Tuesday, June 24, 2014 6:26 pm
Malumfashi (Katsina State) – A Philanthropist in Katsina State, Alhaji Umar Tata, has doled out N29.1 million to 104 victims of the 2011 post-election violence in Malumfashi Local Government Area of the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the beneficiaries included Yorubas, Igbos, Hausa Christian and a few Muslims who lost property after the April 2011 general elections.
Alhaji Ya’u Musa-Rugoji, the Coordinator of the exercise, told NAN in Malumfashi on Tuesday that the beneficiaries were screened and assisted based on the magnitude of their losses.
He said the beneficiaries comprised those that lost their shops, vehicles and houses during the violence.
According to him, the support is aimed at cushioning the hardship of the victims and to rekindle the spirit of brotherliness that existed before the incident.
A beneficiary, Mr Felix Olawale, said although the Federal Government had given out assistance to victims of the post election crisis in the state, it was only shared to “influencial persons”.
According to him, most of the victims, especially non indigenes left the town after the incident as they have nothing to live on.
“With the present support from Tata, many people will return and embark on their routine businesses in Malumfashi,’’ Olawale said.
He appealed to politicians to promote love and brotherhood, and encourage people to always live in peace with one another in the interest of national development.
Olawale alos urged people to shun violence, and pray for the successful conduct of the 2015 general election.
NAN reports that each beneficiary received between N250,000 and N350, 000.
Tata had recently donated some items to 475 less privileged women in Malumfashi and Kafur local government areas, to make them self reliant.
The items include 100 sewing machines, 50 grinding machines, 200 Spaghetti making machines, 50 knitting machines, 40 refrigerators, 20 motorcycles, and 200 bags of wheat and groundnut. (NAN)