Organised Labour In Taraba Suspends Strike After 17 Days

A screenshot taken on April 8, 2021, shows leaders of the organised labour in Taraba State at a press conference in Jalingo, the state capital

 

The organised labour in Taraba State has suspended its industrial action declared over the N30,000 minimum wage to workers in the state.

Chairman of the Taraba State Joint Public Service Negotiating Council, Musa Buhari, announced the suspension of the strike on Thursday at a press conference in Jalingo, the state capital.

Members of the organised labour in Taraba, comprising the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) began the strike on March 22 over the failure of the government to implement the new national minimum wage.

Musa explained that the decision to suspend the strike was as a result of an agreement with the state government to work out modalities for the implementation of the new minimum wage within three months – from April to June.

He called on civil servants in the state to resume work immediately, but report any attempt of victimisation on account of compliance with the industrial action.

Read the full text of Musa Buhari at the briefing below:

Fellow workers of Taraba State,

We bring you fraternal greetings and appreciation for your commitment to the struggle for the Implementation of the New National Minimum Wage of Thirty Thousand (N30,000.00) Naira only in the State.

Recall that the Organized Labour under the auspices of SJPSNC directed Workers to resume Industrial Strike Action on the 22 March 2021 over non-implementation of the New National Minimum Wage the State which you fully complied.

During the period of the strike action, the organized labour has had series of meaningful dialogue with the Government.

Modalities for implementation of the New National Minimum Wage within three months (i.e., April to June 2021) are being worked out.

Consequently, the Industrial Strike Action is hereby suspended, and all workers are directed to resume work immediately.

Workers are equally enjoined to report any attempt of victimization on account of participating in the strike action from any quota to the Organized Labour.

Solidarity forever! Aluta continua!!

Insecurity: Gunmen Kill Three Farmers In Taraba

A file photo of a gun recovered from crime suspects.

 

Gunmen suspected to be bandits have killed three farmers in the Wukari local government area of Taraba state.

The attack took place in the early hours of Wednesday in Assa village a suburb of the Wukari local government area.

Confirming the incident to Channels Television via a telephone interview, the Chairman of the council, Adi Daniel, said the attackers came in their number through a bush path and orchestrated the mayhem.

Daniel noted that five other farmers who escaped the attack were badly injured and are currently receiving treatment at the General Hospital Wukari, adding that the farmers were residing in their farmstead when they were attacked unprovoked.

The attack is coming barely 24 hours after two mobile policemen were killed at a checkpoint in Dogon-Gawa community, a suburb of Takum local government area which is also in the Southern zone of Taraba state.

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The police are yet to confirm the incident though claim it is still expecting full details as regards the ugly occurrence.

The Southern zone of Taraba state has recorded various crisis prominent among which is the Tiv Vs Jukun Crisis that lingered for 21 months before relative peace could return to the affected areas.

Similar attacks and counter-attacks as witnessed now was what played out before it was fully blown out of proportion with the security agencies invited to douse the tension.

The crisis which lasted for 21 months started in April 2019 with lives and property not spared.

Addressing High Rate Of Drug Use In North Will Curb Crimes In Nigeria – Ishaku

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 Governor Darius Ishaku says addressing the high rate of drug abuse in Northern Nigeria and Nigeria, in general, will go a long way in addressing the disturbing trend in criminal activities in the region.

Ishaku also called on Governors of the 19 Northern States to throw their weight behind the campaign of their wives to check drug addiction and rehabilitate victims.

He made the statement when he received in the audience a delegation of Wives of Northern States Governors Forum led by Amina Bello, wife of the Niger State Governor, in Jalingo, the Taraba state capital.

Only four out of the nineteen governors’ wives were present for the occasion and they include that of Niger, Sokoto, Adamawa, and Taraba state who is the host.

Members of the Forum arrived in Jalingo on Tuesday for a strategic meeting on their campaign against drug abuse.

Governor Ishaku described drug abuse in the country and particularly in the North as endemic and alarming and said the role being played by the Northern Governors Wives Forum is noble and must be encouraged if insecurity must be crushed.

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While commending them for their unique approach towards tackling the endemic problem of drug abuse and for the achievements recorded in the Northern States so far, the Governor says posterity would be kind to them for making efforts to solve the teething problem of Nigeria as a nation.

” What is being commissioned today is life to some human beings and its not the building but actually transforming somebody who was derailed and I think that is very key to societal development ”

” Drug addiction has damaged and destroyed many people, but thank God we are trying in addressing the situation”

” Most people who go into drug addiction is either because they lack what to do or deceived into it ”

In her address, the chairperson of the Forum, Amina Bello, said the Forum’s approach of sensitising and rehabilitating drug addicts has given hope to thousands of youths in the North.

She said they were in Taraba State to support the efforts of Barr Anna Darius Ishaku, wife of the state governor, to do more in rehabilitating victims of drug abuse.

”At the Northern Governors wives forum, we ensure that every state has a functioning drug rehabilitation centre ”

” We advocate to our Governors and good spirited individuals to make it possible in each state and we have been doing that for the past four years ”

” For us we consider drug addiction to be a disease that has to be treated and anyone who is addicted has a problem that will remain with them for the rest of their lives except when checked ”

In her opening remark, the brain behind the rehabilitation centre Anna Ishaku says drug abuse was partly responsible for most of the crimes threatening the country today and calls for support against it.

She thanked members of the Forum for coming to Taraba State to give support to her efforts at taking addicted youths out of the drug debacle.

”Drug abuse has been identified as a leading factor of very violent crimes including domestic violence, armed robbery, banditry, rape, and spread of HIV/AIDS among several infectious diseases ”

”Despite all these evidences and reality of the menace of drug abuse, the number of youth involved remain very high”

” We are therefore calling on all and sundry to please assist to help them grow out of this drug dependency and into self-worthy dignified and self-respectful individuals ”

Anna Ishaku had raised funds and built the drug victims rehabilitation centre in Jalingo which was commissioned by Gov Ishaku and handed over to the state government during the visit of the Northern Governors Wives.

Gunmen Kill Two Mobile Policemen, Cart Away AK-47 Rifles

File photo of AK-47 rifles used to illustrate the story

 

Gunmen suspected to be bandits have shot dead two mobile police officers in Taraba state.

The officers were shot dead on Monday night at a checkpoint in Dogon-Gawa community located in Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State.

The checkpoint is located on the highway linking Takum Local Government Area and Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue State.

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Chairman of Takum Local Government Area, Shiban Tikari who confirmed the incident said the colleagues of the deceased police officers went to a nearby town to get foodstuff for all of them before the gunmen struck.

He condemned the incident and added that the gunmen came in motorbikes

”This is indeed unfortunate and uncalled for. They came on motorcycles, opened fire on the two police officers unexpectedly, killed them, and took away their rifles.

“The two police officers that were killed were left by their colleagues to man the checkpoint who went to a nearby town to get foodstuff for all of them.

“The gunmen came on motorcycles, they open fire on the two policemen, killed them, and took away their rifles.

“This has caused tension, but I have tried my best to calm the situation down,” he said.

The council chairman however revealed that the bandits usually disguise in special joint tax force uniforms to commit such heinous crime.

The police public relations officer David Misal when contacted by Channels Television said the state command is yet to get any information regarding the attack for now but promises to give more details as soon as possible.

Remain Vigilant And United In Fight Against Insecurity, Ishaku Tells Taraba Residents

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 Governor Darius Ishaku is asking residents of the state to be united and remain vigilant in the fight against insecurity in the state.

Ishaku insists that his administration is working tirelessly in collaboration with security agencies in a bid to end kidnappings and senseless killing of law-abiding citizens by hoodlums who are bent on causing disaffection and mayhem on residents.

While soliciting more support of the residents to nip the nefarious acts in the bud, the Governor urged them not to lower their guards in adhering to the safety measures of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is contained in his Easter goodwill message signed and issued by his Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Bala Dan-Abu.

He urged the Christian faithful to constantly remind themselves of the virtues of peace and forgiveness which Jesus Christ amply demonstrated throughout his trial and crucifixion and to allow these virtues to reflect in their conduct and relationship with fellow Christians and humanity generally.

Governor Ishaku expressed happiness that peace has gradually returned to the troubled spots and communities in Taraba State as he assures that everything will be done to ensure that this achievement is sustained.

He pleaded with Tarabans of all ethnic backgrounds, religious faiths, and political affiliations to forget their differences and to work together in the interest of peace and development.

The Governor also reminded residents of the need to take the COVID-19 vaccine which is now available in the state.

Insecurity: Taraba Govt Calls For Unity, Vigilance

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A file photo of Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku.

 

The Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku has called on residents of the state and Nigerians to be united in tackling the myriads of security challenges facing the country.

He made this on Sunday via a statement issued by his spokesman, Bala Dan Abu, to commemorate the 2021 Easter celebration.

While expressing happiness that peace has gradually returned to the troubled spots and communities in Taraba State, Governor Ishaku assured that everything will be done to ensure that the achievement is sustained.

The governor pleaded with the people of the state regardless of all ethnic backgrounds, religious faiths and political affiliations to forget their differences and to work together in the interest of peace and development.

“He called for unity and vigilance against insecurity. He said the government was working hard with security agencies to end kidnappings and killings of innocent people by criminals and solicited for the support of all men and women of goodwill towards the success of these efforts,” the statement partly read.

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“Ishaku wished Christians happy Easter celebrations but also reminded them to take the COVID-19 vaccination which is now available in the state and to continue to observe all protocols against the spread of the pandemic.”

Ishaku noted that his administration is working tirelessly in collaboration with security agencies in a bid to end kidnappings and senseless killing of law-abiding citizens by hoodlums who he said were bent on causing disaffection and mayhem on residents.

He also solicited for more support from the residents to nip the nefarious acts in the bud, urging them not to lower their guards in adhering to the safety measures of the COVID-19 pandemic.

NDLEA Arrests Chad National For Drug Peddling In Taraba

A file photo of an official of the NDLEA backing the camera.

 

 

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a 35-year-old Chadian who sells narcotics to insurgents.

The Chad National was intercepted in Taraba State with assorted drugs, barely a week after operatives of the agency arrested a 70-year-old Nigerien who supplies Boko Haram and bandits illicit drugs.

The suspect, Adama Uomar Issa, was arrested on Wednesday, 31st March 2021 in Jalingo, Taraba State with 21.70Kg of Tramadol 225mg and 250mg. Also seized from him were 15.7Kg of Exol.5; 100,050 France CAF and N61, 000.

According to the Commander, Taraba state Command of the NDLEA, Suleiman Jadi, the suspect speaks only French and Arabic and claims he was taking the illicit substances to the Chad Republic before he was intercepted in Jalingo.

 

 

Investigations have however shown that he is a major supplier of illicit drugs to Boko Haram insurgents. At the point of interdiction, the drugs, which he bought from Onitsha in Anambra state, were concealed inside new ladies’ handbags and shoes.

In a related development, operatives of the anti-drug law enforcement agency have raided drug joints in Warri Street, Kaduna, where 29.5 grams of cocaine and heroin were recovered along with 456 grams of Rohypnol tablets. Two peddlers: Suleiman Yusuf and Abubakar Abdullahi were arrested during the sting operation.

A 181kg of cannabis Sativa was seized in Gaidam, Yobe state, and a suspect arrested in connection with the seizure.

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Apeh Reuben, the Yobe state Commander of the agency disclosed that the consignment was transported from Lagos to Yobe and was moving from Yobe to the Niger Republic, but was intercepted at the border post in Gaidam in an attempt to cross to Niger.

 

While commending the Taraba, Kaduna, and Yobe states Commands for their vigilance and resilience in the ongoing offensive action against illicit drugs and traffickers, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the NDLEA, Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) charged the officers and men involved in the operations and across other commands not to relax until the last drug cartel is dismantled in the country.

“We have made a commitment that the criminal elements will always have us to contend with in their illicit trade and that’s why we must not rest on our oars, we must continue to raise the bar in our drug supply reduction activities and drug demand reduction efforts”, he stated.

Taraba Governor Receives COVID-19 Vaccine

Taraba Governor, Darius Ishaku receives the COVID-19 vaccine

 

 

Taraba State, Governor Darius Ishaku has taken the first jab of the Oxford Astrazeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

This is coming two weeks after the vaccine arrived in Jalingo the state capital, through the Yola international airport.

According to the Governor, the arrival of the Oxford Astrazeneca COVID-19 vaccine will help in reducing the mortality rate of the pandemic.

Governor Ishaku called for a seamless implementation of the vaccine rollout, noting that he is optimistic that by the year 2022 all Nigerians would have been vaccinated.

Taraba Governor, Darius Ishaku displays his COVID-19 vaccine card

 

He urged health workers in the state to take advantage of the exercise to boost their immunity as they provide health care services.

The Governor disabused the minds of residents on the misconception that the vaccines are not safe and called for more sensitization.

The speaker of the state house of Assembly, the SSG, and other executive council members also joined the queue in receiving the vaccine.

Suspects Who Collected Beer, Recharge Cards, Others As Ransom Arrested In Taraba

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A file photo of suspects arrested by the police.

 

The police have arrested two persons – Mohammed Adamu and Mohammed Isa – alleged to be collaborating with suspected bandits in Taraba State, north-east Nigeria.

Adamu and Isa were said to have collected cartons of beer, cigarette, and recharge cards worth over four million naira from the family of their victim.

They were paraded along with their collaborators on Thursday by Adenirun Kunle, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) in charge of the Criminal Investigation Department in the state.

“On 15/03/2021 at about 08:00hrs, through credible information, a combined team of policemen and vigilante group, led by the Divisional Police officer (DPO) Bali, stormed kidnappers’ hideout along Donga-Takum Road,” the DCP said in a statement.

He added, “During the successful operation, the operational team arrested one Aiki Rubuchi ‘m’ 20-year-old and Adamu Haruna ‘m 19-year-old of Bali LGA and Takum LGA respectively and recovered three locally-made SMG rifle with two magazines, one locally made pistol, and five rounds of 9mm live ammunition.”

A file photo of a signpost at the Taraba State Police Command in Jalingo.

 

One Yerima Haruna was also paraded for impersonating a former lawmaker, Senator Joel Ikenya, to defraud some prominent persons in the North.

Some of the suspect’s victims included a former lawmaker from Adamawa South senatorial district, Senator Yaro Binos, as well as the Emir of Old Muri Emirate, Abdullahi Chiroma.

Kunle noted that the suspect was arrested following a complaint to the Commissioner of Police in Taraba by Senator Ikenya.

“Operatives of the bureau swung into action, one Yerima Haruna, 43-year-old of Lau LGA in Taraba, was arrested in connection with the crime and he voluntarily confessed.

“Meanwhile, one Alhaji Yusuf and Mansur are still at large and investigation is still in progress,” he added.

The police officer said the suspects would be charged to court after diligent investigation and unravelling of all facts against them.

He also called for more cooperation from the residents by providing useful information that would assist the police in tackling criminal activities in Taraba State.

Police Bust Bandits’ Hideout, Arrest Suspected Ritualist In Taraba

A file photo of a signpost at the Taraba State Police Command in Jalingo.

 

Police in Taraba State have taken the fight against insecurity to a bandits’ hideout, arresting four of them while a suspected ritualist was apprehended elsewhere.

The arrested suspects are part of bandits who have been terrorising some parts of Taraba by kidnapping residents, said a senior police officer, Adenirun Kunle.

Kunle, who is the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) in charge of the Criminal Investigation Department in the state, paraded the suspects on Thursday in Jalingo.

He explained that the suspects were arrested following a thorough and credible intelligence gathering by detectives attached to different Divisional Police Headquarters across the state.

“We have spread our dragnets and we are not in any way relenting; it is quite notable that kidnapping and banditry in recent times have become a menace in the state and the country at large,” the DCP said.

He added, “As a result of the security measures put in place by the state command, notable achievements have been recorded which has hitherto reduced the crime rate in the state.

“On 15/03/2021 at about 08:00hrs, through credible information, a combined team of policemen and vigilante group, led by the Divisional Police officer (DPO) Bali, stormed kidnappers’ hideout along Donga-Takum Road.

“During the successful operation, the operational team arrested one Aiki Rubuchi ‘m’ 20-year-old and Adamu Haruna ‘m 19-year-old of Bali LGA and Takum LGA respectively and recovered three locally-made SMG rifle with two magazines, one locally made pistol, and five rounds of 9mm live ammunition.”

 

Carton Of Beer, Cigarette For Ransom?

Map of Taraba
A map of Taraba, a state in Nigeria’s North-East region.

 

Kunle noted that in connection to the crime, two other suspects – Mohammed Adamu and Mohammed Isa – collected from their victim’s family as ransom, money, carton of beer, cigarette, and recharge cards worth over four million naira.

He also paraded a suspected ritualist for culpable homicide, as well as two suspects who were alleged to have planned to kidnap three businessmen, but the attack was foiled.

“On 5/02/2021 at about 1400hrs, one Mohammed Bello and Usman Mohammed both of Futuk town in Alkalari LGA of Bauchi State, being Arabic teachers, while in Didanga Village in Karim-Lamido LGA, reported at Didango Police station that they came to the village with one Abdullahi Bello, a 14-year-old boy who was an Arabic pupil

“They later discovered that the boy was missing and while searching for him, on 10/02/2021 at about 1130hrs, the corpse of Abdullahi Bello was found in the bush with the head cut off,” the police officer disclose.

He also said through intelligence gathering and diligent investigation, one Samaila Ahmed was arrested and voluntarily confessed that he lured the late teenager to a bush path where he cut off and covered the body with sand.

According to Kunle, the suspect was arrested while trying to get whom to buy the deceased’s severed head.

FG To Revamp Tourism In Taraba

Map of Taraba
A map of Taraba, a state in Nigeria’s North-East region.

 

The Federal government through the Ministry of Environment says it will henceforth not tolerate any act of deforestation and mining in National parks across the country.

The move according to the government is to revamp National parks via public-private partnership as well as partner with the military for the protection of natural resources.

This was disclosed by the conservator General National Park Services, Ibrahim Musa – Goni at the passing out parade of rangers after six weeks of intensive training and replacement of their weapons with a sophisticated one for better productivity at the Gashaka Gumti National park, Taraba state.

The Park which is the largest in the country is fast becoming of international standard, following the memorandum of understanding signed in 2017 between the National Park Service and Africa Nature Investors Foundation.

Gazetted in 1991, the Gashaka Gumti National Park is one of the largest in Africa, covering a landmass of about six thousand four hundred square kilometers.

The park accommodates various species of animals that can be hardly found in many parts of the world with some enclaves strategically located.

” In a deliberate effort to make the park tourist heaven, a thirty-year partnership agreement was signed to enable the Africa Nature Investors ANI to provide technical. financial and management support to the park ”

” Based on the agreement, a number of state of the earth facilities have been provided and installed amounting to over seven hundred million naira ”

” These includes the provision of anti-poaching patrol vehicles, satellite phones, radio equipment’s, V-SAT facilities among many others ”

Ibrahim however notes that the first batch of forty-three rangers was trained inline with the international best practices and armed with modern sophisticated weapons to protect themselves and animals from incessant attacks.

He used the forum to call on other non-governmental organizations and wealthy individuals to join the course of making national parks the best resorts in the country for tourism.

For the Executive Director, Africa Nature Investors, Tunde Morakinyo, the organization will provide more infrastructure and a helicopter to ease movement across the park.

He adds that climate change and deforestation are the major issues the Federal government needs to tackle to enhance farmers’ and herders’ relationships.

” Many Nigerians when they hear of climate change or deforestation or any environmental issue, they think its something academic, but what they don’t know is that every time people are cutting trees, there is less rainfall, the dry season gets longer ”

” What is happening now is that right across the country, we now have a conflict between farmers and cattle herders because of competition for grazing ”

” The problem now is that the north is becoming dry, so cattle herders are going down south and staying there where there is competition for land because the climate is drying ”

He calls on both states and the Federal Government to be proactive in taking measures towards curbing deforestation to avoid farmers and cattle herders fracas.

Taraba Receives 56,250 Doses Of AstraZeneca Vaccines

Officials in Taraba receive the AstraZeneca vaccines on behalf of the state government on March 11, 2021.

 

The Taraba State government has taken delivery of its first batch of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines for onward vaccination of its residents through the Primary Health Care Development Agency (PHCDA).

A total of 56,250 doses of the vaccines were sent to the state via the Yola International Airport in the north-eastern part of the country.

The Permanent Secretary of the State Ministry of Health, Dr Ebenezer Apake, received the vaccines on behalf of the state government on Thursday.

He noted that at least 80 per cent of the state’s population needed to be vaccinated in order to be protected against the pandemic.

“These vaccines, even though developed in record time, should be effective in reducing the severity of cases,” said Apake who urged residents to avail themselves for vaccination.

Despite receiving the vaccines, he said the state government would not in any way lower its guard on adherence to the safety protocols of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.

The agency saddled with the responsibility of vaccination – PHCDA – said it has trained a total of 254 staff to carry out the exercise, as well as sensitised residents on what the vaccine was about.

Its Executive Secretary, Aminu Jauro, noted that they have intensified their efforts in curbing the spread of the disease across the 168 wards of the state.

He disabused the minds of residents on the insinuations that the vaccine was allergic, saying frontline health workers would receive the first jab in Taraba.

“To allay the fears of residents towards the uptake of the vaccines, we have carried out sensitisation workshops with all stakeholders – which is very key,” Jauro said.

In his remarks, the coordinator of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Taraba, Farouk Umar, said they would provide the needed technical support to the state health sector.

“We are part of the planning for the coming of the vaccines to administration for proper following of the right protocol,” he said.

The arrival of the Oxford Astrazeneca COVID-19 vaccines in Jalingo is seen as a sign of hope in the midst of despair in view of the rising number of cases in the state.

Since the beginning of the outbreak in Nigeria, Taraba has recorded 881 infections, out of which 55 patients are on admission and 22 deaths.