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Taraba government officials trade blame over diversion of FG palliatives 

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Governor Agbu Kefas of Taraba State

By our correspondent, Jalingo 

Controversy trails widespread allegations of diversion of palliatives sent to Taraba State by the federal government to cushion the effects of hard times.

Apex News Exclusive gathered that there is   public outcry in the  state over alleged diversion of  federal government palliative, comprising bags of Rice, Maize, Guinea Corn and Fertilisers released  to the state.

Findings revealed  that the commodities were allegedly re- bagged and sold to grain dealers in Jalingo while several bags of palliative and Fertilizer were also sold to traders from neighbouring states.

Our correspondent discovered that larger number of bags of the Federal government palliative were found in Jalingo main market and Kasuwan Yalwa and are being sold to the public at the normal market rates. 

The Federal government palliative which is an old stocks is sold at N1400 while the one from farmers which is fresh is sold per Mudu at  N1800 while bags of  fertilizers NPK and Urea are sold at the market prices of  N32,000 and N35,000 .

When contacted, the state Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs, Hon. Saviour Nokun confirmed that it was local government areas that first got the allocations and, adding  that if there was cases of diversion then it should be the council Chairmen. 

He confirmed that because of widespread outcry of alleged diversion of the communities, he personally visited the Jalingo main market and found the commodities in some market stores. 

Alhaji Hassan Aminu Jauro, Chairman, Jalingo Local Government who doubles as Chairman of ALGON in Taraba State has refused to comment on the matter as he has remained elusive, including declining to pick all  phone calls put across by our correspondent.

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