Bauchi State Deputy Governor Sagir Aminu Saleh yesterday urged the eight-man joint-committee set up by the federal and Bauchi State governments to judiciously share the N1.58 billion compensation for victims of the 2011 post-election violence in the state.
Saleh, who is also the Chairman of the committee, spoke at the inaugural meeting of the committee in his office at Bauchi.
He noted that the money would give succour to victims of the post-presidential election violence, which occurred in 12 local government areas.
Ten members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), among other residents, died in the violence.
Property estimated at millions of naira were also destroyed.
Saleh said: “There is nothing one can do about it.” He, however, prayed that “such does not happen again”.
The committee, which has two weeks – with effect from September 14 – to complete its assignment, is “to disburse the N1.58 billion to victims of the 2011 post-election violence in the state; pay to the victims of the 2011 post-election violence whose names appear on the authentic list”.
It is also “to liaise with the Sheikh Ahmed Lemu Presidential Committee on the 2011 Post-Election Violence and the State Emergency Management Agency to obtain the authentic list of victims of the 2011 Post-Election Violence in the state”.
The committee is expected to submit a weekly progress report to the Governor’s Office through the Secretary to the State Government (SSG)” and “to submit a final report on the disbursement of the relief fund to this office (SSG’s Office) within two weeks from its first sitting”.
Members of the committee are: Saleh, (Chairman); Ibrahim Jahun, Sheikh Ahmed Lemu, (of Presidential Committee on 2011 Post-Election Violence, the representative of the Accountant-General of the Federation and the representative of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF).
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