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Adamawa lawmakers summon deputy governor over IDPs’ alleged missing relief materials


Adamawa House of Assembly

The Adamawa House of Assembly has summoned Deputy Governor Martins Babale to appear before it tomorrow in respect of the alleged missing relief materials belonging to internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the state.

The summons comes barely two weeks after a group of All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftains from the southern zone asked Governor Muhammadu Jibrilla Bindow to remove him or lose the region in the forthcoming general elections.

The lawmakers also summoned for today the Commissioner for Finance, Alhaji Mahmoud Sale alongside the chairman of the Board of Internal Revenue, Alhaji Hamman Adama Njapari, to intimate it of the state’s finances from January to July this year.

Angry with the deputy governor over the recurring reports of missing trailers of relief materials allocated to the state by the Federal Government and other non-governmental organisations, the legislators maintained that as representatives of the people, it was incumbent on them to protect their rights.

Late last year, it was reported that some policemen attached to the deputy governor’s residence in Government House were arrested by his security aides and detained at the force headquarters for allegedly selling over 100 bags of rice and an undisclosed quantity of vegetable oil with labels reading “not for sale.”

Trouble began on the floor of the House yesterday when the member representing Demsa constituency, Lumsambani Dili, took 27 minutes to speak on the hardship of the IDPs “despite the massive supplies of relief materials by the Federal Government.”

The former bank manager further moved a motion that the deputy governor, who doubles as Commissioner for Special Duties, should be ordered to appear tomorrow on the floor of the chamber by 10 a.m. to explain the distribution of the relief materials “without the targeted beneficiaries feeling the good gesture of the government.”

The motion was seconded by the member representing Verre constituency, Abdullahi Umaru Yapak.

In a related development, the Presidential Committee on North East Initiative (PCNI) has begun the distribution of 600 tonnes of fertiliser to returning farmers in nine southern council areas of Borno State.

PCNI chairman, General Theophilus Danjuma (rtd), represented by Professor Hauwa Biu, made the disclosure while officially kicking off the exercise at Jaura Shehu in Bayo.

He said the gesture was to boost food sufficiency and sustenance for the people, especially the IDPs in the insurgency-ravaged region.

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