Senate Approves Bill to Compensate EndSARS Victims | #NwokeukwuMascot
The Nigerian Senate has passed a bill aimed at compensating the victims of the EndSARS protest. The bill, sponsored by Senator Gershom Bassey from Cross River State, was given the green light during the second reading on Wednesday.
Senator Bassey, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), presented the bill, which seeks to establish the EndSARS Victims Compensation Fund. He highlighted the need to address the demands of the protesters and provide compensation for verified victims of the protest.
The Senator reminded his colleagues of the grave consequences of the nationwide protests that occurred in October 2020. He emphasized the violence perpetrated by rampaging hoodlums who took advantage of the demonstrations, resulting in the loss of lives and widespread destruction of private and public property.
Expressing his concern, Senator Bassey stated, "The victims have been left to suffer from the injuries inflicted upon them by these hoodlums during the protest." He further mentioned that the implementation of compensation recommendations has been disheartening so far.
The establishment of the EndSARS Victims Compensation Fund and the subsequent implementation of the recommendations put forth by the judicial panels of inquiry and the Senate Joint Committee on EndSARS would provide much-needed relief for the victims. Senator Bassey passionately appealed to his colleagues for their support in passing the amendment bill.
The bill has now been referred to the Committee on Special Duties for further legislative input. The committee is expected to present its findings to the plenary within one week. The passage of this bill represents a crucial step towards acknowledging and supporting the victims of the 2020 EndSARS protests.
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