Taraba state Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku says the taking over of Missionary schools by the Government of Nigerians was the greatest mistake in the history of the educational development of the country.
Governor Darius Ishaku stated this on Monday in his office Government House Jalingo when the Catholic Bishop of Jalingo Diocese, Dr. Charles Hammawa, and his entourage paid him a thank you visit for the support accorded the church during the second Plenary session of Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria that took place in Jalingo last month.
Darius Ishaku maintained that schools were better managed when they were hundred percent owned and managed by the Missionaries, adding that, the Catholic Church contributed immensely in the areas of education and healthcare development in the country.
He remarked that the Missionaries were expert in the molding of character and equally provided a fertile ground for mutual coexistence among different ethnic groups as well as mutual fraternity devoid of any form religious sentiments, stressing that, during that period Nigerians were United and related freely.
The Governor lamented that all the good works of the Missionaries in instilling discipline and good moral conduct were jettisoned and today the country is gravely paying for that singular act of Government carelessness.
Speaking further, Governor Ishaku mentioned that discipline was the watchword of the Missionaries, particularly, the Catholic Church and urged the Catholic Church not to relent in the establishment of schools and health centers and above all, the sustenance of good moral conduct which has been the cardinal principle of the Church.
Accordingly, he commended the entire Catholic community in the country for agreeing to host the second Plenary session of the Catholic Bishops Conference in the state, which the Governor said it has afforded many the opportunity to come to Jalingo for the first time and stated the event was a blessing to him and the state in general.
He said being part of the event was a wonderful opportunity and explained that as the Governor of the state he will willingly to support all activities that is meant to bring in people to the state, particularly events that will attract spiritual upliftment should be fully supported and praised the President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, Bishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama who is a son of the soil for collaborating with other Bishops for the event to held in Jalingo the Taraba state capital.
Governor Darius Ishaku solicited for prayers, saying that prayer is an important component in leadership and requested for prayers for the state so that the people of the state will live in peace with one another which will effectively translate into good governance and proactive policies that will better the lives of people of the state.
The Taraba state Governor told the Bishop and his entourage that his administration is open to constructive and genuine criticism, most especially, the one that is meant to fast-track development in the state and pointed out that, as a leader it is not possible to satisfy everybody and expressed disappointment with the way and manner social media is being used negatively instead of being a platform for cross-fertilisation of ideas that the people will benefit from, it is rather being used as an avenue to discredit and disrespect leaders.
Speaking earlier, the Catholic Bishop of Jalingo Diocese, Dr. Charles Hammawa told the Governor that he and his entourage have come to appreciate him for working closely with them during the 2nd Plenary session of Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria which was hosted in Catholic Diocese of Jalingo recently.
Charles Hammawa stated that they have come on behalf of the entire Catholic Church in the country to show gratitude for the support and cooperation received from Government and people of the state and for being with them from the first day to the last day.
The Bishop said for every good deed, it is supposed to be accompanied with sincere appreciation and is the reason they have come to say thank you and to also informed him that the Bishops described the Jalingo second Plenary session of the Church as one of the best to be organized in the country.
He told the Taraba state Governor that leadership is one of the most difficult responsibility to handle and assured him of the Church’s prayer at all time and encourage him not to relent in his current drive to uplift the status of the state.
The Catholic Bishop of Jalingo commended the Governor for his advocacy aimed at attracting investors as well as a Federal presence in the state, saying that it is the right path to follow if Taraba is to develop.
Bishop Charles Hammawa and his entourage presented a gift to the Governor as a mark of appreciation for the wonderful support the Church received from the Government and people of the state.