President Goodluck Jonathan has promised that the Federal Government will closely monitor the disbursement of the N5.7 billion which it recently approved for victims of the 2011 post- election violence in nine states to ensure fairness and equity.
Speaking at a meeting with leaders and representatives of the Middle Belt Forum, President Jonathan said that the Federal Government will do all within its powers to ensure that the money goes to real victims of the violence.
Responding to concerns raised by the delegation, the President said that although disbursements were already being made based on the recommendations of the various committees that examined claims for compensation, his administration will keep a close eye on the matter with a view to correcting any errors or omissions.
President Jonathan said that his administration will continue to work with the leadership of the Middle Belt Forum and other Nigerians to improve the living conditions of all citizens of the country.
“The Middle Belt has a key role to play in Nigeria. You have played a crucial role in keeping us united. I urge you to continue in that spirit,” he told members of the forum who were led by Chief Solomon Lar, Prof. Jerry Gana and Governor Jonah Jang.
Thanking the forum and the people of the Middle Belt for their support for his election in 2011, President Jonathan assured them that his administration will continue to work untiringly to justify their confidence in his leadership.
“We believe that God willing, we will make a very positive impact on the lives of the people of the Middle Belt to show you our appreciation,” he told the delegation which included several notable figures from the Middle Belt such as General Zamani Lekwot, General Joshua Dogonyaro, General Atom Kpera, Chief Fidelis Tapgun, Senator Ibrahim Mantu, Senator Jonathan Zwingina, Senator Ameh Ebute, Senator Joshua Dariye, Rev. Jolly Nyame, General Ishaya Bamaiyi, Dr. Bala Takaya, Ambassador Dan Suleiman, Hon. Margaret Ichei and Joe Gadzama.
The Forum pledged its continued support for the Jonathan Administration and asked for greater federal government support for development in the zone especially in the areas of water resources and solid minerals.