YOBE State Executive Council has approved N1.9 billion as compensation for Boko Haram victims and for procurement of 6,000 metric tons of fertilisers for farmers.
Briefing reporters on the outcome of the council’s meeting at the Government House, Damaturu, the Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Goni Fika, disclosed that the compensation is strictly for residents and communities whose houses, places of worship and other property were destroyed by Boko Haram members in the last two years.
“The disbursement of N187.5 million to the victims of
Boko Haram is strictly based on the SEMA assessments of damages done to houses, places of worship and other property in 2011 and 2012. This token will assist victims rebuild their houses and places of worship, though the lost lives in the four-year insurgency cannot be fully compensated by government, ” Fika said.
According to Fika, while the council approved N653.7 million for the construction of roads at three housing estates in Damaturu, it also earmarked N259.4 million for the payments of registration fees of government-sponsored candidates for the May/June 2013 West African Examination Council (WAEC) and National Examination Council (NECO), adding that farmers would also benefit from the funds.
“As the planting season has commenced in the state, government also approved the sum of N787.5 million for the procurement and distribution of 6, 000 metric tons of urea, and they are to be sold at subsidised rates to boost farmers’ productivity and incomes,” Fika said.