Despite from receiving federal over government a billion through the PTF on Covid-19 alongside funds from other organizations to manage the Spread of Covid-19 pandemic in Taraba State, the State Covid-19 Committee is yet to pay frontline health workers since the outbreak of the pandemic in 2019. Taraba Truth and Facts authoritatively report.
The Workers comprising of Medical Doctors, Laboratory scientists, Nurses, surveillance officers and Pharmacists working with the State government are alleging that their allowances might have been EMBEZZLED by Dr. Innocent Vakkai, Taraba State Commissioner for Health who chairs the State Covid-19 Committee. Investigations revealedd that the state Covid-19 Committee chaired by by the Commissioner for Health, Dr Innocent Vakkai has received funds and supports from the federal government and international agencies to support the fight against COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
The funds according to our investigations include N1billion disbursed by federal government through the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 to 32 states in the country, including Taraba State in September.
Other funds include a Hundred Million from World Bank; another 165,000USD from Saving One Million Lives Program For Results (SOML PforR) and over 50M released to the Committee by the Taraba State Government among other logistic supports from corporate organizations and individuals like Access Bank, Victims Support Funds, VSF among others. Taraba State also benefitted from a US$22.4 million Nigeria Humanitarian Fund (NHF) announced to help states in the North East to address the increased vulnerability of people affected by both the COVID-19 pandemic and the existing humanitarian crisis in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.
Taraba Truth and Facts Investigation revealed that the State government had at the initial stage of the Covid-19 pandemic released the sum of 50 Million to the Committee, while another undisclosed amount was disbursed to the committee four months later.
Despite Available Funds, Health Workers Laments Non-payment.
The workers wondered how the state with such amount at its disposal is yet to pay its frontline health workers.