By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti
Over 70 houses have been reportedly destroyed by rainstorm in some communities in Ekiti State in the last few days while Are-Ekiti in Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government Area of the state, is mostly affected.
However,the traditional ruler of Are-Ekiti,Oba Boluwade Adebiyi has called on both the state and the federal governments to come to the aid of his community.
Speaking to reporters in his palace yesterday,Oba Adebiyi,lamented that his palace and more than thirty other buildings were affected by the heavy rainstorm that rendered many homeless in his domain.
He said,”as you can see ,part of the palace roof has been blown off, but that is not my immediate problem now. My concern now is how to take of my people that have become homeless by this natural disaster “
One of the victims of the rainstorm, Mr. Ayodele Anisulowo of number 18, Odo Ode street lamented that the roof of his family house was blown off by the rainstorm, and the whole household has rendered homeles ,m while many were properties destroyed by rain water .
“Anisulowo is not the only victim of the rainstorm. Madam Jibiye Adeleye an octogenarian window has been forced to relocate to her father’s house pending the time her children can repair their father’s house.
She lamented :”I thank God that I am a native of Are Ekiti, I have a place to keep my head for now. But it is not convenient at all . l have been married for almost sixty years and since I left for my husband’s house, I have not slept a night here in my father’s house. ”
Oba Adebiyi who said he has contacted relevant state and federal authorities to come to the aid of the community also appealed to the indigenes of Are- Ekiti in diaspora to come home and help their people at home.
The monarch explains, “immediately after the rainstorm, I sent some of my chiefs to inform the state government,I also contacted the officials of the National Emergency Management Agency ,(NEMA) and Iam with their quick response”.
Oba Adebiyi who explained that the victims are yet to get relief materials, expressed the hope that both the Ekiti State Emergency Management Agency, and its Federal counterpart that jointly visited the community will do something very soon.
Meanwhile,the General Manager of Ekiti State Emergency Management Agency, Mr. Buruji Olajide has told journalists that Are- Ekiti was not the only community affected by the rainstorm.
According to him, Ado-Ekiti,the state capital and some other communities like,Afao and Igbemo,in Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government of Ekiti State were equally affected. Other towns like Isan- Ekiti and Iludun in Oye Local Government were also hit by the heavy rainstorm.
He stated ,”The State Emergency Management Agency and NEMA have jointly visited some of the affected areas for on the spot accessment of the damages. More thirty houses were destroyed in each of san and Iludun. Forty roof houses were blown off in Afao, more than fourty five houses were affected in Are-Ekiti. Among the properties destroyed in Afao,was the newly completed Gifted Academy in Afao-Ekiti.
“We have visited some of the affected communities to assess the level of damages. We have been able to establish that more than 70 houses were affected, we thank God that no casualty was recorded, but we are still compiling our report ,when it is ready ,we shall state the total number of the victims”.