Chairman of the Victims Support Fund Committee, General Theophilus Danjuma, yesterday revealed that his committee has so far received N23bn out of the N50bn raised for that purpose by former President Goodluck Jonathan.
This is just as he declared that President Muhammadu Buhari has also ordered the immediate release of N5bn pledged for the same purpose by the federal government. Danjuma stated this yesterday while speaking with State House Correspondents shortly after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Danjuma who stated that the amount was however to small compared to the funds needed to rebuild the North East following the devastating effect of the activities of insurgents in the area.
He declared that the Committee had briefed President on activities of the Victims Support Fund since inception which was inaugurated exactly one year ago as July will be making it one full year.
“We informed President what we have done and what we are going to do in the nearest future. “You know we were launched during the fund raising which took place a year ago, about the total amount of money that was pledged by various contributors was slightly more than N50 billion, of this amount, only N23 billion have so far been redeemed, so there is a lot of money out there.”
He disclosed that “of the organizations and individuals that are yet to redeem their pledges, the Federal Government is one. We are expecting N5 billion from the Federal Government and the President promised today that he would honour the pledge of the Federal Government.”
He also appealed to those who are yet to redeem their pledges to do so to avoid embarrassment from seek their names made public. “We plead with them quietly but we may also resort to naming and shaming,” adding that “we will continue to ask people who pledged to honour their pledges.”
-Tony Ailemen, Abuja