Governor Ifeanyi Okowa yesterday announced a N10 million donation to the Scholarship Endowment Fund instituted by the Uwheru community in Ughelli North Local Council of Delta State for the 26 children of the 10 persons killed by herdsmen between February 13 and 15,2020.
Represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Chiedu Ebie, during a condolence visit to the kingdom, the governor also announced a financial support of N700,000 each for the families of the victims and N750,000 to the only survivor of the attack
Okowa, who is also the chairman of the South-South Governors’ Forum, restated that the state chief executives had decided to revive the BRACED Commission to work out the modalities for the establishment of a regional security to complement the conventional security architecture.
He appealed to well-meaning Nigerians “to donate to the Scholarship Endowment Fund to enable children of the victims acquire education from the primary to tertiary levels”, adding that the state government was concerned about the education of the affected children.
According to Okowa, “the issue of herdsmen attack was a national issue and bane of the country, as the ravaging herdsmen had caused a lot of destruction, killings, maiming and raping of women. And the government was determined to improve the security situation of the state.”
He lamented: “There was nothing the state government could do to bring back the 10 persons who died other than to sympathise with the people and give some level of support to the families.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Higher Education, Prof. Patrick Muboghare, who spoke on behalf of the kingdom, thanked the governor for identifying with the people in their moments of grief.
Rationalising the setting up of the endowment fund to cater for the education needs of the beneficiaries, the commissioner commended the State government for keying into the project by donating N10 million towards its advancement.
Muoboghare noted: “But for the timely intervention of Governor Okowa, Uwheru community would have been wiped out. It is instructive to note that nine out of the 10 persons killed by the herdsmen died in the bush, while one died at the hospital. And the 11th person, Kenneth Okerohwo, who survived the attack, is recuperating in the hospital.”
In the same vein, Chief Jabin Oyibokure, who spoke on behalf of the town’s monarch, appealed to the state government to restore lasting peace in the kingdom.