Kwara govt donates N31m to Jebba tanker fire victims
By Oluseyi Dasilva, Ilorin
Victims of the Jebba tanker fire disaster in, Moro local government area of the state had started receiving relief packages from Kwara state government as promised during an assessment tour.
The disbursement started on Thursday with over N31m cash compensation handed over to 194 victims of unfortunate accident that consumed millions of properties, rendering several homeless.
“This fund is made available by the government to the victims of fuel tanker accident that occurred in December, last year. Not only this, His Excellency came last year and gave some money to the people to cushion the effects of the incident,” chairman Jebba Fire Disaster Relief Committee and deputy house leader, Kwara State House of Assembly, John Bello, said at the event in Jebba.
“Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq came here immediately in December last year and gave the sum of N5m to 100 victims. We want to appreciate him for all what he has done for the people of Jebba.
“We are going to pay 194 victims within three working days. His Excellency approved the sum of over N31m and depending on the extent of the damage incurred, each victim gets between N30,000 and N1m. For some that their houses were burnt, we will give each of them between N800,000 and N1m while the family of each of the deceased victims will receive the sum of N300,000.”
For his part, the immediate past commissioner for works Engr Rotimi Iliasu called for continuous support of the people of the area to Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq led administration to enjoy more dividends of democracy.
The Secretary of the Kwara State Emergency Management Agency Mrs Motunrayo Adanra assured the victims that the compensation would go round and called for calmness to ensure a seamless exercise.
Responding on behalf of the victims, Hon. John Okedare commended the governor for his immediate visit to the scene of the incident, saying AbdulRazaq was the first political leader of the state to pay a condolence visit to Jebba over such incident.
“We appreciate the magnanimity of the governor for his support to the victims of the recent fire disaster that occurred recently at Garika area of Jebba town. Initially, he gave us a donation to alleviate our sufferings. We are mostly grateful to him for being the first governor in the state to have visited the scene of any disaster in Jebba town,” Okedare said.
“It shows that he is a God-fearing and people-oriented governor. On behalf of the victims who include myself as a landlord, we are extremely grateful to him. May God continue to assist him.”