Yahaya Bello, Governor of Kogi State, said no particular amount has been decided as compensation for members of the Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers in Nigeria (AUFCDN), following the suspension of their strike.
Bello said this in an interview on Friday.
Members of AUFCDN had blocked the movement of cattle and foodstuffs from the northern part of the country to the southern area for almost a week over what they described as incessant attacks on their members in the South, especially after the Sasa crisis in Oyo State.
The blockade was, however, suspended following the intervention of Bello and Femi Fani-Kayode, a former minister of aviation.
One of the terms of settlement, according to Muhammad Tahir, AUFCDN President, is that the Federal Government will pay the traders’ union N4.75 billion as compensation.
But when asked about the accuracy of the amount, Governor Bello said the Federal Government had not decided. He, however, stated that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led would fulfil its pledge.
“The Amalgamated union crisis has been resolved and there are demands and one of the demands is compensation. As I speak to you now, there has not been any number or figure put forward or I have advanced to the Federal Government for compensation; it is just an agreement in principle that okay, we have heard you, please sheathe your swords, return back to your food supply,” the governor said on Channels Television‘s Politics Today.
“So, no figure has been ascertained at all. At least, there should be names, there should be police reports and worth of properties damaged and that has not been given to me by now.
“What Mr President has directed is that I should liaised with the police and other security agencies to ensure lives are secured and that extortion stops.”
Asked about when the government would pay the traders, the governor said:
“There are demands, about four of them and one of them is compensation. Amount to be compensated will be determined as days pass by. Remember there were lives and properties that were destroyed during #EndSARS and the Shasha massacre. So, all these have not been determined. It is not easy, so they couldn’t have come up with a number.
“As soon as the numbers are put forward and we are able to aggregate and verify, we shall push it forward.”