5 August 2012

Nigeria: Kaduna State Govt. Approves N310 Million for Victims of Post-Election Crisis, Says Yakowa

The Kaduna State Government has approved N310 million to assist people whose properties were destroyed during the 2011 post-election crisis, Gov. Patrick Yakowa, has said.

Yakowa said the amount was approved to fulfil part of the recommendations of the Justice Mohammed Lawal Commission of Enquiry, which investigated the immediate and remote causes of the crisis.

He made the remarks while breaking the Ramadan Fast at the NUJ Kaduna State Council secretariat.

Yakowa said that places of worship and owners of houses and property destroyed during the disturbances would be assisted as part of efforts to reconcile the people.

The governor recalled that a committee had earlier been set up to reconcile the people to restore mutual trust among the citizenry.

"We should be proud to be Nigerians as we have both human and natural resources in the area of solid mineral and arable land for agricultural development.

"Investors are willing to come and develop these resources but there are serious security challenges facing us and we have to deal with them for peaceful coexistence," he said.

Yakowa said another committee, which was under the state Deputy Governor, Alhaji Murkhtar Yero, had been set up to implement programmes with the subsidy funds expected to accrue to the state.

He appealed to members of the NUJ to continue to disseminate the state government policies and programmes to the populace so as to ensure peace and tranquility in the polity.

Earlier, the Kaduna NUJ Council Chairman, Malam Yusuf Idris, had expressed satisfaction with the efforts of the Yakowa administration in alleviating the suffering of the people and project implementation in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the state government has appointed Idris as a member of the subsidy committee constituted to implement part of the recommendations of the Lawal Commission of Enquiry.


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