Gombe May Share in N5.7 Billion Presidential Largesse

05 May 2013

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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.

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