The Taraba Peoples Assembly has called on the state Governor, Dairus Dickson Ishaku, to pay former acting Governor Garba Umar and his political appointees their severance allowances and benefits.
The state government under Governor Ishaku has refused to recognize Alhaji Garba Umar as a deputy governor and subsequently Acting governor of the state.
The TPA, in a statement signed by its Coordinator, Martins Andekin, described Ishaku’s refusal to recognize the two years administration of Umar as a disservice to history and posterity.
The group said if former Governor Danbaba Suntai and his deputy, Sani Abubakar Danlandi, were paid their severance allowances, Ishaku should shun political, religious and ethnic sentiments to pay Umar and his political appointees.
Andekin said also the current administration will be benefiting about N30 billion from the Federal Government based on federal roads completed by Umar’s administration.
The statement added: “Within the two years, Alhaji Umar completed various roads projects which includes the Jalingo-Sunkani-Garba Chede Road, a 72-kilometre stretch at N12.4 billion, Marraba-Baisa Road at N7.2 billion.
“The Bali-Sarti-Gembu a 237 kilometre Road embarked upon by Alhaji Umar two years administration is currently above 80 percent completion with N11.9 billion paid out of the N17 billion total cost.
“The Federal government verification team has certified and commended the contractor for a perfect job, while the State Government had put in a claim of between N28 and N30 Billion for the projects.”
They stressed that it is morally wrong for Governor Ishaku to be benefiting from a regime he has refused to recognize, honour and punish anyone associated to it.
Andekin added: “It’s a fact that Alhaji Garba Umar piloted the affairs of Taraba State for two years under which ever circumstances, he governed and his humble efforts today are bringing good tides to the state.
“There’s no vacuum in government, UTC’s two years administration in Taraba left legacies of good projects many governor Ishaku today is ‘re commissioning’ as new projects.”