Taraba Executive Council Members (2019 – 2023)

List of Executive Council Members from 2015 – 2019 under Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku’s administration (second tenure).

Arch. Darius Dickson IshakuGovernorTakum
Engr. Haruna ManuDeputy GovernorGassol
Hon. Anthony JellasonSecretary to the State GovernmentZing
Hon. Suzy Jemima Nathans, MNIHead of ServiceKurmi
Rt. Hon. Istifanus Gbana (Resigned)Chief of StaffDonga
Dr. Badina Garba (Resigned)Commissioner, PowerKarim Lamido
Taninga Paninga BingaCommissioner, Special Duties and Hum. ServicesDonga
Solomon ElishaCommissioner, Budget and PlanningKurmi
Adamu Ibrahim D.Commissioner, Transport and AviationBali
Edward Gideon BarayaCommissioner, Education (Tertiary)Karim Lamido
Naphtali Habu Kefas (Late)Commissioner, Poverty and AlleviationWukari
Jesse AdiCommissioner, FinanceWukari
Danjuma Anyeze Adamu (Relieved)Commissioner, Information and ReorientationWukari
Dr. Innocent VakkaiCommissioner, HealthArdo Kola
Gambo NdaforCommissioner, Land and SurveyDonga
Yusuf AkirikwenCommissioner, Water ResourcesUssa
Sam B. AddaCommissioner, JusticeWukari
Hauwa KwennaCommissioner, Women Affairs
Aliyu DankaroCommissioner, HousingTakum
Joseph Obadiah AssehCommissioner, Culture and TourismIbi
Alexander M. Senlo (Late)Commissioner, Rural DevelopmentZing
Alhassan Hamman GassolCommissioner, Science and TechnologyGassol
Bridget TwarCommissioner, Social DevelopmentGassol
Dr. David IshayaCommissioner, Agricultural ResourcesYorro
Johannes JigemCommissioner, Basic and Secondary EducationSardauna
Yusuf Tanimu Njeke (Relieved)Commissioner, Commerce, Trade and IndustrySardauna
Ibrahim LawanCommissioner, Environment and SanitationGashaka
Irimiya Hamman-JuldeCommissioner, WorksLau
Sale Sa’adCommissioner, Urban DevelopmentJalingo
Ibrahim Adam Imam (Resigned)Commissioner, Youth and SportsJalingo

Taraba is a State in Nigeria. The capital city is Jalingo,

The State was established in 1991.

It is located in North Eastern Nigeria.

Taraba State was carved out of the former Gongola State and was named after the Taraba river.

 Mambilla plateau, Taraba

Taraba is surrounded by the states of Bauchi and Gombe to the north; Adamawa to the east; Cameroon to the south; and Benue, Nassarawa, and Plateau to the west.

The Mumuye, Jukun, Chamba, Tiv, Kuteb, and Ichen tribes make up the majority of the population, and they are concentrated in the southern portion of the state. The Wurkum, Mumuye, and Kona tribes are concentrated in the northern section of the state.

Taraba State has sixteen (16) local government areas, which include Ardo Kola, Bali, Donga, Gashaka, Gassol, Ibi, Jalingo, Karim Lamido, Kurmi, Lau, Sardauna, Takum, etc.

 Mambilla hydro electric power project in Taraba

Also in the state, there are different tribes that are under these local governments, and they include Fulfulde, Kona, Mumuye, Etkywan; Fam; Gbaya, Jukun, Kam, Dza, Tiv, and Fulfulde, among others.

The state has some modern roads running north to Yola, west to Bauchi town, and south to Makurdi town, while the Benue River allows for river transport.

Taraba is located in northern Nigeria and it is surrounded by mountains; the popular one is the Mambilla Plateau.

In the 1980s developed a game reserve named Gashaka/Gumti National Park.

Taraba State was created from Gongola State. This was done during the military administration of General Ibrahim Babangida on August 27, 1991.

During the creation of the state, which was named after Taraba river, there was the need to establish the capital city for it, and then Jalingo was named.

There are over 40 different tribes in the state, speaking the Taraba State language.

The Mumuye, Jukun and Mambilla peoples, among whom there are sizable numbers of Christians, make up the majority of the population of Taraba state.

Prominent tourists areas include Mambilla Tourist Center, Gumpti Park, and the game reserve in Gashaka.

the Nwunyu Fishing Festival in Ibi, which typically takes place in April each year and features events like canoe racing, swimming competitions, and cultural dances, have all seen improvements thanks to the government’s concerted efforts.

There are numerous festivals celebrated by the people of Taraba State, such as the Purma of the Chamba in Donga, the Takum and Jibu culture dance in Bali, the Tagba of the Acha People in Takum, the Kuchecheb of the Kutebs in Takum and Ussa, the Kati of the Mambilla, and many more.

Meanwhile, since Taraba is wealthy and home to numerous ethnic groups, including Fulanis, Kuteb Chamba, Yandang, Mumuyes, Mambila, Wurkums, Janjo, Jukun, Ichen, Tiv, Kaka, Pena, Kambu, kodei, Wawa, Vute, Hausa, and Ndola, it is referred to as “Nature’s gift to the nation.”

The major occupation of the Taraba people is agriculture. Although at the time it was created, the farmers indulged in subsistence farming, now, the farmers are commercially inclined. Thus, farmers in the state cultivate corn, sorghum, millet, rice, yams, sugarcane, and cassava (manioc) (maize). Additionally, river fishing and the herding of cattle, goats, and sheep are significant in Taraba State.

Furthermore, rubber and oil palm trees have been planted in the state’s southwest, while in the far south, the Mambilla Mountain area of the Adamawa Plateau offers a tsetse-free grassy highland that is ideally suited for cattle grazing.

On a similar scale, people also produce livestock in various ways, such as raising chickens, breeding rabbits, and raising pigs. Communities that live along the banks of the rivers Benue, Taraba, Donga, and Ibi fish all year long. Other occupations, including blacksmithing, carving, needlework, mat-making, ceramics, cloth-weaving, dyeing, and cloth-weaving are also practiced throughout the state.