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Jonathan approves N5.75b for election violence victims

26 April 2013, 09:04

Abuja- President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday in Abuja approved the release of N5.75 billion to nine states for direct disbursement to victims of 2011 post election violence.

Dr Reuben Abati, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, disclosed this to State House correspondents.

Abati said the funds would be disbursed to those who lost their property, means of livelihood; places of worship and families of those who lost their lives in the post election violence.

He said the approval by the president was sequel to the recommendations of a Panel of Enquiry headed by Sheik Ahmed Lemu and the assessment carried out by the Ministry of Lands and Housing.

Abati said that based on the Ministry’s report, the president approved the release of the funds to nine of the 14 affected states.

They are Bauchi N1.57 billion, Sokoto, N55.88 million, Zamfara, N93.25 million, Niger, N433.37 million and Jigawa, N208.67 million.

Others are Katsina, N1.97 billion, Kano, N944.83 million, Adamawa, N420.09 million and Akwa Ibom, N43.50 million.

Abati said the president had also directed that an Implementation Committee for the disbursement of the funds to beneficiaries in the nine states be constituted.

He said Jonathan also directed that the state committees be chaired by the governor or deputy governor.

According to Abati, the inspection and assessment of damages and losses suffered are yet to be carried out in the other five states of Borno, Yobe, Gombe, Kaduna and Nasarawa.

He said modalities and further instructions for the exercise were still being expected from the state governments.

Abati said funds to cover the losses sustained by victims of the post election violence in the five states would be approved and released at the conclusion of the assessment exercise.

It would be recalled that the president set up the Lemu Panel following the post 2011 general elections violence and civil disturbances in some states.

The panel was to among other things, identify the spread and extent of losses suffered across the country.

The Federal Executive Council had adopted the panel’s report and mandated the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development to assess the reported losses and damage to property in all the affected states.



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