Buhari approves N10bn for communities affected by violence

President Buhari has ordered the approval of a total sum of N10Billion for the rehabilitation of communities affected by violent attacks in parts of the country.

This disclosure was contained in statement signed Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media & Publicity, Laolu Akande and made available to newsmen in Abuja.

Akande explained in the statement that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, made the disclosure on Tuesday during his visits to two Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in Benue State.

According to him, the Vice President also stated that the President asked him to oversee the rehabilitation of the affected communities.

While speaking with IDPs at camps in Abagana and Daudu, Osinbajo said, “I am here as representative of the President who was here in March and had asked that a study be done on the situation.

“Mr. President now wants to do three things: to provide more effective security, especially in the affected communities, to ensure that our people can go back to their homes and before then rebuild their homes and to restore the farms, support traders and ensure education of the children.

“Mr. President says I should ensure all these things are done.”

He added that, to pay for the forthcoming rehabilitation, the President has approved some money already to restore places that have been destroyed. A total of N10bn has been approved and we intend to start the rebuilding.

He assured that the places that would be rebuilt shall be better than what it was before, adding that this is the right of the IDPs as Nigerians and is not a favour from the government.

As at press time the Vice President was holding a town hall meeting in the State capital with stakeholders. In attendance at the meeting holding at the Government House are traditional, religious and others leaders in the State.

Osinbajo, who was earlier received on arrival at the Makurdi Air Force base by Governor Sam Ortom, was accompanied by the Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh; Director-General, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mustapha Maihaja; among other Federal Government officials.

It was gathered that the VP will be visiting more IDP camps Wednesday morning.


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