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Jonathan commended over N250m donation to fire victims

17 February 2014, 19:02

Sokoto - A member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Sokoto State, Abubakar Kantoma, has commended President Goodluck Jonathan for the release of N250 million to the victims of a recent fire that gutted the Kara market, Sokoto.

Kantoma, who is also the Secretary of the Special Committee set up for the disbursement of the money, made the commendation in a statement on Sunday in Sokoto.

The market was razed by fire on February 5 and property worth millions of naira were lost.

There was however no loss of life or injury during the incident.

Jonathan announced the donation on February 8 at a reception in Sokoto to welcome former Governor Attahiru Bafarawa to the PDP.

The president had also visited the market same day where he commiserated with the victims of the inferno and promised additional aid to further alleviate the suffering of the victims.

Kantoma said the president had since redeemed the pledge.

"The redemption of the pledge is an indication that President Jonathan has an affection for Sokoto people.

"The members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the entire Sokoto State people hereby appreciate the concern of the president over the fire disaster which affected traders of Sokoto Kara Market.

"He pledged the sum of N250 million to alleviate the suffering of the traders, during his visit to Sokoto, to formally receive Governor Attahiru Bafarawa into PDP," he said.

According to Kantoma, the federal government has since released the money into the bank account of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

"The disbursement to the traders affected is being processed , and we wish to assure the victims of prompt disbursement after their verification by the committee," he said.

Governor Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto State had on February 13 also announced a donation of N100 million to the victims of the inferno.


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