Bomb Victims Association of Nigeria, BVAN, has said that the Victims Support Fund, VSF, hardly meet the need of the bomb blast victims, calling on the federal government to include them into the management of it.
The Chairman of BVAN, Mr. Olatunji Kayode Oladele disclosed this Yesterday to Nigerian Pilot Newspapers, Abuja, through a telephone chat.
Oladele said instead of concentrating on the mandate given to the office of the VSF, which is to assist the victims of the insurgency and to alleviate their pains, the chairman VSF, Dr Sunday Ocheche went on to Evacuate Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs and distributed N20 million to seven hospitals in the North-east.
He described the evacuation of IDPs in the north-east and disbursement of N20 million to seven hospitals as an interference of mandate, noting that the fund would be properly managed if the affected group is directly involved in its management.
“The victim support fund is not meeting the need of victims who are still passing through the oodles and the aftermath of the victims is not captured in the distribution of the fund.
“VSF is not doing the work of the constitution but doing other people’s job. Evacuation of the IDPs and paying hospital bills are the work of National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA,” he explained
It was recalled that, the Chairman of VSF, Dr. Ocheche had challenged the association of the bomb blast to investigate what the fund was used for, if they are in doubt.
Reacting to this, the bomb blast victims’ chairman said that the association will not only investigate what the fund was spent on but insisted that it will be part of the management of the fund in order to alleviate the challenges of its members.
Nigerian Pilot Newspapers gathered that the BVAN was launched on the September 8, this year to cater for and protect the rights and welfare of victims of bomb explosions.

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