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Biography of Mr. Darius Ishaku

Darius Dickson Ishaku is the current governor of Taraba state, he  was born on July 30, 1954 to Mr Istifanus Ishaku and Mrs. Naomi Ishaku at Lupwe in Ussa Local Government Area of Taraba State. He is the fifth child out of a family of ten children.

He obtained  his first School Leaving Certificate at St Bartholomew's Primary School, Wusasa, Zaria in 1967, and his West African Examination Certificate (WASC) at St. Paul's College Kufena, Zaria in 1972. He attended the school of basic studies and passed out in 1974.


He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture in 1977 from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, and Masters Degrees in 1979.

He also did a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning. He was registered as a Member of the Nigerian Institute of Architechs in 1982 and became a fellow of the Institute in 2001. 

He is also a member of the Institute of Town Planners

As a young Architech, he worked with Inter Design Partnership in 1980, but however left to work with Bestarc International Association where he rose to the position of Director in 1983.

He registered his own Architectural firm called Excelare Partners where he became the Managing Director with head office at Kaduna and branch offices at Yola, Abuja and Jos.

His expertise at his job has produced several architectural designs of great significant all over the Country. Some of the construction jobs he participated in includes; The central post office(boat design), Garki Abuja;  the Market and shopping complex Area 7 Garki-Abuja; Faculty of distance learning and continuing Education, University of Abuja; Coordination of Development of Phase III District (FCDA) Abuja; 10 (Ten) storey residential Apartment blocks Abuja; Phase III General Land use Plan of Abuja Master Plan; 1000 Seat Lecture theatre and the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, ABU, Zaria; 250 Lecture Theatre and Medical Health Center, Nassarawa State University, Keffi; NARSDA Ministry of Science and Technology Housing Estate in Lagos.

He is the past Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs before he resigned in other to participate in the 2015 Gubernatorial polls. 

He however emerged as the Governor of Taraba State after a re-run election.

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