Niger State Government has distributed cheques worth N433 million to the victims of 2011 post-election violence in the state.
Governor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, who made the presentation at Government House, Minna, stated that 126 individuals and organizations were to benefit.
The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Alhaji Ahmed Musa Ibeto, explained that the money was part of Federal Government’s assistance to the victims to cushion the effect of their loses during the unfortunate incidence.
He further explained that the state government had earlier done the same immediately after the incidence to assist the victims in recovering from the shock as part of the administration’s emergency response initiative.
The governor used the opportunity to call on the political class in the country to exercise utmost caution and high sense of responsibility during and after elections.
After commending the Federal Government’s foresight, Aliyu appealed to the recipients of the cheques to use the money judiciously and prayed not to witness such disaster in future.
In a welcome address, the Minister of Land and Housing, Ms. Ama Pepple, represented by Mrs. Margaret Okoye Ogube, said the gesture was part of the Federal Government’s concern about the wellbeing and welfare of Nigerians.
She stated that after the occurrence of the incidence in April 2011, the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Land and Housing visited the affected states with a view to ascertaining the degree of the damage done with possible means of rendering assistance.
The minister disclosed that N5.74Billion was earmarked by the Federal Government to assist the nine affected states in the country. She therefore appealed to Nigerians to cooperate with government at all levels to forestall future occurrence.