Taraba seeks compensation for tourism development in Mambila

Rebecca Muazu

Taraba State Commissioner of Works and Transport, Dr. Tafarki Agbadu

The Taraba State Commissioner of Works and Transport, Dr. Tafarki Agbadu, has urged the Federal Government to pay compensation to the people of Mambila Plateau, for the development of tourism and electricity in the area.

Dr. Agbadun told Voice of Nigeria that the Mambila Plateau was a very beautiful area that when developed, could attract a lot tourists to the area and also generate electricity, which could be exported to other countries.

The Taraba State Commissioner of Works, however, said the people of the area, located in five local government areas of Sardauna, Kurmi, Gashaka, Donga and Usa, were yet to be compensated and that development was also yet to commence.

Mambilla Plateau, Taraba state

According to Dr. Agbadun, Taraba State has so far spent over 11 billion naira on the Bali-Serti-Gembu Road, which the Federal Government was yet to refund.  

The Taraba State Capital, Jalingo, could boast of a few tarred roads, but the Commissioner of Works and Transport, Dr. Tafarki Agbadu, said many others have been constructed, while some have been rehabilitated.

“We have a very beautiful place on the Mambila Plateau, you can develop it for tourist attraction; the electricity, if we develop the power there, it can be very beneficial to the entire country and you can sell it to other countries. So the best thing, they should paying lip service to the place, pay the local people the compensation and start the thing. My current boss, my principal, Governor, Architect Darius Dickson Ishaku, when he was in the State Ministry of Power, he developed the survey and design of the place, it is only at that level. As of now they have not started anything,” Dr. Agbadu said.

College of Nursing and Midwifery, Jalingo was not admitting students since its construction, due to lack of accreditation, but when Governor Darius Ishaku came on board, he released the money for accreditation and it was developed.

The Commissioner of Works in Taraba said there was a success story of a water system, Taraba State, where a Green House to boost agriculture and provide vegetables that is scarce in Jalingo.

Dr. Abbadu also said under the present administration of Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku, the people in the state could now fly directly from the state to Abuja, three times a week.

“Let me tell you when you go to Taraba State now, we have Green House cucumber, lettuce, green beans and other things in Taraba State. I only saw those things first in Israel and Plateau, very close to Vom, Baba Jang did it, but now they are at my door steps,” said Dr. Agbadu.

Other developments in Taraba state are the recruitment of 3,000 secondary school teachers; training of 67 professionals to the Nairobi Water and Sewerage Agency on hands-on for the Jalingo water project; signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Dangote Group for the Lau Sugar Industry; the empowerment of 300 youths through skill acquisition as well as the rehabilitation of the General hospitals in Wukari, Bali and Karim Lamido.

The Ishaku Administration has also constructed 100 boreholes and signed contracts for additional 150, while the sum of 200 million naira has been provided for surface water development and rainwater harvest in Sardauna and Karim Lamido Local Government Areas.