The Federal Government on Thursday disbursed N5.75 billion to the eight states affected by the 2011 post-election violence and civil disturbances.
Presenting the cheques to the beneficiaries at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Vice- President Namadi Sambo said the exercise followed President Goodluck Jonathan’s approval of financial assistance to the victims.
Sambo said the disbursement was in line with the recommendations of the Sheikh Ahmed Lemu panel of investigation on the 2011 election violence and civil disturbances and the additional independent assessment conducted by the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development.
“We are satisfied and gratified that the work of the ministry was equally very thorough,” he said. “Consequently, His Excellency President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (GCFR) has approved the disbursement of the sum of five billion seven hundred and forty seven million six hundred and forty nine thousand seven hundred and eighty nine naira only (N5,747,649,789) to the following affected States – Bauchi State, Zamfara State, Niger State, Jigawa State, Kano State, Adamawa State and Akwa Ibom State.
“The breakdown is: Bauchi will have N1.5 billion; Zamfara State N93.2 million; Niger N433.3 million; Jigawa N208.6 million; Katsina State N1.97 billion; Kano State N944.8 million and Akwa Ibom N43.5 million.”
For proper supervision of disbursement of the funds, Sambo said the president had approved that for each state there would be an implementation committee.
He said the committee would consist of the Governor or his Deputy as chairman, with members to include representatives of the State, Secretary of the Sheik Lemu-led Panel of Inquiry and representative of the Office of the Secretary of the Government of the Federation.
Others are the representatives of the Federal Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development as well as the representatives of various Pay Offices of each state.
Sambo, however, restated that the programmes of the administration were on course and “no amount of crisis or violence will pose a challenge to the resolve to deliver on government’s promises as well as ensure the safety and security of all citizens”.
The vice-president commended the panel chaired by Sheik Ahmed Lemu and Justice Samson O. Uwaifo as Vice Chairman, for showing great courage, dedication and sound judgment.
Responding on behalf of the benefiting states, Gov. Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State, expressed appreciation to Mr President for the assistance and gave an assurance that justice and equity would be done to the funds.