Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), in Gassol Local Government Area of Taraba State have described Governor Darius Ishaku as God sent to Taraba because of his monumental achievements and concern for the plight of IDPs and the less privileged.
They made the commendation yesterday in Sabon Gida and Dan-Anacha communities during the presentation of intervention funds by the Governor to enable them buy seedlings for the 2017 planting season.
One of the beneficiaries of the intervention funds, Mr. Solomon Iorhuna who spoke to our correspondent thanked the Governor for his support saying, that was the first time a Governor was giving such recognition to IDPs and the less privileged in the history of the State.
He stated that, “We are deeply grateful to the Governor for this gesture. In fact he is God sent to Taraba. However, I want him to look seriously into the issue of herdsmen invasion of our farms and villages to enable us produce food for the nation.
“Some people are deliberately frustrating the Governor’s peace efforts and he should not allow them to succeed. If there was peace, this money he has given us to buy seedlings would have been used to drill boreholes for us, since we have serious water challenge here,” he said.
The Governor who was represented by Rev. Fr. Julius Ioryue, the Parish Priest of St. Patrick’s Church Sabon Gida, told the IDPs that, “the gesture was aimed at assisting the displaced farmers to buy grains no matter how small and return to their farms.”
Fr. Ioryue while addressing the IDPs thanked Governor Darius Ishaku and his wife Barr. Anna Ishaku for their tremendous support and concern for the plight of IDPs.
He however, called for more action by the Governor to end cases of attacks on farming communities and address the issue of land seizure by local chiefs in Dissol, Tse Mchia, Nanguru and other villages in the area.
The Chief of Tiv in Gassol, Zaki Simon Erentsa, (Ter Tiv Gassol) in his remarks appreciated the Governor for the gesture while commending his efforts in restoring peace in the State. According to him, “Tiv people will remain grateful to the Governor for the good things he has been doing for them.”
The Ter Tiv Gassol called on the people to register in the ongoing voters registration exercise to enable them vote their leaders in future elections.
Our correspondent reports that the Governor donated the sum of 1 million Naira to the two communities, even as hundreds of people trooped out to partake in the donation.