Flood: ODSG succours victims
By Evelyn Omotoye
No fewer than 123 persons who recently suffered various forms of disaster in Ondo State have been assisted with N51m as a form of relief by the state government.
The state governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu while distributing the cash donations to the people in Akure stated that the move by his government is part of its campaign promises to be proactive and responsive to the plight of its people
The governor represented by his deputy, Mr. Agboola Ajayi expressed concern over the spate of flood and fire disaster in the state in recent times, noting that most of such incidents are preventable.
He urged the residents including shop owners to take necessary precautions to avoid future occurrence of any form of these preventable disasters.
His words: ““Flood occurs as a result of blockage of river channels , so our people should desist from dumping refuse in drainages and canals.
“We have a very functional environmental sanitation system in place in the state, people should take advantage of it for proper waste disposal.
“Shop owners should ensure that they disconnect all electrical appliances and put out any fireplace before closing their shops for the day to avoid fire outbreak”, he added
Akeredolu however assured that his administration will not relent in responding promptly to any distress call and the plight of its people.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Deputy Governor, Mrs Desola Alabi, while speaking with newsmen noted that the government’s gesture was to cushion the effect of the disaster on the victims.
Alabi stated that none of the victims got less than N250,000 as a form of relief to their losses.
One of the beneficiaries, Bolarinwa Blessing who gave vote of thanks on behalf of others said they never believed government would keep its promise when it first began collation of names of the victims after inspecting the scene of the incident.
He however expressed appreciation for the kind gesture shown by the governor to the victims, saying it would no doubt go a long way in putting them back on track.
The beneficiaries were those victims affected by flood at Ala/Araromi/Ayedun and its environs, victims of fire disaster at the Erekesan market and Onyearugbulem at Shagari village junction in Akure which claimed lots of lives and property last year.
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