Gombe - A transporter is under investigation after the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) recovered relief material allegedly diverted in Gombe State.
The material has been distributed them directly to victims of windstorm in Bangoba community of Kakara in Sardauna Local Government Area of Taraba State for whom they were meant.
This was disclosed in a statement on Tuesday by Sani Datti, Public Relations Officer of the agency.
According to Datti, there was an attempted diversion of relief items, which was successfully intercepted by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps following a tip off.
He said the unnamed prime suspect was under investigation.
He stated that a committee had been constituted to investigate the attempted diversion with a charge to unravel possible internal collaboration and look out for gaps in official processing and transportation of relief items to beneficiaries with a view to forestall future occurrence.
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“Whenever there is approval for relief materials to disaster victims, a notification letter containing details of quantities of the items is usually sent to the state officials for acknowledgment,” said Datti.
He urged state officials to always crosscheck items delivered to them for the benefit of victims of disasters.
He said although the relief items in the two trucks being diverted were found to be intact, according to the approval from the agency, the agency had decided that henceforth any relief materials leaving its warehouse would be escorted by officials to its destination.
A leader of the community, Jauro Yaya who was also a victim of a recent windstorm, said they were of the diversion but thanked the Federal Government for the eventual delivery of the relief assistance.
- CAJ News