Buhari Approves N10bn For Rehabilitation Of Communities In Benue, Others After Attacks

President Muhammadu Buhari (r) with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at a party function recently.

SAN FRANCISCO, May 15, (THEWILL) – President Muhammadu Buhari has approved N10Billion (about $34m) for the rehabilitation of communities affected by violent attacks in parts of the country.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, announced the policy initiative Tuesday during his visits to two Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in Benue State.

Osinbajo, according to a statement by his spokesman, Olaolu Akande, also stated that the President asked him to oversee the rehabilitation of the affected communities.

He told the IDPs in camps in Abagana and Daudu that, “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.”

The Vice President 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 N10B has been approved and we intend to start the rebuilding.”

The Vice President also held a town hall meeting in the State capital with all stakeholders inside government house

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

The VP will visit more IDP camps Wednesday morning, the statement said.

 

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