Jalingo - The Taraba Elders Forum of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) has endorsed the recent sacking of the Secretary to the State Government and some commissioners over alleged misappropriation of flood relief funds.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Ag. Gov. Garba Umar sacked the affected officials for allegedly mismanaging N400 million flood grant provided by Goodluck Jonathan for victims of 2012 flood disaster in the state.
The Chairman of the forum and former Minister of Internal Affairs, Mohammed Shata, made their position known at a media briefing in Jalingo on Thursday.
Shata advised the affected officers to behave honourably in order to avoid exposing themselves to public ridicule.
"As responsible and respected men and women in society, we did not see anything wrong in sacking government officials who cheated victims of flood disaster,'' he said.
Shata said the 20-member committee of elders met on Tuesday in Jalingo and decided to tell the world that what those who handled the 2012 flood disaster grant did was wrong and ought to be condemned.
He said the forum wondered why the affected executive council members were running to the court when available records as presented by the state House Assembly confirmed that they did not do the right thing during the exercise.
While commending the acting governor for continuing with the programmes of Gov. Danbaba Suntai, Shata wondered how a tuber of yam could be bought at N3 000 while a bag of beans was bought for N30 000.
He said that a situation where people who lost their houses and farms were given bathroom sleepers, while one bag of cement was shared among 10 persons was completely unacceptable.
NAN also recalls that the acting governor acted on the report of an ad-hoc committee of the State Assembly.
Consequently, Umar ordered for the removal of the SSG, five commissioners and two special advisers for mismanaging the flood grant from the Federal Government.