By Mohammed Kandi
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has recovered relief materials diverted by a transporter in Gombe state and 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.
A statement by Sani Datti, Senior Information Officer in NEMA quoted the agency’s Director-General, Muhammad Sani Sidi, as saying “there was an attempted diversion of relief items which was successfully intercepted by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps following a tip off and he commended them for a job well done.”
Sani Sidi, who said the prime suspect who was the transporter is under investigation, informed that “a committee has 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.”
He said: “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.’’
According to him, state officials should always cross-check items delivered to them for the benefit of victims of disasters.
He said the relief items in the two diverted trucks were found to be intact, adding that, the agency would henceforth ensure that any relief material leaving its warehouse is escorted by officials to its destination.
A leader in the benefiting community, Jauro Yaya, thanked the federal government for the eventual delivery of the relief assistance.