

He, however, lamented that security challenges have remained the major bane to the growth of tourism in Taraba.

The Mambilla Plateau in the central zone of Taraba has been a tourism attraction centre and a source of revenue for the state government for years.

This is similar to others such as the Gashaka Gumti National Park, hydropower dams, Wunyo fishing festival, and the Ngel-yaki cultural festival.

The Mambilla Plateau located in Sardauna Local Government Area of the state and is 2,419 metres above the sea level.

It is blessed with lots of mineral resources, good climate, diverse and rich topography, tea farms and diverse cultures among others.

Regarding the potentials, the stated government believes Taraba is an underrated tourism hub is working to develop the sector.

Also at the event was the Speaker of Taraba State House of Assembly, Abel Peter, who is an indigene of the Mambilla Plateau.

He said a lot needed to be done to increase earnings from tourism in the state and urged the state government to declare a state of emergency in the sector.

Taraba Recorded Over 100 Kidnap Cases In 2019, Says Ishaku

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Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku (file).

 

 

Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, says over 100 cases of kidnapping have been recorded in the state from January to September 2019.

He added that cash ranging from N500,000 to N5 million naira has been collected from victims as ransom within the period.

The governor made the disclosure on Thursday while speaking as a special guest at a one-day training for inter-agency personnel to form a joint operation team ahead of the commencement of operation Ayem Akpatuma in Taraba.

The operation which is slated to take place between November 1 and December 23 is aimed at ending security challenges and fostering civil-military relationships in the state.

According to Governor Ishaku, the military is no doubt the most consistent sector of Nigeria’s security architecture.

He said, “Right from independence, the complex task of keeping Nigeria one and protecting the nation from internal and external aggressions, undoubtedly rests on the military.

”This makes the Nigerian military to remain an integral of the nation’s internal security structure, given the magnitude of current security threats in the country.”

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The governor opined that the foundation of the nation’s unity and democracy was threatened recently by different forms of conflicts ranging from sectarian to ethno-religious crisis and other forms of crimes such as kidnappings, cattle rustling, terrorism, and farmers-herders crisis among others.

He stressed that these conflicts have severe consequences on human and material resources of the nation.

 

A Crisis-Free State

Governor Ishaku noted the justification of military involvement in internal security, as provided in Section 217c of the 1999 Constitution as amended.

“I must add that the cooperation between security agencies is very important and necessary if we must achieve our aims.

“The case of Taraba State is so unique and diverse from other parts of the country because it is the only state not bedevilled by the North-East insurgency; it serves as a safe haven for fleeing victims,” he said.

The governor stated that another peculiarity of Taraba was the multi-ethnic and multi-religious colorations of the state, where over 80 ethnic groups exist with three major religions.

He added, “In fact, I always say that Taraba is a mini-Nigeria. These amazing revelations call for a sensitive government not to rest on its oars to combat any form of criminality or security challenges.”

Governor Ishaku, however, gave assurance that his administration was ready to support efforts of the military towards peacebuilding and a crisis-free state.

He described Exercise Ayem Akpatuma II as a welcome development and announced the donation of 26 motorcycles and two Toyota Hilux vans to complement the Federal Government’s effort.

For operation ‘Wild Stroke’, the governor said his administration would offer the military four Hilux vans.

“I believe that this gesture will spur the security operatives to rid the state of miscreants which has become increasingly alarming for some months now in the state.

“In as much as the proposed exercise is meant to root out criminals in our various communities, I appeal to the military to do their operations with human face, mindful of issues that have to do with the violation of human rights and be guided by the acceptable standard in civil-military relationships,” he said.

The governor also urged the military to fashion out effective mechanisms to foster efficient inter-agency cooperation during the exercise to avoid unwholesome situations that may mar the good intentions of the exercise.

Earlier, the Commanding Officer of 23 Brigade, Yola, Brigadier General Mohammed, explained that the training was to provide a unique forum where security agencies, particularly from the three divisions would meet to exchange ideas towards enhancement of inter-agency cooperation.

He added that the choice of the theme ‘Inter-Agency Cooperation Imperative For Efficient Joint Operation’ was hinged upon the vision of a professional responsible Nigerian Army with requisite capacity in the discharge of its conditional role.

Ishaku, Ortom, Others To Meet Over Tiv-Jukun Crisis

Darius Ishaku                                                                                                                            Samuel Ortom

 

 

The Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, has scheduled a meeting with critical stakeholders to address the lingering crisis between the Tiv and Jukun ethnic groups.

Governor Ishaku’s media aide, Bala Abu, announced this in a statement on Tuesday.

According to Abu, the meeting which is expected to hold on Wednesday in Abuja will also have in attendance, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State.

He added that many other eminent personalities, including traditional rulers and political leaders from the two states, would attend the meeting.

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Among those expected are federal and state legislators, speakers of the State Houses of Assembly, security chiefs, and representatives of youth groups among others.

The meeting, Ishaku’s aide said, is a follow up to similar efforts by the governors of both states in the recent past.

“This included numerous visits to the affected communities to preach peace and meetings of stakeholders leading to peace accords that were not obeyed,” he said.

Tiv/Jukun Crisis: Governor Ishaku Appeals To Warring Groups To Sheath Their Swords

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Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku (file photo)

 

The Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku has appealed to the Tivs and Jukuns in the state to sheath their swords and embrace peace.

He made the appeal in a statewide broadcast while wishing Muslims a happy Sallah celebration.

According to him, his administration has consistently synergised and engaged with the leadership of the two faiths in the state in a bid to finding religious fulfilment.

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He, therefore, appealed to the groups to see each other as brothers and sisters, adding that violence does no one any good.

Speaking further, the governor reminded Muslims in the state of the need to make sacrifices and imbibe the great lessons of humility and tolerance as exemplified by the great prophet of Islam.

Taraba Killing: Police Panel Keeps Mum After Meeting With Ishaku

 

The investigative panel set up by the Nigeria Police Force to unravel the rationale behind the killing of three of its officers in Taraba on Saturday met with the state governor, Mr Darius Ishaku.

The meeting which held behind closed-door is not unconnected to the findings of the committee sequel to their resumed investigation on Friday at the scene of the incident.

Members of the panel, however, declined to make any comment to journalists on the purpose of their meeting with the governor in Jalingo, the state capital.

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Governor Ishaku received the committee led by a Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Mr Mike Ogbizi, two days after members arrived in the state capital.

The panel was set up by the Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, to investigate the killing of three police personnel and a civilian by soldiers in Ibi Local Government Area of the state.

The slain police officers.

 


On arrival, the team had declined to make any comment to journalists, stressing that they needed to appraise the situation first.

According to a statement from the Force Headquarters, the slain officers were on a mission to arrest one Alhaji Hamisu indicted in a series of high-profile kidnap incidents in Taraba.

The operatives were said to be taking the arrested suspect to the Police Command Headquarters in Jalingo when they were “shot at severally” by the soldiers.

“Three Policemen (comprising one Inspector and two Sergeants) and one civilian died as a result of gunshot injuries sustained in the attack while others sustained serious gunshot wounds. The soldiers thereafter released the handcuffed suspect, Alhaji Hamisu, who is now on the run,” police spokesman, Mr Frank Mba, had said in the statement.

The IGP had also ordered the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) Medicals to proceed to Jalingo to ensure concerted efforts in the treatment of the injured officers.

Buhari Briefed On Killing Of Policemen In Taraba
President Buhari with the Service Chiefs at a meeting in Abuja on August 8, 2019.

 


Two days after the incident which occurred on Tuesday, President Muhammadu Buhari met with the Service Chiefs and ordered that the incident be investigated.

In line with the President’s directive, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin, constituted a seven-man Joint Investigation Panel.

A statement by the Acting Director of Information Defence Headquarters, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, said the committee had already commenced work.

The panel is headed by Rear Admiral I.T. Olaiya, and has a representative each from the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Air Force, the Nigeria Police, Department of State Services (DSS), and the Defence Intelligence Agency.

Maybe It’s Not In My Destiny To Be Governor – Aisha Alhassan

Maybe It's Not In My Destiny To Be Taraba Governor – Aisha Alhassan

 

Former Minister for Women Affairs and Social Development, Aisha Alhassan, has reacted to her loss in the last general elections.

Alhassan, who visited the Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, was of the opinion that she might not be destined to be governor.

“It is God that gives power not anybody. You may be the best person for the job, if God doesn’t give you, you cannot have it,” she told the governor on Monday at the Government House in Taraba.

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She added, “Maybe it is not in my destiny to be the Governor of Taraba State, but somebody has to be there in any case at one time or the other.

“We will continue to support you and if there is anything you think we can do for you, I personally will be always available to do that. We are highly delighted to be here and we wish to wholeheartedly congratulate you.”

According to the former minister, who contested for the governorship seat in March on the platform of the United Democratic Party (UDP), power comes from God and he gives it to whoever he desires.

She gave assurance of her willingness to support the programmes and policies of the state government.

She explained that she and her supporters have no other state than Taraba, stressing that they have a responsibility to support the government in any way they can.

Alhassan also said the visit and her decision to support the governor was to ensure that the success of his administration and progress of the state for the good of the people.

She stated, “You’re the commander of the rescue mission, so we have all joined the rescue team … on behalf of myself and my party loyalists, UDP, and all their supporters in Taraba State, we wish to congratulate you heartily.

“In a contest of this nature, somebody has to win while others lose. I lost not victoriously, but gallantly.”

On his part, Governor Ishaku said he was overwhelmed by the former minister’s show of support, adding that it would serve as a morale booster to his administration.

He said she has truly shown that politics should be played without bitterness and victory as a politician should not be seen as the end of life.

Alhassan contested the Taraba governorship election in 2015 on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) but lost to Governor Ishaku.

She later defected from APC to UDP In 2018, to contest for the same position in 2019 and lost again to the governor.

Taraba Governor Signs Death Penalty Bill For Kidnappers

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Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku

 

Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, has signed into law a bill that prescribes death sentence and life imprisonment for kidnappers and abduction offenders in the state.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Bala Dan Abu.

The statement added that the bill which was sponsored by Speaker, Taraba State House of Assembly, Peter Abel Diah, was passed with the support of the members of the Assembly.

The governor’s assent to the bill follows the amendment of the Kidnapping and Abduction Prohibition Act 2010 by the Taraba State House of Assembly which introduces the death penalty and life imprisonment for offenders.

According to the Speaker, the bill will ensure the protection of Taraba residents against kidnapping.

“Under the new law, anybody found guilty of abduction or kidnapping in the state will pay the supreme price for it.

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“The law is a product of government’s concern about insecurity in the state, particularly, kidnapping for money which is rampant in the state and other parts of the country,” the statement read in part.

The new bill prescribes punishment for violators as; any person who threatened to kill, maim, injure or cause panic in order to compel another person, corporate or government organisation to do or refrain from doing any act committed an offence and is liable on conviction to 20 years without an option of fine.

It also said that any person who threatens to kidnap another person by means of phone calls, text messages or any electronic device shall be convicted to 20 years imprisonment without an option of fine.

And any person who conceals any information or has knowledge as to the existence of a kidnap group or is aware of the planning and execution of a kidnap or abduction without informing relevant security agencies commits and offence and shall be convicted to 20 years imprisonment without an option of fine.

The governor’s assent to the bill comes on the heels of rising spate of kidnapping in Taraba State.