By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti
Not less than 600 victims of rainstorm in Ekiti State have benefitted from the governmeynt succour at the flag off of the distribution of cash and relief materials to them.
The victims were drawn from communities that suffered from the rain storm that occurred on March 8th, 20th and April 2nd of this year.
Performing the official flag off of the distribution of cash and relief materials in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday, the Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, said the gesture was to demonstrate the commitment of the state government to alleviating the pains of the rainstorm victims.
Egbeyemi speaking through the Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr. Tade Aluko, said the cash gift and relief items were palliative measures to ameliorate the loss the beneficiaries suffered during the rainstorm.
According to a statement by the Special Assistant (Media) to the Deputy Governor, Odunayo Ogunmola, relief materials distributed included food stuffs, iron roofing sheets, nails, asbestos, mattresses, clothes, detergents among others.
One of the beneficiaries was the Alare of Are-Ekiti in Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government Area, Oba Jacob Boluwade Adebiyi, whose palace roof was recently blown off by rainstorm that wreaked havoc in his community.
The Deputy Governor explained that the administration of Dr Kayode Fayemi would not relent in ensuring prompt intervention in whatever hardship the people of the State might be going through.
Egbeyemi stressed that the administration of Fayemi was committed to accountability and transparency in managing the commonwealth of the people.
He disclosed that the distribution of the relief material was a collaborative effort of both the State Government and Federal Government through National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
While assuring that the state government would ensure prudent management of available resources meant for the victims,
Emphasizing the need to imbibe the culture of environmental preservation through the planting of trees, Egbeyemi, maintained that the use of quality building materials would reduce future occurrence of similar mishap.
Presenting his address,the Director General of NEMA, Mr Mustapha Maihaja assured that his agency would continue to collaborate with relevant stakeholders towards efficient and effective disaster prevention, preparedness, mitigation and response in managing disasters in the country.
Maihaja who was represented by Ekiti NEMA Head of Operations, Mr Olusegun Afolayan, called on well meaning individuals to join the agency in advocating for a disaster-free environment.
Such measures,according to him, include developing the culture of building sustainable drainage system, and continued discouragement of indiscriminate dumping of refuse into drainages.
In his address, the General Manager of SEMA, Mr Jide Borode explained that beneficiaries were victims of the rainstorm that occurred around March and April this year in Ado, Ilejemeje, Irepodun/Ifelodun and Oye local government areas of the State.
Borode commended Governor Fayemi for approving a relief material and cash gift worth N18 million to the affected victims.
The SEMA boss revealed that his agency together with representatives of NEMA in the State made on the spot assessment of damages suffered by victims before selecting them for the programme.
The Head Of Service in the State, Mr Ayodeji Ajayi, and other top government functionaries were present at the flag off ceremony.