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UN gives benevolence fund to 14 victims of 2011 Abuja UN HQ bomb blast


ABUJA – The UN office in Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja offered N180,000 to 14 victims of the 2011 UN Headquarters bomb blast.
Mr Noma Owens, the President of Federation of UN Staff Associations of Nigeria (FUNSAN) said that the money was from benevolence fund for the staff and dependents that was launched recently.
He said that the fund was an internal mechanism to cater for the families of victims who suffered injury or disability or died in the 2011 UN Headquarters bomb blast.
According to Owens, the benevolence fund is an idea conceived by UN members of staff to mobilise resources to support the dependents of colleagues who died in the blast.
“It is also to support non UN staff; people who are not our personnel but work with us; provide support such as cleaners, security personnel and restaurant staff, among others.
“When they are able to show evidence that they have needs, we will provide some token to support them,’’ he said.
He urged the beneficiaries to accept the amount in their individual cheque as solidarity with the families and a token from the UN.
“We hope that this will be a way of encouraging you to continue to strive to support development in Nigeria and also to support our own mandate as UN system in Nigeria.’’
The UN staff appreciated the leadership of the organisation for giving beneficiaries the gift before the Christmas holidays.
Mr Innocent Okpe, who spoke on behalf the beneficiaries, thanked the UN for the kindness and money given to them.
“We will continue to contribute our quota to develop Nigeria,’’ Okpe said. (NAN)

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