APC queries Kefas lavish dinner for daughter’s Call to Bar amidst insecurity
By Chuwang Dungs
The All Progressive Congress (APC) in Taraba State has faulted Governor Agbu Kefas for engaging in what they called lavish celebration of his daughter’s graduation at the time many residents of the state are having sleepless nights over insecurity, kidnapping and consequences of the removal of fuel subsidy.
Keziah Kefas, the governor’s daughter a few weeks ago was called to the Bar after graduating from Nigerian law school in Abuja.
Mr Kefas, yesterday (Thursday) hosted government officials, political associates and other well wishers to a call to bar dinner at Rainbow event center in Abuja.
DAYLIGHTREPORTER learnt that members of the state executive council, legislators and top politicians from the state flew to Abuja with government resources to attend the event.
Chairman of the party in the state, Ibrahim El-sudi , told newsmen on Friday in Jalingo, the state capital, that it amounted to insensitivity on the part of the Governor to lavish the state lean resources on a Call to Bar ceremony for his daughter, when the state still mourning the death of those involved in the recent boat mishap in Karim Lamido, couple with the high cases of kidnapping across the state.
“Within the span of two weeks over 15 people were kidnapped across the state including a traditional ruler and over 80 persons were involved in a boat mishap in Karim Lamido local government area of the state.
“It is unfortunate that as Tarabians are still mourning with the families of the departed souls, the governor and his executive members threw a party in Abuja inviting top politicians to celebrate his daughter’s graduation.
“It is an unnecessary waste of public funds for the Governor to be organising a lavish Call to Bar dinner in Abuja for his daughter with state funds at a time all the governors in the country are crying for money to cushion the effect of the fuel subsidy removal.
“The governor’s decision to embark on a jamboree even as many persons lost their lives in the state as a result of the boat mishap is insensitive and unfortunate,
“Even if the governor wants to host a dinner for his daughter’s graduation, why must it be in Abuja, it would have been more appropriate to host it in Jalingo or Wukari, his hometown, that can boost our local businesses.
“The kidnappings and death of the innocent victims of the boat mishap is tragic for the state but life cannot stop but taking the event to Abuja is wasteful because those officials are traveling on public resources.
“Even if he prefer doing it in Abuja, he should have make it low key so that no one would even notice the dinner held.” said Elsudi
Accusing the Governor of lacking administrative knowledge and ability to govern the state, El-sudi challenged Kefas to publish the comprehensive allocation of the state and local governments in the past 5 months and what have been done with the money, alleging that Kefas is just globe trotting and making promises without actions.
Reacting, the Special Adviser to Kefas on Media and Digital Communication, Emmanuel Bello, said “the governor was the first respondent when the incident happened, the governor did not only send condolences but sent a high powered delegation led by the deputy governor to condole the family of the victims.
“He also set up a committee to investigate the immediate cause of the incident and also to ensure there is no future recurrence.
“Is not a show of insensitivity for the governor to honour his own daughter
Mr Bello said the event was hosted in Abuja because the world is a global village and most of the people that attended the event are Taraba indigenes resident in Abuja.
“At this time and age location is not important, besides the daughter has most of her friends and well wishers resident in Abuja.” He said.
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