- AYODELE ABERE in Ado-Ekiti•
Governor Kayode Fayemi of Governor of Ekiti State has commiserated with victims of Tuesday’s rainstorm, which damaged some buildings in Ado-Ekiti and some parts of the state and pledged the support of the state government towards mitigating their losses.
Determined to ensure timely intervention, the Governor has directed the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) in collaboration with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to come up with the detailed record of affected areas and individuals for necessary support.
The Governor also appealed to the PHCN and BEDC to move round the affected areas and tidy up damaged electricity poles and cables so that power supply can be restored to the areas.
While government would do her beats in ensuring that support gets to the affected individuals and families, government is also appealing to well- meaning members of the public and philanthropists to come to the aid of the victims of the rainstorm in whatever way possible.
Government is of the view that effects of rainstorms or other natural disaster can be mitigated if individuals would take some precautionary measures. These measures include carrying out routine checks on individual buildings and structures; clearing of drainages and refraining from indiscriminate dumping refuse on rivers, roads, drainages and median.
The Governor has also directed that those who were affected by the rainstorm, but who were yet to be visited by officials of the Ministry of Environment or SEMA should take photographs of their damaged buildings with other proofs and report at the office of the agency for proper documentation.
Governor Fayemi said necessary measures would be put in place to ensure that the coming raining season does not bring havoc.