Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku has described the workings of God in his life as awesomely beautiful in the last one year.
Governor Darius Ishaku said this yesterday at the CAN secretariat Jalingo during an interdenominational Church service organised by Christian Association of Nigeria CAN, Taraba State chapter in solidarity and thanksgiving with the Taraba State Governor for working committedly to fast track development in the state.
Darius Ishaku maintained that even an unbeliever will attest to the fact that God has a hand in his emergence as the Governor of Taraba State and averred that the beauty of God in his life manifested magnificently in the successes recorded in the past one year even in the face of court challenges and the dwindling finances of the state.
He said God in His mercies took charge of everything, explaining that apart from the projects initiated and completed by his administration, he was also able to complete some of the projects that were started by the Danbaba regime which included the Palace dual carriageway starting from works roundabout and ended ant Karofi roundabout and that of Jolly Nyame Way commencing from the SSS roundabout to specialist hospital Jalingo.
The two have been completed and commissioned as well as the installation of streetlights in some of the road projects that were started and completed by the Danbaba administration.
Similarly, the Bali to Gembu road which were equally started by the Danbaba administration is continuing through sustained funding by his administration.
Speaking on repositioning the state civil service, Governor Darius Ishaku lamented that the rot in the state civil service is in its highest ebb but reiterated that he will do his best to do the needful by ensuring that all the corrupt practices are being reduced to the bearest minimum.
He said though he is aware that Taraba State is a civil service State but regretted that, Taraba State is the only state that:
- One civil servant will have over ten names and ten accounts,
- Civil servants don’t retire,
- Civil servants don’t reach retirement age and equally,
- Civil servants don’t die.
He explained that at present, the requisite professional expertise is being employed to critically reposition the civil service so that it would be able to assist government carry out its statutory function effectively.
Governor Darius Ishaku used the opportunity to appreciate the Bishop of the Anglican Communion for the choice of the word ‘integrity,’ and called on people of the state to be constructive in their criticisms and as well learn to live and tolerate one another by imbibing good spirit of mutual coexistence.
He solicited for more prayers and posited that, with prayers the enemy will surely be put to shame.
In his sermon during the thanksgiving service, the Bishop of Anglican Communion, RT. Rev. Foreman Nedison, challenged the congregation to be people of integrity and high moral standing at all times.
Bishop Nedison who took his scriptural reading from the book of proverbs chapter 11:3, titled his sermon “the power of integrity,” and described it as the most powerful word that every Christian should possess.
He pointed out that the crisis most Christians are passing through is the crisis of of self integrity.
The Bishop maintained that because of lack of integrity, most Christians are unable to make simple petition before God and asserted that with integrity you are a unique person before God and man.
He stressed that, with integrity even when no one cares about you, your sincerity of motive is key to greatness and charged all Christians to critically examine the word integrity and key into it for God to guide them through in all their endeavours.
High point of the thanksgiving service were the scriptural readings by the Executive Governor, Darius Ishaku which was taken from the book of Matthew 5:13-16 as the second reading while the Speaker Taraba State House of Assembly, Hon. Peter Abel Diah took the first reading, from the book of Proverbs 27:1-6.
Prayers were offered for the Governor and his family, the state and the country in general by State CAN Chairman, Rev. Dr. Ben Ube
Goodwill messages as well as renditions of songs as a mark of appreciation for the grace and glory of God in the state were also offered.
The thanksgiving service was attended by the wife of the Governor, Barr. Anna Ishaku, the Bishop of Catholic Church Rev. Dr. Charles Hammawa, many men of God and top Government functionaries.