Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku has said that most of the crises that Taraba State has witnessed in recent times are products of external influence.
Governor Ishaku who was speaking at a ceremony for the inauguration of a committee for the resettlement of displaced persons in Chunku and Asa chiefdoms in Wukari Local Government Council Area warned all groups of people living in Taraba State not to allow unhealthy contacts with outsiders whose mission is to cause crisis among them.
He advised all groups in the state to be law-abiding and to avoid conflicts that could further destabilize peace in the state.
The committee which Gov Ishaku inaugurated is to help the government in facilitating the resettlement of those who fled the two communities whose members are mainly farmers. It has Edward Adi Bauka, as its chairman.
Gov Ishaku said the crisis had considerably destabilized farming in the communities and advised the committee to ensure speedy completion of their assignment to enable the returnees to return to the farms soonest.
He said seedlings of assorted crops have already been procured to be given free to the returnees and urged them to take advantage of the government’s gesture to settle down fast. The returnees are also to be assisted by the government to rebuild their damaged houses.
Governor Ishaku also received the report of the visitation panel on the Taraba State Polytechnic at the ceremony. The institution which is 26 years old was bedeviled with numerous problems which came to the attention of Governor Ishaku.
He said polytechnic education is vital in the development of manpower that could help promote infrastructural development of the country and noted that his administration would ensure that the institution is put on its proper footing so that it can produce the manpower necessary for the rapid development of the state.
Ishaku said the report of the panel would be studied very quickly in order for the government to take quick steps to put the institution on its proper footing.
Chairman of the panel, Professor Nicholas Oliver Namessen told the governor that the institution was facing a series of problems, including non-accreditation of courses, poor staffing and disregard for qualification and experience in the appointment of officers of the institution.
By Bala Dan Abu
Special Adviser to the Governor
(Media and Publicity)