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By: Ade Adeleke
…. Akeredolu hailed for the gesture
Tear of joy flowed on the faces of 123 devastated victims of the last year fire and flood disasters in Akure, the state capital as Ondo State Government disbursed the sum of fifty one million naira(N51m) to them to lessen their burdens.
The beneficiaries were those who lost their valuable goods to fire outbreak at Erekasan Market and Oyarugbulem junction along Akure-Ilesha expressway.
Flood victims caused by Ala River around Ayedun in Akure also benefitted from the fund.
They were full of praises to Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN’s led administration for keeping to his promise, saying the governor has proven to them that his government is beyond lip service.
They added that the money will go a long way to cushion the hardship effect and also revive their hopes the disasters had caused them.
Akeredolu, at the ceremony held at Cocoa Conference Hall in the Governor’s, advised residents including shop owners to take necessary precautions to avoid future occurrence of various disasters.
Akeredolu represented by his Deputy, Hon. Agboola Ajayi said instead of buying materials, decided to give cash as a form of relief.
He noted that the state government being a proactive and as part of its campaign promises had to come to the rescue of the people.
“Flood occurs as a result of blockage of river channels, so our people should desist from dropping refuse in drainages. We have environmental system that is very good, and people should take advantage of it.
“Shop owners should ensure they disconnect all electrical appliances at night before closing their shops to avoid fire incidents,” he said.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary,Office of the Deputy Governor, Mrs Desola Alabi told newsmen that the gesture was to cushion the effect of the disaster on the victims
Alabi said none of the victims got less than two hundred and fifty thousand naira.
In his vote of thanks, One of the beneficiaries, Bolarinwa Benson thanked the government for always coming to rescue of disaster victim.
Benson said they never believed government was honest when they started collating names of victims, but appreciated the kind gesture of the the governor.