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Fashola disburses N15m to Fadeyi fire victims

By Bestman Joseph
LAGOS—It was praises and prayers galore for the Governor Babatunde Fashola administration in Lagos State, as victims of  the May 2007 fire disaster at Fadeyi, Lagos, received financial assistance from the state government.

The exercise, anchored by the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASFMA), in Alausa, Ikeja, weekend, saw no fewer than 56 beneficiaries smiling home with graduated sums, totalling N15 million.

In his address,  Commissioner for Special Duties, Dr. Tola Kasali, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Adekunle Odubela, noted that the Fadeyi fire incident was particularly pathetic, as it was not caused by the carelessness of any of the victims but by an external factor.

He said, though some people had already foreclosed any form of government assistance, the exercise lent credence to the sincerity, humanness and populism of the Fashola administration.

He advised the beneficiaries to handle electric-powered domestic appliances with care to avoid fire outbreaks.
Speaking at the event, the General   Manager/CEO  of  the   Lagos  State Emergency  Management  Agency (LASEMA), Dr. Oluwafemi Oke-Osanyintolu, chronicled the government’s varied financial assistance through his agency, stressing that the whole essence was tò give succour to traumatised citizens.

He said, “The handing of financial packages to victims of disasters by the state government has been coming at astonishing regularity. The most recent  include the cash relief for victims of the Tejuosho Market fire, Iponri Market fire, victims of Epe political disturbances of 2007, victims of the 2008 rain and windstorm in Orile-Agege, to mention a few.” He, however,  advised the beneficiaries to put the money to good uses.

Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on LASEMA, Mr. Michael Akindele, urged people to be cautious and alert at all times, while thanking the government for its people-focused policies and programmes.

Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mr. Chiemeke Samuel, leader of the residents of Ojelade Street, worst hit  by the inferno, paid glowing tribute to the faithfulness of Governor Babatunde Fashola, stressing that “Fashola is not leading a deceitful government, God will continue to guide him and his cabinet”.

The event was attended by top civil servants of the Ministry of Special Duties and LASEMA.


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