The United Bank for Africa (UBA), on Tuesday, donated N10 million to victims of the recent communal clashes that erupted at Assakio in Lafia-East Local Government of Nasarawa State.
The crisis broke out between the Alago and Eggon ethnic groups on June 1, leaving scores dead and property worth millions of naira destroyed.
John Idoko, UBA’s regional head, presented the cheque on behalf of the bank to the state Deputy Governor, Dameshi Luka.
He said that UBA was touched by the recent happenings in its business community and saw the need to assist by providing a token.
Idoko said that the bank enjoyed tremendous patronage and support from the people of the state; adding that the bank decided to assist in the peace process by making the donation as part of its social responsibility.
He explained that the bank decided to make the donation through government because of its belief that “the state government is in touch with those affected by the crisis”.
Idoko urged the people of the state to embrace peace as the only alternative for the development of the state.
Responding, Luka thanked the bank for finding it worthy to assist the state and its peace initiative through the donation.
He said that it would go a long way to ameliorate the plight of the displaced persons at various camps, adding that the fund would be judiciously spent on the victims of the crisis.