On Thursday, Lagos State Government has donated building materials to the victims of Abete/Iwaya fire disaster, the materials were presented to the Yaba Local Council Development Area officials for onward delivery to the victims
The General Manager of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, at the event, assured the victims, who were living in the state Resettlement Camp, Agbowa, that coaching centers had been arranged for their children, adding that relevant ministries had been instructed to take up the education and vocational skills training of the children while in the camp.
Oke-Osayintolu, who was represented by the agency’s Director of Operations, Mr. Olusegun Magnus-Davis, told the Executive Secretary of the council, Mrs. Bola Lawal, that the items were given to help the victim to start again, despite the fact that the government had been responsible for the feeding of the over 500 victims in the camp.
He said, “There are 200 bundles of roofing sheets, 200 bags of cement and 30 bags of nails. More materials are still coming. We have done part of the presentation at the Agbowa relief camp. We have to bring these sets of materials here for the council to help distribute to the victims because the council is closer to them.”
“Don’t forget that the victims in the camp are being fed by the state government in addition to their health care services. There is no way they will leave the camp without the government doing something for them as assistance.”
Receiving the items, the Council Secretary, Lawal, commended the state government and LASEMA for the gesture, saying that the building materials would go a long way in alleviating the pains of the residents who lost almost all their belongings to the fire.
Lawal, who said her council had also assisted the victims right from the day of the tragedy, added that efforts had been intensified to sensitise the populace, especially those living in wooden houses, on the need to be safety conscious to avert fire disaster.
On the strategies to be adopted in distributing the materials to victims, Lawal said,
“We have the list of the victims and their phone numbers, we will go through it and we will immediately commence distribution of the items. Timely distribution of the items will also assist the victims in getting their lives back so they can continue their businesses.”