The Taraba State House of Assembly yesterday passed a vote of confidence on the state governor, Darius Ishaku, saying allegations of absenteeism and poor performance against the governor were false.
The House said it will not be used by unpatriotic persons or group of persons who, for selfish reasons, are making unwarranted remarks and insinuations about the health status of the governor and his administration.
The lawmakers took the position following the plethora of criticisms by the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Taraba State chapter, against the governor who is accused of ill-health, globetrotting and performing Bellow average.
Debunking allegations of poor performance and continuous absence from Jalingo, the state capital, the lawmakers insisted that the records of performance by Governor Ishaku are there for all and sundry to see.
The motion for the vote of confidence was moved on the floor of the House by deputy Speaker of the House and member representing Bali II constituency, Hon. Harman Adama.
The Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Hon Albasu Kunini, while reading the resolution which was sign by two-third of members of the House, said the vote of confidence on the governor was based on the track record of the governor and his deputy since their re-lection in the last gubernatorial election in 2019.
Kunini said, “Since inauguration on the 29th of May, 2019, the government of Taraba State under the able leadership of His Excellency, Arch. Darius Ishaku, has in spite of deliberate distractions been performing its functions for the betterment of the lives of the teaming masses of Taraba State.
“For instance, within the period in question, Governor Ishaku has carefully constituted and inaugurated an all-inclusive executive council. The governor has reduced to the bearest minimum the incessant cases of communal, violence, kidnappings and armed banditry that had bedeviled the state.
“He awarded contract and mobilized the contractors for dualization of Jauro Yino – Kpanti Napu section of the Wukari – Yola highway with provision for the first ever fly over in the Northeast sub region of the country.”
The Speaker pointed out that key among the achievements of the governor was the consistent payment of civil servants’ salaries and the recent employment of 300 personnel into the state civil service, which has been able to boost employment in the state.
“By every standard, the governor and his deputy have performed above average within the present circumstances. This House as a representative of the entire people of Taraba State, therefore, hereby move and let it be resolved by honourable members of the house that a vote of confidence be unanimously passed on the governor and his deputy, Haruna Manu.”