By Onwuka Nzeshi in Abuja
Gombe State, North East geo-political zone, may become one of the beneficiaries of the N5.7 billion compensation for states that were impacted by the violent uprising that trailed the 2011 presidential election.
The House had last Thursday passed a resolution urging President Goodluck Jonathan to consider Gombe State among the beneficiaries of the largesse.
In a motion of urgent public importance sponsored by Hon. Yusuf Swa (PDP /Gombe), the House of Representatives learnt that Gombe was among the states affected by the post election violence but was not included as a beneficiary when the presidency announced the compensatory package. According to Swa, over 36 people lost their lives and property worth billions of Naira were destroyed during the crisis.
“In one house alone, the house of the PDP Chairman in the state, Mr Jack Gumbi, about eleven peoples died while the chairman was injured and has not regained his health till date.
“Submissions have been made earlier on, when the post election violence committee visited Gombe State and according to the report, Gombe State was among the victims, only to see that Gombe was excluded among the beneficiaries,”Swa said.
The motion was unanimously adopted and a committee is to be constituted to visit the state in order to a ascertain the level of damage done to lives and property. The committee is expected to report back to the House within two weeks.
President Goodluck Jonathan recently approved the sum of N5.7bn as compensation for victims of the 2011 post-presidential election violence that rocked some states of the federation.