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Victim Support Fund set up panel to review, strengthen operations

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Nov. 2, 2020 - The corporate governance and operations of the Victim Support Fun (VSF) has set up a panel to review the operations of the Fund since its inception to invigorate its leadership and strengthen its activities going forward.

Mr Alkasim Abdulkadir outgoing spokesperson of the VSF disclosed this in a statement on Monday in Abuja following a decision of the Board of the Fund during its 22nd Meeting in Abuja on Oct. 29.

According to the statement, Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (rtd.) Chairman, VSF said that the review panel will recommend procedures and actions that will further strengthen effective service delivery of the Fund.

Danjuma thanked the outgoing members of the board for their diligent service to the nation after serving for two terms, acknowledging the sacrifices and risks they take in discharging their duties.

The VSF Chairman further acknowledged the great contributions by the Board members who sacrificed their time to travel through hard-to-reach and high security risk areas at times it was extremely dangerous to do so.

“The corporate governance and operations of the Nigerian Foundation for the Support of Victims of Terrorism, known simply as Victim Support Fund (VSF), is set to be strengthened by its Chairman, Gen T.Y. Danjuma.

“This consequently, a Review Panel has been appointed to review the operations of the VSF since its inception.

“The panel will also recommend procedures and actions necessary to invigorate the Fund and strengthen its leadership.

“The impact of the work done by the VSF will resonate with communities for a long time to come”, the statement reads.

Danjuma also used the occasion to commend the outgoing Executive Director, Prof. Sunday Ochoche, for his commitment and courage in the discharge of his duties, wishing him well in his future endeavors.

It will be recalled that VSF was first setup as a Committee, before its corporate registration as a Company Limited by Guarantee in 2014, under the Companies and Allied Matters Act 1990 to scale up support for victims of terrorism.

The VSF has impacted the lives of displaced persons in areas of health, education, foster care for orphaned children, agriculture, women’s economic empowerment as well as the reconstruction of destroyed public infrastructure.

The Fund was also set up to work towards the restoration of civil authority in the North East.

Members of the Review Panel includes: Brig.- Gen. Jones Arogbofa (rtd) as Chairman, Amb. Usman Baraya, and Maj.- Gen Sule Labaran with Amb. John Gana serving to serve as Secretary of the Panel.

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