Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State has said he would rather sacrifice his life to ensure the safety of lives of people of the state.
Ishaku, who noted that the death of any life in the state was injurious to him, said: “Perhaps I’m the only one who knows how deeply hurt I feel when I hear of the death of any Taraba citizen due to crisis or, as a matter of fact, for any other reasons.
“Of all the things Taraba people look up to me for, the preservation of their lives and property is number one. If I fail to protect them, then I’ve really failed. So, that’s why I said I would give my life; I would rather be sacrificed than any Taraba person, no matter his tribe, religion or status.
“I won’t allow any Taraba person die because of any violence. It won’t happen under my watch and I mean it. I would not sleep until there is peace everywhere in the state.”
Ishaku, who made these assertions in an interaction with journalists, said the era of keeping the media out of government activities was gone as the emphasis was now on partnership.
He said he was a beneficiary of the work of journalists, especially in ensuring that people’s mandate was protected, noting that the dinner was designed to foster better relationships between the state and the media.
He said: “I consider my self a friend of the media and have always sought ways to have a better relationship. Back in our state, we are actively pursuing the digitization project of our television and radio outfits.
“We now have 17 hours of television and the radio is also enhanced because we have phased out obsolete equipment. We believe someday, we can have 24 hours TV. We have a newspaper, the Sunrise newspaper, that’s has now relapsed but we are working hard to revive it.
“What we did was to take over 80 staff and subsumed them into other ministries for their salaries. When we are done digitising, we shall go back to the paper.”
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