No, its not true – Govt

Sunday Trust - - NEWS - From Haruna Gimba Yaya, Gombe

The Zonal Vice Chair­man of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) in Gombe State, Mr Julius Ishaya, has ac­cused the Peo­ples’ Demo­cratic Party (PDP) led ad­min­is­tra­tion of hi­jack­ing the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s So­cial In­vest­ment Pro­gramme (SIP) in the state.

Mr Ishaya told news­men in Gombe, that the pro­gramme was not be­ing im­ple­mented prop­erly, al­leg­ing that the PDP hi­jacked it and ex­cluded APC mem­bers from ben­e­fit­ting from the scheme.

“Un­for­tu­nately, we don’t have an APC gov­ern­ment in Gombe. The PDPled gov­ern­ment that was en­trusted with the SIP, is bi­ased in im­ple­men­ta­tion of the pro­gramme.

“They have ex­cluded APC mem­bers from ben­e­fit­ing from our own pro­gramme. For in­stance, the school feed­ing pro­gramme which was meant to, among other things, take care of the nu­tri­tional needs of our chil­dren in schools, em­power farm­ers in lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties along the value chain, has been hi­jacked. The PDP in Gombe de­lib­er­ately chose their mem­bers and em­pow­ered them as ven­dors,” he al­leged.

Ishaya said Se­na­tor Muham­mad Dan­juma Goje was mis­un­der­stood when he asked ques­tions about the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the SIPs.

“Se­na­tor Goje’s in­ten­tion which I be­lieve is the same with that of Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari, was to en­sure bet­ter im­ple­men­ta­tion of the pol­icy all over the coun­try.

“Goje’s con­cern was that the PDP gov­ern­ment in Gombe is mak­ing a mess of the pro­gramme,” Ishaya added.

He ac­cused the mem­bers of the PDP of adopt­ing des­per­ate mea­sures, by politi­cis­ing his (Goje) re­cent com­ment, in or­der to cover “their shady deals”.

The zonal vice chair­man also hailed Pres­i­dent Buhari for declar­ing his in­ten­tion to seek re-elec­tion in 2019, say­ing the party in the state un­der the lead­er­ship of Se­na­tor Goje is be­hind him.

How­ever, the state Com­mis­sioner for In­for­ma­tion and Ori­en­ta­tion, Al­haji Umar Ahmed Nafada, de­bunked the al­le­ga­tion by the APC, de­scrib­ing it as un­founded.

The com­mis­sioner said the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the Con­di­tional Cash Trans­fer (CCT) and ven­dors un­der the school feed­ing pro­gramme were se­lected ir­re­spec­tive of their party af­fil­i­a­tion.

He said: “The list of ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the CCT who are the poor­est of the poor in the so­ci­ety are sub­mit­ted by lead­ers of their re­spec­tive com­mu­ni­ties in the three pilot LGAs of Balanga, Nafada and Ya­maltu Deba.

“The list con­tained names of all those who qual­i­fied ir­re­spec­tive of party af­fil­i­a­tion and was sub­mit­ted to the SIP of­fice in Abuja, which later ver­i­fied and se­lected those who are re­ceiv­ing the N5000 stipend monthly.

“Like­wise, in the school feed­ing pro­gramme, peo­ple were asked to fill forms af­ter which they were se­lected and en­gaged as food ven­dors and peo­ple across party lines are ben­e­fit­ting.”

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