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REPS NEWS: Give Gombe a Share of the Violence Slush Fund, Reps Tell Jonathan

LEGISREPORTS NG – THE House of Representatives has asked President Goodluck Jonathan to include Gombe State in the largesse recently doled out by the federal government to states affected by the 2011 post-election violence that consumed lives and properties in parts of the country.


Members of the House carried a resolution that leaving Gombe state out of the largesse was not fair after a motion of urgent national importance was moved by Hon. Manu Swa, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) member representing Balanga/Biliri federal constituency of Gombe state.


President Jonathan last week approved the sum of N5.7 billion to be doled to nine states affected by the post-election violence in 2011. The states listed as beneficiaries of the fund and the amounts are: Bauchi  -  N1,574,879,000.00; Sokoto – N55,888,506.00;  Zamfara         – N93,253,485.00;  Niger  – N433,375,875.00;  Jigawa -N208,667,634.00;  Katsina – N1,973,209,440.00; Kano -N944,827,000.00;  Adamawa   – N420,089,840.00 and  Akwa Ibom  -  N43,504,000.00.


But on the floor of the House today, Hon. Swa detailed how many properties were destroyed in the violence, stressing that even the house of the PDP chairman in the state, was affected and so, the state should not have been left out of the largesse by the federal government.


After his presentation, no member of the House spoke against the motion and the single prayer by Hon. Swa that Gombe be included in the dole-out was immediately adopted as a resolution after the question was put by deputy speaker Emeka Ihedioha who presided over the plenary.



This report was prepared by our reporter in the national assembly


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