From GODWIN AGIA, Jalingo
Residents of Taraba State have identified qualities which the next governor of the state must possess.
According to them, the next governor of the state must be another Jolly Nyame or Danbaba Suntai, stressing that on no account must he possess the qualities of Dairus Ishaku, incumbent governor of the state.
The residents made their feelings known while fielding questions from journalists on who they wish to be their next governor irrespective of party affiliation.
According to them, they do not want an Ishaku type, they want another Jolly Nyame or Danbaba Suntai as the next governor of Taraba to restore the state’s lost glory.
They decried the infrastructural decay and what they described as the dismal eight years of Governor Darius Ishaku in the state, and prayed that the next governor should be a person to return the state on the path of greatness.
The residents, Mr. Eric Nashuka Wukari, Jubri Ando, and festus Agbu, lamented the state of the Jolly Nyame Stadium Jalingo, Taraba State College of Nursing and Midwifery Jalingo, Taraba State Specialist Hospital Jalingo and the Taraba Motel Jalingo which hitherto were the revenue hubs of the state.
They also regretted that Governor Ishaku has abandoned the institutions to decay without constructing new ones.
Hear them;”We wish to have another Jolly Nyame or Danbaba Suntai to be the next governor of Taraba state. We don’t want another Darius Ishaku who would come and destroy the working sector without establishing any.
“You can imagine the state of the Jolly Nyame stadium Jalingo, Taraba state college of nursing and midwifery Jalingo, Taraba state specialist hospital Jalingo and the Taraba Motel Jalingo which hitherto were the revenue hubs of the state. These great institutions are decaying to the last degree but the governor doesn’t mind and the specialist hospital is gradually becoming a disease contracting centre due to lack of running cost since seven years ago.
“No meaningful project has been executed in the state since 2015 and the state debt profile has risen from N117 billion to over N300 billion naira.
“All the revenue generating institutions you see in Taraba were established by either, Jolly Nyame or late.Governor Danbaba Suntai. We have never seen a poor government like the one of Governor Darius Ishaku, he has failed completely, he has no meaningful project to be point at since 2015.
“He embarked on the construction of 192 km of rural roads since 2015 but up till now, none of the road has been completed and the only greenhouse he constructed has since collapsed.
“The best thing God would do to us as a people of Taraba state is to ensure that an Ishaku type is not elected again as governor in the state. If a Nyame or Danbaba type is elected as governor, Taraba state would regain her lost position of greatness and be in the contending position of development amongst great Nigeria states”.