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Gaidam tackles Maihaja, says Yobe never received single relief item from NEMA

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Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, has said that his state never received any relief item from the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, since the current Director General Mustapha Maihaja took over.

The governor stated this to the House of Representatives during an investigative hearing by the House Committee on Emergency Disaster Preparedness on Thursday.

Mr Gaidam, represented by the Yobe state Commissioner of Education, Ibrahim Lamin, said the state has only received donations from private organisations and philanthropists even though Yobe is one of the states that have been experiencing insurgency for years.

“Yobe has not received any correspondence or relief material from the NEMA since the assumption of the current director general,” he stated.

DAILY NIGERIAN reports that Mr Lamin was accompanied by his counterpart in the state ministry of Justice and the permanent secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency.

Responding, the NEMA DG, however, insisted that the relief items meant for the state were moved and distributed but couldn’t tell who the beneficiaries were, who took delivery and could not provide documents validating his claim.

The committee, therefore, directed the DG to furnish it with detailed information on who received the items, where and when during its next sitting on Tuesday.

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