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Killings: Buhari okays N10bn for Benue, others’ repairs

Killings: Buhari okays N10bn for Benue, others’ repairs

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Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved N10bn for the rehabilitation of communities destroyed during recent attacks in Benue State and other states.

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo disclosed this on Tuesday during his visit to two Internally Displaced Persons camps in the state.

His Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, told journalists of the development.

He said, “President Buhari has approved a total of N10bn for the rehabilitation of communities affected by violent attacks in parts of the country.

“Vice-President Osinbajo made the disclosure today (Tuesday) during his visits to two IDP camps in Benue State.”

He said Osinbajo also stated that the President asked him to oversee the rehabilitation of the affected communities.

Osinbajo told the IDPs in Abagana and Daudu that, “I am here as a 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 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 the 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 stakeholders 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 of the time of filing this report, Osinbajo was holding a town hall meeting in the State capital with stakeholders.

In attendance at the meeting holding at the Government House were traditional, religious and others leaders in the state.

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