Barr. (Mrs.) Anna Mbasughun Darius Ishaku, wife of the Taraba State Governor was born on the 24th of August, 1957. She hails from Vandeikya Local Government Area of Benue State and is married with 5 children.
Barr. Anna Ishaku began her educational pursuit at St. Bartholomew’s Primary School, Wusasa, Zaria from 1964-1969; where she proceeded to Girls High School Gindiri between 1969-1973. She thereafter enrolled into the School of Basic Studies, ABU-Zaria between 1975-1976 and into the Faculty of Law of the same institution in 1976 where she graduated with Law Degree in 1979. She further attended Nigerian Law School, Lagos in 1979 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1980.
She started her career in the National Youth Service as Legal Aid Council in Kano after which she joined the Private firm of Sam Tsumba and Company in Makurdi, where she was engaged in private practice until 1985 when she left to join her husband in Kaduna.
She was employed in the Ministry of Justice Kaduna State, as a Senior State Counsel in 1986 and rose to the ranks of Assistant Director, then Acting Director Public Prosecutions where she was appointed the Solicitor-General and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry in 1997, a position she held until 2002 when she left to join the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice as Chief Registrar.
Barr. Anna Ishaku was one time Chairperson and is also a life member of the International Federation of Women Lawyers, (FIDA). She was one time Treasurer, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Kaduna Branch. She was a Member, African Network for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, (ANPCAN), Kaduna Branch and Legal Adviser to the Association of the Physically Challenged, Kaduna Branch.
Her Excellency has held the following non-Political Appointments:
Chancellor – Anglican Diocese of Katsina, 1994 – Date.
Deputy Chancellor – Anglican Diocese of Kaduna.
Legal Adviser – Our Saviour’s Anglican School.
She has attended the following workshops and training:
New Constitution and Transition to Civil Rule 1989.
Crime and Crimes Control- 1990.
International Contract Negotiations 1990.
Use of Computer Print – Out Evidence 1992.
Challenges of legal practice in the 21st Century Nigeria.
Training on Preparation of Budget.
Training in Advocacy, Mobilization, and Counselling Skills 1998.
International Visitors Program on US Judicial System 2001.
Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program, US sponsored Mediation and Leadership Training in Minnesota University, USA.
She enjoys Gardening and Listening to Music.
Some Major Achievements, Trainings, Visits and Awards for Barr. Anna Darius Ishaku&s Second Year in Office.
Commissioning of borehole at the Mutum Biyu IDP Camp, Gassol LGA.
Revisit to Ndola to mark one year of the legendary trip and receive the award of Naa Ndola from the people of NGADA Special Development Area.
Drug Sensitisation campaign in Northern, Southern and Central Taraba on the dangers of substance abuse.
THE HOPE HEALTH CENTER(HHC), An initiative of the Hope Afresh Foundation, the pet project of her Excellency Barr. Anna Darius Ishaku, (Naa Ndola). The hope center is committed to the improvements of lives to the citizens of Taraba, living with the devastating effects of substance abuse and lessening the adverse impact on families and societies as a whole. through the provision of a range of quality treatment options, these health care is a major step of moving the State forward.
The 2017 Maiden Edition of Taraba Cultural Carnival (TCC) An initiative of Barr. Anna Darius Ishaku, with the theme: Celebrating our Culture and Heritage, was full of fun and thrills as a host of people from all over the state both indigene and non-indigenes, gathered to celebrate with the peace-loving Tarabans.
Hope Afresh Foundation Taraba has gone into partnership with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to train at least 10,000 people in various skills in the State. The first set of participants undergoing entrepreneurship training organized by the Hope Afresh Foundation Taraba in collaboration with Central Bank of Nigeria have graduated with four hundred and fifty graduating participants. Over five thousand people have been trained in different skills by Hope Afresh Foundation Taraba.
Her Excellency Barr.Anna Ishaku, Sealed a partnership with the Trans- Atlantic Group LLC headed by the Regional Director Dr. Samuel Darison as regards the ”HOPE CENTRE” established by Her Excellency to help rehabilitate drug addicts in Taraba State.
Barr. Anna Ishaku named ‘the Face of Hard to Reach’ by the Ministry of Health, has impacted people in different areas and has gone to places no Governor’s wife has done in Taraba State. Changing lives is her priority in the Health Sector through the Medical Health Outreach in various Local Government Areas.
The first lady of Taraba state Barr.Anna Ishaku, with the Hope Afresh Foundation presented gift items to certain groups of the taraba community.The groups which include Rock Foundation Orphanage kumbo, Magami Special for the blind, Special school for the blind Gargbabi and Jukunhun Adult Education received items such as Maize, Rice, Millet, Sugar, Salt and Slippers.
Renovation and fencing of the Christian Cemetery in Magami and Jeka Da Fari, Jalingo.
Hope Afresh Foundation Taraba held a Stakeholders Workshop and Meeting on Treatnet Practitioners Level Training in Evidence-Based Drug Dependence Treatment In Taraba State.A Collaboration Between The United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC) and Taraba State Government.
Her Excellency, Barr. Anna Darius Ishaku organised a one week Train the Trainers Workshop of Candidates from Ngada Special Development Area. The training is simply to improve Skills and Knowledge.
A group of students who have benefitted from the Student Exchange Programme visited Her Excellency Barr Anna Darius Ishaku. The exchange Programme which is a structure of the US State Department is a platform for representatives of different States in different countries around the world to participate in developmental training in various sectors, all to proffer solutions for peaceful co-existence, growth, and development among people.
Several women groups in the State paid a courtesy visit to Wife of the Executive Governor of Taraba State Barr. Anna Ishaku. The visit was centered on fostering unity among different ethnic group in the state for the forthcoming maiden cultural carnival to take place in December. Some of the Women representatives who spoke on behalf of the groups pledged to be part of the festival.
The Trans- Atlantic Group (an American Company), North Carolina, U.S.A with Her Excellency Barr. Anna Ishaku (Na&a Ndola) took an excursion to the proposed permanent site of the First Rehabilitation Centre at the Specialist Hospital, Jalingo Taraba State.The American Company pledges to work in synergy with Taraba State Government on eradicating the Scourge of Drug Abuse in the State.
In its concerted efforts at salvaging the environment from desert encroachment and its attendant consequences, the Permanent Secretaries&Spouses Association, PSSA today conducted a tree planting exercise at the NYSC Orientation Camp in Jalingo. Speaking at the venue of the event, the wife of the Taraba State Governor, Barr. Anna Darius Ishaku expressed delight over the event stressing that &it is one thing to do something, and another for one to have partners who are willing to support
The Taraba State Government, Primary Health Care Development Agency (P.H.C.D.A) and Partners like the United Nations International Children&s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and Wealth Health Organization (W.H.O), Barr. Anna Ishaku regarding Maternal and Child Health week.
In its efforts at salvaging the environment from desert encroachment and its attendant consequences, the Permanent Secretaries&Spouses Association, PSSA conducted a tree planting exercise at the NYSC Orientation Camp in Jalingo which was chaired by Her Excellency Barr. Anna Darius Ishaku. Barr. Anna Ishaku is an advocate of planting trees rather than uprooting them, therefore her Hope Afresh Foundation Taraba is out to support and train people to do the job, as the exercise of planting trees will benefit the forthcoming generation.
Wife of the Executive Governor of Taraba State Barr. Anna Darius Ishaku received an award of Christian Love by the United Methodist Church of Christ in Nigeria (UMCN) Southern Conference Pastors wives.