Nigerian govt. releases funds for victims of 2011 post-election violence in 9 states - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan, has approved the release of a total sum of 5,747,694,780 Naira (about US$ 35 million) to nine states in the country for direct disbursement to those who lost properties, means of livelihood and places of worship in the post-election violence of 2011.
Following the post-election violence and civil disturbances in some states after the April 2011 elections, President Jonathan set up a Panel of Enquiry, headed by Sheik Ahmed Lemu, to, among other things, identify the spread and extent of losses suffered across the country.
A press statement from the State House in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, Thursday said that following the submission of the Lemu Panel’s report and its adoption by the Federal Executive Council, the Federal Ministry of Lands and Housing was mandated to assess the reported losses and damage to properties in all affected states.
It said that based on the ministry’s report, President Jonathan approved the release of funds to nine of the 14 affected states as follows:
1. Bauchi - N1,574,879,000
2. Sokoto - N55,888,506
3. Zamfara - N93,253,485
4. Niger - N433,375,875
5. Jigawa - N208,667,634
6. Katsina - N1,973,209,440
7. Kano - N944,827,000
8. Adamawa - N420,089,840
9. Akwa Ibom - N43,504,000
Total - 5,747,694,780.00 Naira (about US$ 35 million).
It said that President Jonathan has also directed that an Implementation Committee for the disbursement of the funds to beneficiaries in the nine states be constituted as follows:
1. Executive Governor or Deputy Governor - Chairman
2. Representative of State Government - Member
3. Secretary of the Sheik Lemu Panel - Member
4. Representative of the OSGF - Member
5. Representative of the FMLH&UD - Member
It said that inspection and assessment of damages and losses suffered are yet to be carried out in Borno, Yobe, Gombe, Kaduna and Nasarawa states as modalities and further instructions for the exercise are still being expected from the state governments.
Funds to cover the losses sustained by victims of the post-election violence in the five states will be approved and released at the conclusion of the assessment exercise.