By Stanley Onyekwere
Barely three weeks after the mayhem that trailed the EndSARS protests in Abuja, leading to destruction of lives and property, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has inaugurated a Ministerial committee to identify and recommend appropriate compensation for the victims.
Inaugurating the Committee yesterday, the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, said part of its mandate is to visit and assess the extent of damage to individual and public properties and assign value.
Bello disclosed that the Committee headed by the Director-General of FCT Emergency Management Agency, Abass Idriss, has two (2) weeks to submit its report.
His words: “The Committee has two (2) weeks to submit its report on the following Terms of Reference (TOR): Visit and assess the extent of damage to individual and public properties and assign value.
“Identify those Affected and ascertain their Losses. Identify lives affected and assess the loss suffered.
“Recommend Level and modalities of compensation; and advise the FCT Administration generally on measures to forestall future occurrences”
Similarly, the FCTA Permanent Secretary, Olusade Adesola, decried the loss of lives and property during the Endsars protests, which was hijacked by suspected hoodlums.
He charge the members of the committee to put in their best to deliver on the mandate given them by the Minister.
Responding, the Committee’s chairman, who doubles as the DG FEMA, Abbas Idriss assured that the committee would do its best to deliver on the assignment within the stipulated timeframe.