The acting Governor of Taraba State, Alhaji Garba Umar, has assured the people of the state that the governor of the state, Danbaba Danfulani Suntai, would soon be discharged from the hospital.

Suntai is currently on admission at John Hopkins Hospital in the United States of America.
The acting governor, who disclosed this yesterday in a broadcast to the people of the state to commemorate this year’s Democracy Day, revealed that the medical condition of the governor had remained progressively stable.

“We are pleased to note that the medical condition of our leader, Governor Danbaba Danfulani Suntai, has remained progressively stable and he is expected to be discharged soon from John Hopkins Hospital in the USA, where he has been receiving further treatment after his initial round at a German Hospital,” he disclosed.

Expressing gratitude to God for the miracle of rescuing Suntai and his personal aides from the air mishap that occurred on October 25, 2012 and their miraculous healing, Umar said he and the good people of the state were truly indebted to all who stood by and prayed for the state during its moment of trial.

The acting governor noted that as a committed and loyal lieutenant of Suntai, he had carried on the good works began by him since inception on May 29, 2007, stressing that he did not embark on any major project outside the development rolling plan articulated by the ailing governor.

He added that some of the projects had been executed steadfastly to a logical conclusion while others were at advanced stage.

Enumerating some of the projects, the acting governor noted that the 72-kilometre Jalingo-Sunkani-Garba Chede Road, which was a federal road had reached 99 per cent completion, while he had completed the process for the award of the 237-kilometer Bali-Serti-Gembu Road, which was another federal road being executed by the state government in line with the vision of Suntai.

Umar equally added that the construction of four kilometers of roads in each of the 16 local government areas of the state was progressing steadily, saying the projects had been certified completed in eight local government areas in the last assessment conducted by the technical committee for the projects, while the remaining eight local government areas were also at advanced stages of completion.

Umar, however, said since assuming office as acting governor, he, in conjunction with other state government functionaries had succeeded in stabilising the accounts and finances of the state by settling all monies owed to banks as well as honouring the state government obligations to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), CSDP, among others just as the state had successfully commenced the Subsidy Re-Investment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) with various components for 8,600 youths.

And in an effort to ensure maximum productivity, the acting governor disclosed that he had approved the re-instatement of the monthly over head costs (running costs) of MDAs effective from May, 2013 just as the government was concluding negotiations for the payment of new minimum wage to local government workers in the state and also had constituted committees for the payment.

Assuring the people of the state of the security of their lives and property, Umar insisted that despite the unexpected breach of the peace in Ibi and Wukari local government areas, which had long been brought under control, the security situation in the state had continued to be in top form.

He said the judicial commission of inquiry set up by the state government had begun the probe of the circumstances surrounding the eruption of the violence in the areas.