More than 105 buildings were demolished by a torrential downpour on March 3 in Oke-Ako, Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti State, leaving a number of people homeless.
The town’s electricity facilities were also damaged by the deluge, which began at around 3 o’clock and left inhabitants completely without power.
The tragedy, according to Monisade Afuye, the state’s deputy governor, was “very catastrophic” when she visited the impacted area on Saturday, March 4.
The Deputy Governor’s Special Assistant for Media, Victor Ogunje, released a statement on Saturday in which he described the Governor as expressing happiness that no one perished in the torrential downpour.
“On behalf of his Excellency, Governor Biodun Oyebanji, I sympathize with you on the destruction caused by rainstorm to many residential buildings and electricity poles in this town , which we believe must have affected the wellbeing of the victims. Information at our disposal and on- the- spot assessment revealed that roofs of scores of residential buildings and electricity facilities were destroyed during the stormy rainfall, thereby rendering many homeless and helpless. We sympathise with the victims at this trying times and plead for calmness, in the sense that natural disaster of this nature is one occurrence that is difficult to control. But with personal precautions and right efforts, its effects can be minimised.
That was why the Governor Oyebanji’s administration is ready to support interested individuals to go into tree planting and the programmes will soon be rolled out to safeguard our environment and minimise havocs being wreaked on our buildings by rainstorm. Tree planting is very essential. I observed that landlords here are not planting trees, I am not seeing them standing beside our houses. Let us inculcate the habit of tree planting to serve as wind breakers against storm.
Let me also assure you that the state government won’t abandon you and allow you to regret in this current devastating conditions. We shall give all the necessary support to mitigate whatever effect this situation must have caused to your lives”.