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Scores homeless as rainstorm destroys 40 houses in Ekiti

From Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti


Rainstorm has  blown off the roofs of no fewer than forty residential houses including a public institution at Itapaji–Ekiti, in Ikole local government area of Ekiti State.

Following the destructive rainfall, over hundred residents have been rendered homeless.

The Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Mrs Monisade Afuyẹ, immediately led an entourage of government officials on an inspection tour to the sleepy community.

She appealed to residents of the state to embrace tree planting around residential buildings to prevent alarming rate of destruction of buildings by rainstorm.

Afuyẹ said recurrent decimal of building wreckage being witnessed in some communities could have been averted, if residents embraced tree planting that could break destructive wind during torrential downpour.

The Deputy Governor made this known in Itapaji Ekiti, Ikole local government area on Monday, while inspecting some buildings that were destroyed by tornado in the town last weekend.

To arrest such sordid scenario, the deputy governor, said there was expediency of landlords ensuring adequate maintenance of their structures to either forestall or reduce such devastating occurrence.

Sympathising with the victims, Afuye pledged the support of the state government for those who had been rendered homeless as a result of the highly distraught rainstorm incidence.

“This is one occurrence that was heart-rending, very devastating. I have never seen any rainstorm of this extent. Not long ago, we went to inspect some buildings that were destroyed at Ijelu and Omu Ekiti in Oye Local Government. The reoccurrence of this kind of incidence was becoming worrisome to us as a government .

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“We thank God that nobody died. But losing property under this avoidable situation is painful. We want our people to embrace tree planting around their houses. Trees are wind breakers that can help us protect our structures against damage.

“Besides tree planting, we should endeavour to carry out regular turn around maintenance on our buildings. This is very essential to prevent us losing our buildings to rainstorm”, Oyebanji stated.

The Deputy Governor personally visited the home of a 120-year old victim, Chief Ajayi Fabunmi to sympathise with her over the wreckage on her building.

Conducting the deputy governor and other officials round the wreckage, the Olu of Itapaji, Oba Abdulazees Adebanjo, applauded the state governor for showing compassion to the victims, particularly the expeditious way with which he visited the community. .

Oba Adebanjo, represented by Oluketu of Itapaji, Chief Olaoye Olusesan, pleaded with government to speedily grant the requests of the victims and give support that could bail them out their current precarious situation.

Speaking about other facilities that could add modernity to the agrarian community, the monarch appealed to government to restore electricity to the community that had been in perpetual darkness for about 20 years.

“The last time we had electricity supply here in Itapaji was 2008. This had affected our local economy. Some of those who were into private businesses had either folded up or left the town. We need help in this regard”, the monarch said.

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