A Taraba State socio-cultural group, the Taraba Peoples Assembly, TPA, has condemned as wasteful spending, the flamboyant celebration of Governor Dairus Dickson Ishaku’s 100 days in office, warning the governor to stop showcasing achievements of the immediate past administration as his projects.
The Assembly, in a statement signed by its Coordinator, Martins Andekin, said Ishaku’s government has not achieved anything in its 100 days as none of the seven items ascribed to him was initiated, funded or completed by him.
“The most bizarre of the so called achievements is the brazen claim to the improvement of power supply to the state. It is common knowledge that the Federal Government, under President Muhammadu 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. Umar bought and installed over fifteen transformers and electrified some towns and villages to boost power supply in the state. How many transformers has Ishaku bought?” the group queried.
According to the group, it is very important for Tarabans to note that the mini power project commissioned by Governor Darius on the Mambilla Plateau was fully completed during the tenure of Acting Governor Garba Umar.
“The Darius Ishaku administration did not contribute a single kobo to the project apart from the commissioning ceremony,” Andekin stressed.
They further pointed out 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 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 supply agency is far below the millions of naira spent on the celebration of birthday and 100 days in office for Ishaku.”
According to the group, refuse dumps and blocked drains have continued to choke people around the state capital because the Ministry of the 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 said.