TARABA FLOOD SCAM

TARABA FLOOD SCAM: WACSOF HAILS AG. GOVERONOR, OTHERS Following the recent flood scam rocking Taraba state, the West Africa Civil Society Forum (WACSOF), Nigeria Platform has hailed the courageous move by Acting Governor of the state, Alha…ji Garba Umar for wielding the big stick against eight top government officials allegedly involved in embezzling over N400 million intervention fund allocated to the state by Federal Government, primarily to alleviate the sufferings of the 2012 flood victims that ravaged many parts of the country in 2012 and rendered many residents in the homeless with loss of farms and property running into hundreds of millions of Naira.   Rather than mopping up the tears on the faces of the victims of the flood disaster, the SSG and his team as alleged by the House ad-hoc committee were said to have been busy smiling to their various banks with the funds that ought to have been used in assisting the victims of the flood. This act is shameless and a complete embarrassment not only to the Taraba people, but to the entire federation.  Corruption is always in the news; in fact it has become so common, that it is no longer surprising. It no longer shocks the sense, at least not for ordinary Nigerian, but what is not common in Government of the day is the axing of officials for misappropriation both at State and National level particularly when they are favored by the powers that be.    WACSOF describe this “ill action” of the flood committee as embarrassing and disgraceful to the state and indeed an abuse of office and the confidence reposed in them. We join the celebration of their removal, and urge other states and Federal government to follow suit in the eradication of such impunity going on at every facet of our political class.     WACSOF also give a thump up to the State House of Assembly which fingered the affected persons in the mismanagement. No doubt, this is democracy at its display and must be supported by every system and institution that believes in the tenets of democratic principle. This shows that there is a ray of light at the end of the tunnel for the Nation. WACSOF gathered that before the ailing governor of Taraba state, Danbaba Danfulani Suntai crashed in the light weight aircraft he was piloting, near Yola, the capital city of Adamawa state, it was gathered that he held an extraordinary meeting with special advisers and commissioners where he vented anger over the attempt by the SSG to front his company to supply relief materials.  WACSOF also observed that SEMA did not live up to expectation during the flood saga by not undertaking an assessment tour of the affected communities. This paved the way for the display of exaggerated figures. There was no proper market survey for the purchase of the relief materials by any of the concerned agencies hence, the bogus procurement figure.  WACSOF call on government at all level to shun any form of corrupt practice that has eaten deep into the fabrics of our common wealth. Due process must also be followed in every procurement process as an instrument for transparency and accountability. —
 
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