By Evelyn Omotoye
Succour has come the way of victims of the sea incursion that occurred at Ayetoro in Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State as the state government, through the State Emergency Management Agency, (SEMA), at the weekend distributed relief materials to them.
Speaking during the event at Ayetoro, the state Deputy Governor, Hon. Agboola Ajayi said the gesture was to cushion the effects of the ugly event on the residents.
Ajayi, who doubles as the Chairman of SEMA, lamented the incident, saying the Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN)-led administration in the state is committed to the welfare of the citizenry particularly in time of such natural disasters.
Represented at the occasion, by Chief Bisi Ilawole, a Commissioner in the Ondo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, (OSOPADEC), Ajayi, who stressed the importance of peace for any meaningful development, urged the people to always embrace peace so that the state would maintain its status as the most peaceful state in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.
Also speaking at the occasion, the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Deputy Governor, Mrs Desola Alabi noted that though the state government has made donations to relieve the people, efforts were on to seek intervention from the Federal Government and the international community to find a permanent solution to the incessant sea incursion as the matter was already beyond what the state government alone can handle.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Caretaker Chairman of the council, Mr. Fayowole Aworetan thanked the state government for finding a way to ameliorate the pains of the people occasioned by the incursion.
He urged the people to reciprocate the gesture by supporting the government at all times so as to reap more dividends of good governance.
Mr. Iretolu Ajinde and Olasele Adetokunbo who spoke to newsmen on behalf of the beneficiaries, expressed appreciate the state government for being responsive to their plights.
Some of the items distributed to the victims include food stuffs, beddings, building materials among others.
It would be recalled that the Deputy Governor had led the state delegation on an inspection tour of Ayetoro community earlier in July when the incident occurred.