In fulfillment of the promise to bring succor to victims of the Soba Explosion in the Abule-Ado area of the State, the Lagos State government today presented cheque to families of the 23 deceased victims of the disaster.
Speaking at the brief event held at Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos State Deputy Governor, who doubles as the Chairman of the Emergency Relief Committee, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat, stated that the presentation is meant to mitigate the impact of the tragedy on members of the families.
The Deputy Governor stated further that the gesture is part of the State government’s efforts to assist the victims, saying work is also ongoing to ensure the return of normalcy in the area.
Disclosing that the Committee is in contact with the Electricity Distribution Company to bring power back to the area and also working with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation on the status of the pipelines, Hamzat reiterated the commitment of the State government to the social pact of providing demonstrative and democratic governance that ensures safety of lives and property of the citizens.
He further disclosed that efforts are on to re-plan the community to guide against re-occurrence.
Hamzat further disclosed that the State government is also settling the hospital bills of the victims while accommodating and taking responsibility for the well-being of displaced families at the State Emergency Relief Camp.
He said: “I assure you that we feel and share in your pains therefore you will continue to be in our prayers as no life can be equated to material compensation.”
In his remarks, the Commissioner for Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations, Engr. Tayo Bamgbose-Martins, disclosed that the event is a demonstration of the commitment of the state government in alleviating the pains of victims of the explosion.
He added that it is also to remind the victims and their families that they are in the thought of the State government even as the Committee continues its work towards the return of normal life in the community.
Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, Director, Education, Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, Monsignor Jerome Oduntan, thanked the State government for the kind gesture and support.