The Federal Government on Monday named former Minister of Defence, Lt-Gen. TY Danjuma, former Managing Director of GTBank Plc, Fola Adeola, former Managing Director of Zenith Bank Plc, Jim Ovia, Africa’s richest woman, Mrs. Folorunsho Alakija, and 21 others as members of the Committee on Boko Haram
Victims Support Fund in a bid to scale up support for victims of
insurgency and terror attacks nationwide.
The committee will be inaugurated on Wednesday at the Council Chamber, Aso Villa, Abuja before the Federal Executive Council meeting.
According to a statement by the Secretary to the Government of the
Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim, the Committee is to mobilize resources and administer appropriate support to victims of insurgency and Boko Haram terror activities all over the country.
Anyim said President Goodluck Jonathan had approved the composition and
appointment of members of the Committee which has Danjuma as chairman while Adeola is deputy chairman.
Other members are Alhaji Mohammed Indimi, Alhaji Abdulsamad I. Rabiu, Alhaji Sani Dauda, Cosmas Maduka, Mr. Jim Ovia, Wale Tinubu, Alhaji Sani Sidi, DG, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and Air Vice Marshal Tony Omenyi (Representing Defence Headquarters).
Others are CP Salisu Fagge, representing Nigerian Police Force, Mr. Sayana
Yusuf, representing Department of State Services, Chief Uche Secondus, PDP Deputy National Chairman (South), Alhaji Tijani Tunsah, APC Deputy National
Chairman (North), representative of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN),
Representative of Jamaatul Nasril Islam (JNI), and Chief (Mrs.) Nkechi
Mba, representing National Council of Women Societies.
Others are Prof. Ben Angwe, Executive Secretary, National Human Rights
Commission (NHRC), Representative of the United Nations (UN),
Representative of Department for International Development (DFID),
Representative of Unites States Agency for International Development
(USAID, Representative of International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC),
Alh. Balarabe Musa, Representing Conference of Nigerian Political Parties
(CNPP), Two (2) Representatives of Local Civil society/Youth Groups (Male &
Female) and Office of the Secretary to the Government of the
Federation (OSGF) as Secretariat.
The terms of reference include:
To identify sources and ways of raising
sustainable funding to support victims of Boko Haram terror activities;
To develop appropriate strategies for the fund raising; To ascertain the persons, communities, facilities and economic assets affected by Boko Haram terror activities;
To assess and determine the appropriate support required in each case; To manage, disburse or administer support to the victims as
To address related challenges as may be appropriate; and,
To advise Government on other matter(s) necessary or incidental to support victims of Boko Haram terror activities.