Ishaku knocks FG over relief intervention in Taraba

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The Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, on Monday, accused the of by-passing the state government the distribution of relief assistance to the people of the State.

Ishaku stated this shortly after he inspected the areas Jalingo, the State capital that were affected by flood on Saturday.

The Governor, who called on the to assist victims of the flood, however, lamented that most times relief assistance from the Federal Government do not pass the Taraba government, the situation he described as “unknown procedure”.

“Last week I understand the ministry of Humanitarian Affairs were here sharing money to people. I tried to get to the Minister, but I couldn’t get her.

“Generally, assistance from the doesn’t get us Taraba and even when it does, it comes through some certain proxies. This is an unknown procedure.

“Any help that is coming to Taraba should come through the government. We have established ways of doing things the state. We have the State Emergency Management Agency and the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs existing in the State.

“I see no reason why the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs cannot liaise with her counterpart ministry the state in reaching out to the people,” he lamented.

While pledging the state government’s support to the victims of the flood, Ishaku said the victims will be relocated to other areas to avoid a repeat of the incident.

The flood submerged over 300 houses and washed away farmlands Lau, Karim Lamido, Jalingo and Ibi Local Government areas of the State.