Abuja - The government has pledged to monitor the disbursement of compensation to victims of the 2011 post-election violence to ensure the funds were fairly and equally distributed.
President Goodluck Jonathan said this following a meeting with leaders and representatives of the Middle Belt Forum.
The Middle Belt Forum is a regional socio-political group that promotes the interests of the people of the Middle Belt region, a loosely-defined area between the Moslem and Hausa-dominated North and the predominantly Christian Igbo and Yoruba areas of the Southeast and Southwest.
Responding to concerns raised by the delegation in Abuja, the President said although disbursements were already being made based on the recommendations of the various committees that examined claims for compensation, his administration would monitor further disbursements with a view of correcting any errors or omissions.
Jonathan's administration committed N5,7 billion to victims of violence. Nine states will benefit from the funding.
He said his administration will continue to work with the leadership of the Middle Belt Forum and other Nigerians to improve the living conditions of all citizens of the country.
“The Middle Belt has a key role to play in Nigeria. It has played a crucial role in keeping us united. I urge you to continue in that spirit,” he told members of the forum who were led by Chief Solomon Lar, Prof. Jerry Gana and Governor Jonah Jang.
Jonathan thanked the forum and the people of the Middle Belt for their support for his election in 2011 and assuring them that his administration would continue to work untiringly to justify their confidence in his leadership.
“We believe that God willing, we will make a very positive impact on the lives of the people of the Middle Belt to show their appreciation,” Jonathan said.
- CAJ News