Governor Agbu Kefas of Taraba State made a significant announcement during his Independence Day address, granting amnesty to 17 inmates serving various jail terms in the state’s correctional facilities. This humanitarian gesture was based on their good conduct and the recommendation of the State Advisory Council on the Prerogative of Mercy. Additionally, four death row convicts had their sentences commuted to life imprisonment, demonstrating the governor’s commitment to upholding justice and fairness.
Amnesty for Good Conduct
Governor Agbu Kefas emphasized that the amnesty was a reflection of the country’s 63rd independence celebration. The inmates were chosen for their exemplary behaviour and rehabilitation progress. This decision aligns with paragraph (d) of sub-section (1) of section 212 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), which grants the governor the power to grant clemency.
The governor also used this occasion to shed light on his administration’s ambitious plans for the state. He expressed a strong commitment to transforming Taraba into an agricultural powerhouse through the introduction of mechanization in the agricultural sector. This initiative aims to boost food production and enhance food security, ensuring a prosperous future for the state’s citizens.
Education and Healthcare
Recognizing education as a cornerstone for development, Governor Kefas revealed plans to ensure that all Tarabans have access to quality education. The state is dedicated to providing educational opportunities that will unlock its full potential. Furthermore, the healthcare sector will undergo rehabilitation, with a focus on improving the welfare of health workers and providing a healthy environment for the people of Taraba.
Basic infrastructure is crucial for economic growth and development. The governor announced his administration’s commitment to enhancing infrastructure, including the expansion of the state’s airport. These investments in infrastructure will not only improve transportation but also create opportunities for economic growth and job creation.
Governor Kefas underscored his administration’s resolve to collaborate with relevant security agencies to eradicate criminal activities, especially the menace of kidnappers and criminals that have been terrorizing the state. Ensuring the safety and security of Taraba’s residents is a top priority for his government.
Governor Agbu Kefas’s decision to grant amnesty to 17 inmates and commute the sentences of four death row convicts on Nigeria’s 63rd Independence Day reflects his commitment to justice, fairness, and the welfare of Taraba’s citizens. His administration’s comprehensive plans for agriculture, education, healthcare, infrastructure, and security promise a brighter future for the state. As Taraba State moves forward, these initiatives will play a vital role in its progress and development.