Gombe - The Federal Government has disbursed N746.4 million to 191 persons affected by the 2011 post-election violence in Gombe State, Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo said.
Dankwambo made the disclosure in Gombe on Tuesday while presenting cheque to the beneficiaries, saying that the money was just an assistance to the victims and not compensation to the lives and property lost during the crisis.
He said "while it is my sincere hope and prayer that never again shall we witness this kind of unfortunate incident, I urge the peace-loving people of Gombe State to support government’s efforts aimed at ensuring credible, free and fair elections in the state and the nation at large.
"I call on youths in particular to shun all acts capable of disrupting the elections and ensure hitch-free elections in Gombe State."
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Dankwambo also called on traditional, community and religious leaders to continue to sensitise people on the need for peaceful coexistence, irrespective of ethnic and religious difference.
He added that "we must bear in mind that there is no alternative to peace and no meaningful development can be achieved without peace and tranquility."
The Chairman of the committee for the distribution of the compensation, Alhaji Shehu Durbi, said 30 beneficiaries were from Akko Local Government; 26 from Yamaltu/Deba, 22 from Funakaye and 116 from Gombe.
The Commissioner for Special Duties, Alhaji Jalo Bajoga, commended Dankwambo for the concern and efforts toward ensuring that the victims got some assistance.