The Lagos State Government yesterday, 13th August 2020 presented compensation packages in cash to victims of a rainstorm that destroyed properties in four communities in Ikoga, Badagry Local Government Area in May this year.
Speaking at the event, the Governor of Lagos State through his representative, Hon. Bonu Solomon, stated that the Government of Lagos State is keen in ensuring that Lagosians enjoy dividends of democracy, noting that the Governor in particular has the people of Badagry at heart.
“Today, I am here representing the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and he asked me to present cash palliatives to the victims of the storm that occurred in May this year at Iragbo-Iragon Community. Because of protocols of Covid-19, we have divided the victims into two, the first set will receive their cash today and by next Thursday, the second set will receive theirs.
“The victims have been categorized according to the degree of damages to their properties. Those with minimal damages will receive N400,000 each today while victims with higher degrees of damages would receive a more robust package on Thursday next week” He said.
Mr. Bonu stressed that the Governor in his kind gesture has approached the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) furthering that in a matter of days, the national emergency body would be presenting roofing and food palliatives to the victims as well.
Speaking at the event, the Lagos State House of Assembly Member, Badagry Constituency II, Hon. Setonji David expressed his joy over the compensation of victims by the Governor noting that he was disturbed at the occurrence of the incident.
“I am happy that the people who their properties were affected during the incident are taking care of in one way or the other, even though the monetary compensation may not be enough because of some other things, the State Government has demonstrated that they care for their people.” He said.
His counterpart from Badagry Constituency I, Hon. Ibrahim Layode appreciated the Governor for the quick response and support given to the people of Badagry especially to the victims of the rainstorm that occurred in May at Iragbo, Iragon, Kemu and Ikoga respectively, appealing to citizens to be careful of where and how they build to avoid tragic occurrences.
“I want to appeal to our people, particularly the Balees, the representatives of Council and State about our physical planning. We also need to be careful of the way we erect our structures as this also contribute to the disaster that happens”. Layode said.
Hon Avoseh Hodewu, a member of the Lagos State Civil Service Commission, appluaded Mr. Babajide Sanwoolu for being compassionate and taking a prompt humanitarian step to see that the people who lost their properties to the storm are compensated, noting that this kind of gesture has always been heard on the media but people in the area can testify to it’s reality now.
The Executive Chairman, Badagry Local Government, Hon. Olusegun Onilude who is the host, expressed his profound gratitude to the state government for keeping a eye on the victims of the storm to ensure the compensation earlier promised is actualized.
“I want to thank everybody that has come, especially the day the incident happened, I saw unity, collaborations as we were calling ourselves to make sure we do something. When we work in unity, greater things are achieved. I want to specifically thank LASEMA for coming to our aid at a time like this”. He said.
Donations of cash and cheques were presented to victims of the incident at the event. From information gathered, Forty Five victims will benefit from the palliative package as Twenty Two received their compensation yesterday and according to the Governor’s representative, the remaining set will be receiving theirs next week.
Responding, the Balees of Iragbo and Iragon Togiri, expressed their profound gratitude to all those who have played active roles in ensuring the people of their communities enjoyed the opportunity, most especially the Governor of Lagos State.