Darius Dickson Ishaku
Taraba State, Federal Republic of Nigeria
Darius Ishaku is the Executive Governor of Taraba State. He was the past Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs before he resigned in other to participate in the 2015 Gubernatorial polls. 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 began his early Education at St Bartholomew's Primary School, Wusasa, Zaria in 1961 and obtained his first School Leaving Certificate in 1967. Darius Ishaku then proceeded for his Secondary Education at St. Paul's College Kufena, Zaria where he obtained his West African Examination Certificate (WASC) in 1972.
He then went to the school of basic studies and passed out in 1974 after which he gained admission into the School of Architecture, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture in 1977. Darius did not stop there, but went further to obtain Masters Degrees in 1979. He there fore develop interest in architecture and the study how to design buildings and other structures. In 1974, he was admited into school of Architecture Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he obtained his Bachelor's of Science Degree in Architecture in 1977. Darius Ishaku his National Youth Service at the Imo State Ministry of Works and Housing from 1979 to 1980.
His desire to study Architecture was born out of the fact that his father was a building Contractor and he usually accompanied his father to his various sites of construction. After his masters degree in Architecture, 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. Darius Ishaku 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. Through hardwork and courage he set out on his own by registering 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.
It is imperative to note that he has been committed in providing free services in design, consultancy and supervision of several projects, which are beneficial to the welfare of the common man, some of which includes; Mitosath Clinic (River Blindness Clinic/Hospital) Jos; Renovation of Hekan Cathedral and Primary School Kaduna; Design and Supervision of Church Building Gubuchi-Ikara, Kaduna State.; Design and Supervision of Hekan Church, Jalingo Taraba State; Albarka Baptist Church Kaduna; Jukun Bible Institute Wukari Taraba State; Christian Reformed Church of Christ in Nigeria Hospital, Takum Taraba State.