The Federal Government has approved a total of N3.2 billion to assist in the rebuilding of the bombed United Nations (UN) house in Abuja, consisting of N2.6 billion for the reconstruction of the building and N600 million for renting of alternative accommodation.
The bomb blast on the 26th of August, 2011 claimed 23 lives and injured over 120 persons working in the building at the time of the blast.
Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Senator Bala Mohammed disclosed this yesterday when he paid a visit to the Foreign Affairs Ministry along with UN officials as part of the one year remembrance ceremony of the bomb blast.
While the Federal Government has been criticized in the last one year for delay in the reconstruction of the UN building, the minister maintained that reconstruction of the building was put on hold due to absence of indigenous experts needed to conduct integrity test on the building.
He said remediation will commence before the end of this year, stressing that the integrity test of the building has now been completed.
Against complaints by surviving non-UN victims of the blast over non-payment of compensation and neglect of medical bills by government, the Minister also assured of government’s plan to compensate victims of the bomb blast.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Olugbenga Ashiru, at the occasion reiterated support of the federal government for the UN and other international bodies in Nigeria.