The committee set up to disburse the N1.58 billion relief fund to the 2011 post-presidential election violence victims in Bauchi State has begun sitting in the state.
At the committee’s inaugural meeting Thursday, the Deputy Governor of the state and chairman of the committee, Alhaji Sagir Aminu, said the committee had two weeks within which to complete its assignment.
He said the committee would, among other things, disburse the funds to the victims of the violence, whose names appeared on the authentic list made.
According to him, the committee would liaise with the Sheik Ahmed Lemu-led Presidential Committee on the 2011 Post-election Violence, as well as the state Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to obtain the authentic list of the victims.
The final report, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), would be submitted to the state governor through the Office of the Secretary to the State Government.
Aminu said the committee’s main task, however, was to distribute the N1.58 billion released to the Bauchi State Government by the federal government to give succour to the victims of the violence.
“Our assignment is to distribute the N1,580,000 released by the federal government to give succour to the victims of the 2011 post-presidential election violence in the state.
“The task before us is not, however, an easy one. The N1,580,000 is a colossal sum that may not be easy to distribute to the victims of the 2011 post-election violence across the state.
“Although, the task is onerous, it is not insurmountable. All we need to do to execute that assignment successfully is to bring into play our wealth of knowledge, experience and work as a team.
“There is also the need to for us to sacrifice our time and energy to not only finish the assignment within or before the two weeks given to us, but also do a thorough work,” he said.
The chairman said members of the committee were drawn from the federal and state governments as well as the state Traditional Council, which was constituted by the state Governor, Malam Isa Yuguda.
He sued for dedication, commitment and sacrifice on the part of members of the committee.
The deputy governor noted that the opportunity to serve in the committee was a manifestation of the confidence reposed in them by the federal and state governments.
He gave assurance to the Federal and Bauchi State Governments as well as the people of the state that the committee would abide by the terms of reference given to it by government.
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