Written by Sarah NEGEDU

EndSARS: FCTA to work out compensation for victims

As part of efforts to kick-start the rehabilitation process in the wake of the EndSARS protest that turned violent, the FCT administration has begun identifying families of those who lost their lives in the violence, as well as the level of damages on businesses in the territory.

FCT Minister, Mal. Muhammad Bello, while inaugurating a committee to identify and recommend appropriate compensation for the victims, urge them to come up with recommendations on how to avoid similar occurrences in the future.

The minister charged the 18-man committee to carefully identify families of those who were killed during the violence and also assess the damages both on public and private properties.

Bello who said the ministerial assignment was sacrosanct to his administration, also noted that the committee must turn in its report within two weeks.

He further urged members of the committee, headed by the Director General of FCT Emergency Management Agency, Idris Abbas, to deploy its expertise and recommend also strategies to forestall future occurrences of such violence.

“The Committee has two (2) weeks to submit its report on the following Terms of Reference, TOR: Visit and Assess the Extent of Damage to Individual and Public Properties and Assign Value.

“Identify those affected and ascertain their losses. Identify lives affected and assess the loss suffered.

“Recommend level and modalities of compensation. Advise the FCT Administration generally on measures to forestall future occurrences.”

Also speaking, FCT Permanent Secretary, Olusade Adesola, who decried the number of people who were reportedly killed during the violence, called on members of the committee to see the assignment as a national service deserving the best sacrifices.

Adesola noted, that the administration was counting on the patriotism of the committee members to address all grievances arising from the protest.

In his response, the committee chairman, Abbas Idriss, assured that the committee would do its best to deliver on the assignment.

 

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