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Governor Ishaku’s Audacious Approach to Poverty Reduction

The commitment of the Darius Dickson Ishaku administration in Taraba state to skills acquisi-tion programmers for the youths of the state is an effort that needs to be supported by all es-pecially, the youths. There is every need for Taraba people, particularly the youth to lever-age on this laudable Programme in order to move forward in life.  

Taraba state is strategic in every sense to the nation given its enormous potentials in both human and material resources. Against this background therefore, the audacious effort by governor Darius Dickson Ishaku – led admin-istration is clearly the right step towards the right direction to harness the potentials of the State Towards Socio- economic Develop-ment. 

Taraba State has 16 local government council areas with each local government uniquely embedded with projects that would have mopped up unemployed youths who before now were readily available to do the dirty deals in order to protect the interest of those elite who did not mean well for the state.

It is heart warming that Governor Ishaku has put in place avalanche of skills acquisition pro-grammes to drive the unemployed youths  to-wards economic self sustainability and in the process fight poverty and underdevelopment. 

In taking notations of this laudable move, we urge the people of Taraba State to support these programmes irrespective of political and religious differences. It is evident by these programmes that Governor Ishaku means well for the people of the State.

Just  last week, the state government graduat-ed 448 young persons  while over 600 others were inaugurated as trainees in various skills acquisition programmes, the third batch in the series since Governor Ishaku launched the ini-tiative.

While commending the Governor for these ini-tiatives, we urge  him to ensure that a fair and transparent  process is  put in place in  the se-lection  of participants to the various skills ac-quisition programmes. 

The elite in the state must allow the pro-gramme to succeed by avoiding acts that tend to fuel crisis which manifest in various forms such as the Fulani Herdsmen- farmers violent clashes, kidnappings and other violent crimes.

Incidences of attacks do no one any good.  Apart from irrecoverable lives lost, wan-ton destruction of properties set the state backward instead of making progress. 

Equally disturbing is the issue of politically mo-tivated kidnapping which recently claimed the life of a member of the House of Assembly, the late Hon Hosea Ibi. 

We call on the Federal Government to show more commitment to protecting the state.  

It is only with a peaceful atmosphere that the Skills acquisition programmes and other peo-ple- oriented programmes and projects of the government can thrive. 

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