.For Using Predecessor’s Projects To Mark 100 Days Achievements –
By Sandra Nwokocha –
Taraba State socio-cultural group, the Taraba Peoples Assembly has slammed its Governor, Dirus Dickson Ishaku, for his wasteful spending, flamboyant celebration of his 100 days in office.
The group warned the governor, stating that he should stop showcasing achievements of previous administration as his projects.
The Assembly in a statement signed by its Coordinator, Martins Andekin, and made available to eyeonthenews.com, said Ishaku’s government has not achieved anything in its 100 days, as none of the seven items attributed to him was initiated, funded and completed by Ishaku.
“The most bizarre of the so called achievements is the brazen claim to improve power supply to the state, it is common knowledge that the Federal government, under President Muhammad Buhari had achieved the record breaking feat of over 4000 megawatts of electricity. Accordingly, power supply has improved nationwide.
“The credit for the expansion of power to the state goes to former acting governor, Alhaji Garba Umar UTC. Alhaji Umar, who bought and installed over fifteen transformers and electrified some towns and villages to boost power supply to the state. How many transformers has Darius bought?”
The group noted that it is very important for Taraba people to observe the mini power project commissioned by Governor Darius on the Mambilla Plateau was fully completed during the tenure of Acting Governor Garba.
“The Darius Ishaku administration did not contribute a single kobo to the project apart from the commissioning ceremony,” Andekin stated.
They further pinpointed that killings and cases of IDPs in the state has worsened as no adequate assistance is being sent to them by the government while refuse dumps, lack of water has gradually crept back to the state capital.
“We are seriously wondering how the provision of water to Jalingo can be such a big deal. All that the Water Supply Agency requires is the release of its monthly running costs to enable it continuously manage its operations.
“The truth is that the social services ministries and departments have been denied their monthly allocations since December 2014, thereby grounding their activities.”
“The 8 million Naira said to have been released to the water Agency is far below the millions of Naira spent on the celebration of birthday and 100 days in office for Darius.”
According to the group, refuse dumps and blocked drains have continued to shock people around the state capital because the ministry of Environment has not been given running costs and the casual staff not paid for almost one year, since the departure of former Acting Governor Umar.
The group added that civil servants and pensioners in the state are been subjected to the harrowing and nightmarish spectacle of delayed salaries and benefits.
“Wages are now paid more than two weeks into the next month and the only reason for this is the boring tale of inheriting debts.
“If Darius has no solution to the problems he is claiming to inherit, there are many people who can do better. Other states have hit the ground running, but Taraba state has been tied down with trivial issues and unnecessary bickering,” Andekin added.