Taraba State Acting Governor, Garba Umar, has sacked the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Emmanuel Njiwah, five commissioners and two special advisers for allegedly mismanaging N400 million flood mitigating grant.
A statement signed by the Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Kefas Sule, in Jalingo, stated that the grant was allocated to the state by the Federal Government to cater for flood victims.
The statement said the sack followed the recommendations of the ad hoc committee set up by the state House of Assembly to probe the utilisation of the funds.
“They were indicted by the House of Assembly for failing to properly account for the N400 million Federal Government intervention fund for the 2012 flood disaster in Taraba,” the News Agency of Nigeria quoted the press secretary as saying in the statement.
The commissioners affected are: Mr. Anthony Jellason (Agriculture); Mr. Rabo Usma (Water Resources); Mr. Yakubu Agbaizo (Education); Jonah Agyo (Works) and Miss Christy Green (Women Affairs).
Others are Joshua Augustine, Special Adviser, Revenue, and Manasseh Kaura, Special Adviser Border Development.
The statement disclosed that the Commissioner for Health, Mustapha Hamman-Gabdo, had earlier tendered his resignation, which was accepted by the governor.
“The affected functionaries are to individually refund the various sums of money misappropriated by them or face prosecution,” the statement added.