The Taraba state government has rejected Almajirai evacuated from Nasarawa state back to the state as agreed upon by the Northern Governors during their recently meeting.
Our Correspondent reports that the Almajirai arrived Jalingo from Lafiya, Nasarawa state capital at about 3am on Monday in four buses.
The Almajirai along with officials of Nasarawa state Ministry of Women Affairs, slept outside the office of the Seceretary to Taraba state government in Jalingo and were only received by some officials in the office at 10am.
It was further gathered that the Almajirai were later asked to leave the gate of office of the SSG and go to welcome to Jalingo town gate along Jalingo-Wukari road and wait for the official of the state.
Our Correspondent gathered that the Almajirai were excorted by security agents to welcome to Jalingo gate where they waited for several hours.
The officials from the Taraba SSG’s office arrived at welcome to Jalingo at about 12.45pm where they handed over the Almajirai to the officials of Nasarawa state government with a letter addressed to the Secretary to government of Nasarawa state with instructions to take back the Almajirai from where they brought them.
The letter from the office of the Seceretary to Taraba state government, which our Correspondent has previleged to see dated 4th, May, 2020 with reference no SSG / ADM/ S/ 167/ 11/ 125. and signed by one Sunday Tanko Maiyaki, Permanent Secretary Political Cabinet Affairs and general services.
The letter read in part “unphysical verification the number of pupils brought to Taraba state are 79 not 102 as stated in the letter brought from Nasarawa state.
“The government of Taraba state wish to return the pupils to you and requests that the pupils should be properly profiled indicating their local government of origin in Taraba state and individual status in respect of the pandemic” the letter said.
The letter further directed that unsubsquent return, the pupils should be accommpanied with their respective Teachers who will identify their parents at their respective local government areas to properly hand them over to their parents.
Officials who accompanied the Almajirai and spoke with our Correspondent on condition of anonymity, expressed dismay over the action of Taraba state government.
According to him, all the Almajirai were kept in isolation in a secondary school in Lafiya and tested for Coronavirus and all of them are negative.
The officials explained that the Almajirai brought were not provided with Food and left inside vehicles that brought them for several hours and only to be rejected even though they are indigene of the state.
The officials stated that Nasarawa state government has evacuated over 1000 Almajirai to the respective states and only in Taraba state that they were turned back.
” We are asked to take the Almajirai back to Nasarawa with a letter addressed to the Secretary to Nasarawa State government with one one hundred thousand naira (N100,000) to fuel our vehicles” the official said.
Meanwhile, Taraba state Commissioner of Health and Chairman Technical Committee on Covid-19, Dr. Innocent Vakkai during a press briefing in Jalingo confirmed the rejection of the Almajirai evacuated from Nasarawa state by the state government.