Ekiti Residents Rendered Homeless As Rainstorm Wrecks Over 100 Houses
It was a devastating weekend for residents of Oke-Ako, in the Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti State, after a heavy rainstorm wrecked their buildings and properties, Naija News reports.
It was gathered that no fewer than one hundred and five (105) houses were destroyed by the tragic event accompanied by a two-hour rainfall on Friday evening.
The rainstorm is also said to have destroyed electricity facilities across the town, thereby throwing the people into a blackout. Confirming the incident, the General Manager of the Ekiti State Emergency Management Agency, Jide Borode, said the rainstorm effect could have been minimized if the house owners in the area had keyed into the tree planting initiative of the state government.
However, the Ekiti State Governor, Biodun Oyebanji, has visited the area, describing the occurrence as highly devastating. Represented by his Deputy, Monisade Afuye, during an on-the-spot town assessment yesterday, the governor sympathized with the residents.
Afuye was conducted around the affected areas by the regent of the town, Ogunbiyi Tinuade Adebayo; the lawmaker representing Ikole Constituency 2, Adeoye Aribasoye; and the chairman, Ajoni Local Council Development Area, Michael Ogungbemi.
“Let me also assure you that the state government won’t abandon you and allow you to regret in these current devastating conditions. We shall give all the necessary support to mitigate whatever effect this situation must have caused to your lives,” the deputy governor said.
She assured the people that succour would soon come for the victims, urging them to be peaceful and have fate in the government to help recover their losses.