13 February 2013

Nigeria: Reps Seek Compensation for Slain Kano Polio Workers

The House of Representatives has urged the federal government to compensate the families of the nine female health workers killed in Kano on Friday.

The lawmakers who condemned the "gruesome killings," said the federal government should compensate the families of the deceased for losing their bread winners while in active service to the nation.

Adopting a motion on matters of urgent public importance moved by Rep. Mannir Babba Dan-Agundi (PDP, Kano), the House noted that the health workers were shot dead as they were dutifully engage in polio vaccination to protect and save the lives of Nigerian children in Kano state.

Dan-Agundi expressed concern that such act on the health personnel could sabotage the federal government objectives of accelerating the reduction of maternal and child mortality in all parts of the country by mindless act of terrorism.

He said the twin attack which also left four additional female health workers injured were executed by gunmen on tricycles in a split succession between 9am and 10am on that fateful day.

The motion was unanimously adopted by the House with a call on the security operatives to provide proactive security measures for health workers especially in high risk areas.

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