Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), especially women and children, were disappointed yesterday when they learnt that Taraba State government did not release grains sent to them by President Muhammadu Buhari. The IDPs had converged on the Federal Government Science and Technical College, Jalingo, the state capital to collect the grains.
The kick off of the distribution of Presidential Support Maize to IDPs turned to a crying event as the would be beneficiaries started shedding tears when the President’s representative, the Minister of Women Affairs, Senator Aisha Alhassan, told them that the state government had refused to hand over the grains to her for the distribution.
She said: “Mr. President had graciously provided maize to be given to IDPs in the North-East states. The President further directed all ministers in the six states of the North-East to go back to their states and conduct the distribution exercise.”
The minister announced that 10 metric tons (20 trucks, 12,000 bags) of maize had been allocated for distribution to IDPs in Taraba State. She added: “The grains were brought into Taraba State by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and delivered to the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) for safe keeping and with clear instructions to hand them over to the minister upon her arrival for the distribution exercise.” Alhassan also disclosed that she was informed that only 19 trucks were received as one truck was yet to be delivered by the transporter