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Published On: Fri, Dec 4th, 2020

#EndSARS aftermath: FCT receives report on damage assessment

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By Stanley Onyekwere

The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has received the report of the Ministerial Committee set up to assess losses and damage in the wake of the mayhem that followed the #EndSARS protests in the Territory.
Receiving the report on Tuesday, Bello commended the Committee for the timely submission of its report and assured that issues raised will be looked into with the view to ensuring that there is no repeat of such incident in the nation’s capital.
He said: “We will look at the report and use it as a means of ensuring that we don’t allow such to happen again in the future.
“I am sure the content of the report will guide the Administration to do the needful”.
While conveying the appreciation of the FCT Administration for the efforts of the committee, the Minister assured that relevant organs of the Administration will look at the report critically.
He stressed that, “If there is a need for the Administration to call you back to go through other aspects of the report or to implement the report, I hope you will make yourself available at that time”.
Earlier, while pesenting the report to the Minister, the Chairman of FCT #EndSARS Damage Assessment Committee, Alhaji Idriss Abbas, said submissions were received from the general public to ascertain the extent of damage in line with the terms of reference given to the Committee.
Idriss who is also the Director General of the FCT Emergency Management Agency, said the assessment was all encompassing.
According to him: “we carried out a physical assessment of these affected places and we used different methodologies to arrive at our report. We had meetings, we also went on on-the-spot assessment and interacted with some of the victims affected.
“We have already carried out publicity and given due priority via print and electronic media so that the public will be aware of this Committee and make submissions so that nobody will be left out”.
It would be recalled that following the unrest that erupted in parts of the FCT in the wake of the EndSARS protests, the Minister had on November 5, 2020 inaugurated a 18-member committee to assess losses and damages within a 2-week time frame.

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