Tension in Taraba community over name change of an institution

There is palpable tension in Dan-Anacha village in Gassol local government area of the State following a directive by the State Governor, Darius Ishaku for the immediate change of Government Day Secondary School Dan-Anacha to Government Day Secondary School Kwararafa.

Local residents of the village said the name change was an affront on the people of the area considering the fragile peace of the State.

In a circular dated 15th November, 2019 and signed by the Executive Secretary Post Primary School Management Board, David Mailafiya the Governor ordered the name change of the school in the former Dan-Anacha village to Kwararafa.

The circular reads; “I write to inform you that approval has been granted by the Executive Governor of Taraba State Arc. Darius Ishaku for the change of name of Dan-Anacha village to Kwararafa with immediate effect.

“By this directive, the name of the school in the former Dan-Anacha village would henceforth be named Government Day Secondary School Kwararafa.

“All sign posts and relevant documents should be changed to the new name immediately please,” the circular read.

But the youths in the area accused Governor Darius Ishaku of inviting trouble in the area, saying his action have proven allegations against him that he was only preaching peace in media but fueling crisis in the State.

“This place is not Kwararafa, this is Dan-Anacha, Kwararafa is kilometres away from here, but the Governor want to expand the territory of his kinsmen by all means, but this is not workable.

“His action is just to tell us the Tiv people who found the town that we don’t belong here. The Governor should stay action on name change because it is capable of breaching the peace of the area,” Mr. Jude Amo told our correspondent in a telephone interview.

But in his reaction, Senior Special Assistant to Governor Darius Ishaku on Media and Publicity, Mr. Bala Dan-Abu said the people should maintain peace as the name change was not a new development.

“The name change enjoy the support of government over two years ago when it was effected.

“Changing the name does not mean the people living in the area will be asked pack and leave.

“I want to call on the people of the area to support the government and not do things that would jeopardize the peace of the area.” Dan Abu appealed.

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