JUSTIN TYOPUUSU presents the woman behind the exploits of the Taraba State governor-elect, Arc. Darius Ishaku, Annah.

In just a matter of days from now, precisely on May 29, Nigerians would have a new government at the centre. In most states across the country, new faces in governance would emerge following the outcome of the just concluded general elections.Annah-Darius-Ishaku

While many are looking forward to new policies and programmes the new government at the centre and across states would bring about to fast track development, only a few are paying attention to those that may be working behind the scene.

In Taraba State, the people are concerned about the type of First Lady they will be having come May 29.

This high expectation is hinged on the fact that since the creation of the state on August 27, 1991, the state has not been opportune to have a First Lady of Barrister (Mrs.) Annah Darius Dickson Ishaku’s standing.

Barrister (Mrs.) Ishaku, a mother of five and a graduate of Law (L.LB) from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, went into private law practice in Makurdi for six years after her National Youth Service Corps Scheme, NYSC.

After her marriage, she left private practice and picked appointment with the Kaduna State Ministry of Justice, where she rose through the ranks and retired as a Permanent Secretary in the ministry.

Mrs Ishaku, who shared her career and life experience with journalists in Jalingo recently, said she started as a state prosecutor and rose to the position of Director of Public Prosecution, DPP within 10 years.

The incoming First Lady said she rose to the rank of Solicitor General under military rule and Permanent Secretary in the same Kaduna State Ministry of Justice, the position she held for six years under three governors.

Her vision for Taraba women

The wife of the governor-elect, who recently featured on a DJJ show Programme on Taraba Television, TTV, commended President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Dame Patience Jonathan for their support and encouragement to women, which today has placed women in positions of authority.

She however said, a lot need to be done to get Taraba women where they are supposed to be, because Taraba women have for long been backward.

She said: “Our women have been backward for so long. We need to work extra hard to get ourselves to where we are supposed to be.

“When we assume office, I will first of all bring the women together so that we can talk on how best to help the government in rebuilding those places that were destroyed during the crisis in the state.

“The crisis in the state has done us a lot of damage. We don’t know where some women and the children are at the moment and what they are passing through as we talk .These people need our support.

“During the campaign, we noticed that villages are crumbling, but these used to be places bubbling with life in the past.”

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