Abuja - Abia State plans to employ a member of each family that was bereaved during a car accident that claimed the lives of People’s Democratic Party followers.
This is parts of measures aimed at compensating families for the loss.
While it could not be ascertained the members would be employed in what capacity, senior government and party officials said the families would be compensated financially while an endowment fund in honor of the deceased was planned.
The Abia State Governor, Theodore Orji, announced such plans during an inter-denominational service held at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Umuahia Township Stadium in honour of the deceased PDP members.
He said the measures were to alleviate the pains the bereaved families were going through.
He also explained that the families involved were to select any family member of their choice for the employment.
Orji revealed that other incentives will come through the Working Committee of the party.
He donated the sum of N20m (US$120 000) to the endowment fund instituted by the party to offer reprieve to the affected families.
“The State and the party will do what is necessary to assist the families,” he said.
He described the deceased PDP members as “patriots, loyal and devoted party men and heroes of democracy who died in the pursuit of an honorable course.”
“We will not to forget the sacrifices they have made to the party and Abia State,” the governor said.
The Chairman of Abia State PDP, Emma Nwaka, said in order to ensure that bereaved families did not suffer, the party has decided to institute an endowment fund.
He promised that the party would not interfere with the proceeds of the fund which is to be managed by a committee made up of seasoned Abians.
About N50 million was realised during the endowment fund launch.
The eight PDP members died this weekend on their way back from the ward congress exercise, which was which held in Anambra State.
– CAJ News