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Controversy trails distribution of FG’s employment forms in Plateau

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In Plateau state, some groups and individuals are raising concerns alleging shortchange in the disbursements of 17,000 forms meant for the federal government-planned Special Public Works Programme (SWP.)

Forms for the federal government Public Works Scheme in Plateau is said to be hijacked by some persons as against the real beneficiaries as MUHAMMADU Tanko reports.

In Plateau state, some groups and individuals are raising concerns alleging shortchange in the disbursements of 17,000 forms meant for the federal government-planned Special Public Works Programme (SWP.)

Some of the allegations were that the state governor, Mr Simon Lalong, his deputy Sonny Tyoden, politicians, some senior civil servants, top class traditional rulers, religious bodies and civil society organisations (CSOs,) were allotted most of the forms as against the commoners whom it was directly meant for.

This is contrary to an earlier statement by the chairman of the FG-SWP committee in the state, Hon Rufus Bature, who had informed the press that each electoral wards in the state would get, at least 50 forms to share amongst the poor people.

However, newsmen finding revealed that disbursements of the forms which were commenced two weeks ago by the committee falls short of the expected transparency. A check at some electoral wards and some local government areas indicated that fewer people got the forms whose distribution were enshrouded in mystery.

According to Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), “The whole Muslims in Plateau state were allotted only 350 forms, through this association to share amongst all Islamic organisations and their 17 local government branches,” an insider in the Islamic body said.

According to the source, this has shown that the Muslims are been shortchanged. “It is unfair that only 350 forms were given to entire Muslims of the state.”When contacted, the state publicity secretary of JNI, Malam Sani Mudi, indeed confirmed that 350 forms were given,  however declined further comments.

On his part, the state chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev Fr Polycarp Lubo, said  650 forms were given, but said they have no course to complain since all forms are meant for the people of the state to benefit.”In the interest of peace, we accept what was given to us. I don’t have a problem; they gave CAN 650 forms, it is not the issue of comfortability but is the issue of sharing it to people of Nigeria.

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