Bauchi State governor, Isa Yuguda has announced a compensation package of N20 million to the families of ten National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members killed during the post-presidential election violence in Bauchi state.
He also announced that the state has given 30 Hajj/Jerusalem seats to members of their families, as well as scholarship to two of the younger siblings of the slain corps members from secondary School to tertiary institutions in any university of their choice in Nigeria.
Mr Yuguda, while addressing a tumultuous crowd that converged at the IBB Square to witness his swearing-in ceremony, gave the NYSC director in the state the cheques for the money for onward transmission to the families of the deceased on behalf of the state government.
The occasion, which was low-keyed as a mark of honour to the slain youths and six others who were killed in the post-presidential election violence in the state, was done amidst tight security.
Participants were subjected to thorough search by security agents at the gate of the venue.
Mr Yuguda, who was re-elected as the state governor on April 28, 2011, added that 600 suspected perpetrators of what he described as ‘dastard and animalistic and barbaric act,’ have been charged to court and will be prosecuted accordingly.
Bauchi State Chief Judge, Ibrahim Mohammed Zango, who headed Yuguda’s Commission of Inquiry into the administration of former governor, Adamu Mu’azu swore in Mr Yuguda and his deputy, Sagir Aminu Saleh at a solemn ceremony.
Patience of electorate
The six emirs in Bauchi State, other traditional and religious leaders, civil servants, politicians and traders who abandoned their businesses were among the thousands who witnessed the ceremony.
Mr Yuguda who also commended traditional rulers in the state said his government has approved the creation of various districts, wards and hamlets and there will be a law to give them sufficient powers, to checkmate the growing insecurity in Bauchi State.
The governor expressed gratitude to the electorate for their confidence in him and the trust bestowed on him, “having gone through a rigorous process of patiently queuing under the hot sun to cast their votes to re-elect me as the governor of the state for a second term in office.”
The governor declared that he will continue to employ consensus-building methods in his dialogue with various communities before embarking any project to make it demand driven for the people’s benefit.