Palliative care for the victims of the rainfall that damaged several homes at Ilokun, a farmhouse within Ado Ekiti city, on Saturday has been promised by the Ekiti State Government.
Over seven structures in the neighborhood along Ado-Iworoko road were demolished by a two-hour-long, intense storm and torrential downpour, leaving the victims without a place to live.
Speaking on Monday during a visit to the town for an on-the-spot assessment, Chief (Mrs.) Monisade Afuye, the Deputy Governor, expressed sympathy for the victims and pledged that the government would provide assistance to lessen their consequences.
In a statement, Afuye’s Special Assistant on Media, Victor Ogunje, said that she advised the victims to gather their names and forward them to the Ekiti State Emergency Management Agency (EKSEMA) so that prompt action could be taken.
The deputy governor urged citizens to adopt a maintenance culture on their structures in order to stop the frequent occurrence of damage being seen after rainstorms. He was joined in this request by representatives of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the EKSEMA.
“Let me express my sympathies on behalf of Governor Biodun Oyebanji for this unforeseen incident,” she stated. She gave me instructions to get here so we could assess the extent of the destruction on your premises right now.
We give thanks to God that no lives were lost and that any damage done to your structures may still be fixed, but lost lives cannot be restored. This is how I want you to think about it.
You are aware that our administration is pro-masses, and as such, we will do all in our power to lessen the impact that this incident is having on you.
“We are grateful that NEMA and EKSEMA representatives are present with me. They will begin taking action as soon as you deliver your letters to their offices.
However, I urge everyone to constantly take precautions to keep their structures from being destroyed by storms. Prior to the onset of the rainy season, we need to perform the necessary repairs to our buildings.
“Maintenance culture is largely lacking, and we need to shift our focus to ensure our safety.”