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Victims of post election violence get N29.1m assistance

26 June 2014, 07:04

Katsina - A Philanthropist in Katsina State, Umar Tata, has doled out N29.1 million to 104 victims of the 2011 post-election violence in Malumfashi Local Government Area of the state.

The beneficiaries included Yorubas, Igbos, Hausa Christian and a few Muslims who lost property after the April 2011 general elections.

Ya’u Musa-Rugoji, the Coordinator of the exercise, said in Malumfashi on Tuesday that the beneficiaries were screened and assisted based on the magnitude of their losses.

He said the beneficiaries comprised those that lost their shops, vehicles and houses during the violence.

According to him, the support is aimed at cushioning the hardship of the victims and to rekindle the spirit of brotherliness that existed before the incident.

A beneficiary, Felix Olawale, said although the Federal Government had given out assistance to victims of the post election crisis in the state, it was only shared to "influencial persons''.

According to him, most of the victims, especially non indigenes left the town after the incident as they have nothing to live on.

He appealed to politicians to promote love and brotherhood, and encourage people to always live in peace with one another in the interest of national development.

Olawale also urged people to shun violence, and pray for the successful conduct of the 2015 general election.

Each beneficiary received between N250 000 and N350 000.

Tata had recently donated some items to 475 less privileged women in Malumfashi and Kafur local government areas, to make them self reliant.

The items include 100 sewing machines, 50 grinding machines, 200 Spaghetti making machines, 50 knitting machines, 40 refrigerators, 20 motorcycles, and 200 bags of wheat and groundnut.

 - NAN

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