Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has asked the National Assembly to donate his severance allowance to the family of Leah Sharibu, among others.
He divided the severance package, which is about N7.5 million, into four donations.
This was contained in a statement by Saraki’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu.
According to him, 20 percent of the severance allowance is to be donated to the family of Leah Sharibu while 20 percent is also to be paid to the family of Hauwa Liman, an aid worker brutally murdered by Boko Haram after she was captured.
Another 20 percent is to be donated to the family of the second aid worker, Hussaini Ahmed Khoisan, also murdered in the same circumstance by Boko Haram.
The remaining 40 percent will be donated to children of deceased members of the Eighth Senate who are in financial need for their education.
Saraki explained that his decision to use the severance package to support the selected victims of the insurgency was based on the fact that their cases represented some of the most touching humanitarian issues debated at the plenary during the four years of the Eighth Senate.
He directed that the National Assembly Management set up a Trust Fund that will assist children of deceased members of the Eighth Senate.
According to him: “It is my hope that this TRUST FUND should grow with more contributions from my dear colleagues, present, past and future, who may be moved to put in additional money into it.
“The Clerk of the National Assembly will immediately get an official letter from me mandating him to act as stated above on the disbursement of my Severance Allowance.”
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