Taraba state Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku has sworn in 15 newly elected Local Government Chairmen of 15 Local Government Areas with the exception Ibi Local Government that had its elections cancelled as a result of the breakdown of law and order during polls.
Governor Darius Ishaku said the swearing of the new chairmen marks another milestone in the history of his administration in the state, saying that, it is a litmus to ascertain the acceptability of his administration adding that the election is a demonstration of the quantum support of the people across the state.
The swearing-in ceremony which took place at the Gym Hall of the Jolly Nyame Stadium was administered by the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Josephine Yakubu Tuktur and had in attendance a large crowd of supporters who reiterated their unflinching support for the current administration.
The Governor commended the PDP Chairman for fielding the right candidates which culminated in an overwhelming victory and stressed that, the council election in the state was adjudged to be the most credible, free and fairest in the history of Taraba State and marks a political high point of the present administration.
He told the Chairmen to see their victory as a call to serve and to contribute maximally to the growth and development of the state asserting that, since the people have given him double votes he will also reciprocate by giving them double work to do.
Governor Darius Ishaku disclosed that the last Local Government tenure elapsed in 2012, explaining that for the past five years, Local Government Councils in the state were being administered through caretaker administration. He charged them to ensure equitable distribution of resources and to provide all benefits and privileges get to all and sundry in their respective domains and to be truthful to the people at all times.
Darius Ishaku pointed out that they are coming on board when the state and country are faced with dwindling resources, unending threat to peace and security, youths unemployment and the general harsh economic environment. He stressed that this is an unusual time and it calls for positive and significant measure to take the state and the country out of the doldrum and challenged them to ensure the era of over bloated salaries does not reoccur in their councils again.
Speaking on the issues of local government staff salaries, Governor Darius Ishaku stated he has paid off all the outstanding salary arrears of Local Government staff and said anyone with the issue of an unpaid salary should channel it to the appropriate person and disclosed that February salaries for local government staff would be paid next week.
Accordingly, the Governor challenged the new chairmen to brace up for the challenges ahead, saying that, they need to be focused to guarantee peace and security and added that without peace there could be no development. He, however, warned them to be conscious with the influx of unknown herdsmen and other displaced persons from other states into the state calling for extra vigilance.
He urged the new council Chairmen to familiarise themselves with the working of the Rescue Mission with a view to replicating same in their local councils.
Darius Ishaku told the new chairmen to as a matter of urgency work out a developmental plan for each local government and submit to his office by the first week of March.
Responding on behalf of the Chairmen, the chairman of Kurmi, Hon. Stephen Agya thanked the Governor and assured him that they would work tirelessly to provide the needed dividends to the electorates.
Stephen Agya said they would also work hard to replicate the Rescue Mission of his administration in their respective local government councils and commended the doggedness of the PDP chairman and the electorates for overwhelmingly voting for the Peoples Democratic Party in all the 15 councils where elections were held.
It would be recalled that elections took place last Saturday the 25, February 2017 in 15 Local Government Areas of the state with the exception of Ibi which the election was cancelled as a result of the disruption of peace during the conduct of the election.