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N400m Flood Grant: Taraba Sacks SSG, Commissioners, Others

The Taraba State acting governor, Garba Umar, has sacked the secretary to the state government, Emmanuel Njiwah, five commissioners and two special advisers for allegedly mismanagingN400 million flood mitigating grant.


A statement signed by the press secretary to the Governor, KefasSule, said the sack followed the recommendations of a report of the ad-hoc committee of the State House of Assembly set up to probe the utilisation of the funds.


“They were indicted by the House of Assembly for failing to properly account for the N400 million Federal Government intervention fund for the 2012 flood disaster in Taraba,” the statement said.


It added: “The affected functionaries are to individually refund the various sums of money misappropriated by them or face prosecution.”


The commissioners affected are: Anthony Jellason, Agriculture;Rabo Usman, Water Resources; Yakubu Agbaizo, Education; JonahAgyo, Works and Christy Green, Women Affairs.


Others are Joshua Augustine, Special Adviser, Revenue, andManasseh Kaura, Special Adviser, Border Development.


The statement stated that the Commissioner for Health, MustaphaHamman-Gabdo, had earlier tendered his resignation, which was accepted by the governor.


The N400 million grant was allocated to the state by the Federal Government to cater for its flood victims.