Leadership (Abuja)

13 February 2013

Nigeria: Madalla Bomb Blast Victims Get CBN Donation

The N25 million donated by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to victims of the St Theresa Madalla bomb blast has been finally disbursed to the victims of the blast after an acceptable sharing formular had been adopted for the church and the victims.

The Niger state government that served as mediator disbursed the N25 million on Monday where the church got N5 million while 47 other victims whose properties were destroyed by the blast shared the balance based on the level of loss incurred on their property.

Disbursing the money, the Director General of the Niger state Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA), Alhaji Mohammed Shaba, disclosed that the delay in the disbursement of the money was due to a communication gap and procedural clearance needed to ensure that the victims got the needed attention required.

He explained that from the anlysis some of the victims got as high as 1 million naira as other victims got N500, 000 with the least getting N350, 000.

The CBN Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, who was represented at the disbursement by the Minna Branch Manager of CBN, Alhaji Mohammed Danguzau said he was delighted that the donation has reached to the victims.

While admonishing the beneficiaries of the donations to make good use of the money to ensure that they re -established their various businesses disrupted by the blast he reiterated that the delay was caused by communication error.

The Victims in their response presented by Mr. Emmanuel Ehiche expressed their gratitude to the CBN for the gesture and that the effort of the CBN was highly appreciated.

In his response the head of St Theresa Catholic Church , Rev. Father Isaac Achi all the victims should accept whatever amount of money that was given to them and avoid any form of bitterness while commending CBN for the kind gesture.

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