Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku has described the attacks and clashes which took place in some parts of the state as senseless, since this can truncate peace and peaceful coexistence.
Darius Ishaku said this yesterday during the swearing in and inauguration of a Commissioner, the Auditor General, Chairmen and Board members, which took place at the Jolly Nyame Gymnasium Hall.
He stressed the need for the people of the state to be conscious of their environment and report suspicious persons around them.
The Governor expressed sadness over the attacks that took place at Bali, Gashaka, Donga, Ibi and Kurmi Local Government Areas as well as the communal clashes in karim Lamido and Lau considering them a breach of security. He however expressed happiness that the situation has been brought under control.
The State Governor found it ridiculous that people who have coexisted for such a long time could pick up arms over a fishpond that was created by God to maim and kill one another over what they did nothing to bring to existence.
He also lamented the loss of lives which included women and innocent children and pleaded with the parties involved to lay down their arms and create room for resolving the conflicts amicably,while warning that whoever is found wanting will be severely dealt with.
Governor Darius Ishaku used the occasion to call on people of the state to tolerate one another by imbibing the attitude of peaceful coexistence and work collectively for the development and progress of the state.
Accordingly, the Governor stated that the task ahead is enormous and the expectations from the people are numerous, while the resources to carry out such expectations are meager coupled with the hostile environment created by the inability to coexist peacefully.
He maintained that all those sworn in are capable people and charged them to join the Rescue Mission as there are lots of challenges ahead. He also stressed that the task ahead focuses on surmounting the challenges and repositioning Taraba on a platform that Tarabans will be proud of.
Speaking on education, Darius Ishaku told the Chairman and members of the Taraba State Universal Basic Education Board ,TSUBEB, that the education sector in the State is in a deplorable state and challenged them to immediately swing into action by making the state educational sector vibrant, and posited that for them to succeed, lots of sacrifice would be required.
Governor Darius Ishaku who painted an ugly picture of one of the schools he saw in Karim Lamido during the 2015 electioneering campaigns of wards studying under three branches of trees with grasses all around them said such situation is no longer acceptable in the state and asserted that the best educational legacies must be bequeathed to the children of the state.
He used the opportunity to inform the Chairman and members of the Taraba Produce and Marketing Agency TAPMA, to buckle up because there is a lot to be done by the Agency in the marketing of produce of the greenhouse farm which he said is the first of its kind in the whole of North east with specialty in vegetable farming which will soon be made available.
The governor maintained that the Agency must be innovative and viable at all times so that it would be able to market produce from the greenhouse and buy grains for storage to make profit for the State as well as serve the State during emergency.
Those sworn in by Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku included Hassan Bappa as a commissioner from Jalingo Local Government, Jonah Kataps as Chairman Local Government Service Commission and five other members, Dr. Philip Danladi Duwe as Chairman of Taraba State Independent Electoral Commission TSIEC and eight members of the Commission, Polycarp Iranus as the State Auditor General and Nasiru Bobboji as Chairman Jalingo Local Government.
Those inaugurated by the Governor were Ambassador John Musa as Chairman Taraba Produce and Marketing Agency TAPMA, with four members and the Taraba State Universal Basic Education Board TSUBEB, had Hon. Yakubu Agbaizo as Chairman and will be supported by four members.
In his vote of thanks, the Chairman of TSIEC, Dr. Philip Duwe thanked the Governor for finding them worthy and assured the Governor that they will work assiduously to ensure that they key into the Rescue Mission.
Philip Duwe commended the Governor for the success recorded in the areas of Road Construction, Water, Health, Energy and Agriculture, saying that in spite of the obstacles, the state has been able to make meaningful progress and gave God the glory for the journey so far.
He maintained that the state is naturally endowed and yearning for development, and stated that they will accord the Governor maximum support for his administration to move the state to a higher level.