Ek­iti raises hope of fire vic­tims

The Punch - - NEWS - Abio­dun Nejo, Ado Ek­iti

EK­iti State Gov­ern­ment on Mon­day raised the hope of vic­tims of the re­cent fire in­ci­dents at Bisi Mar­ket and a pri­vate res­i­dence in Ado Ek­iti, the Ek­iti State cap­i­tal.

The Deputy Gov­er­nor, Bisi Eg­beyemi, said the state gov­ern­ment would not leave them to their fate at their try­ing pe­riod.

A state­ment by the Spe­cial As­sis­tant on Me­dia to the Deputy Gov­er­nor, Odunayo Ogun­mola, in Ado Ek­iti, stated that Eg­beyemi gave the as­sur­ance dur­ing vis­its to the vic­tims of the mar­ket fire.

A to­tal num­ber of 20 traders and five mem­bers of Saruku fam­ily at Bisi Mar­ket had their goods and prop­erty con­sumed in the end-of-the-year in­ferno.

While the mar­ket fire in­ci­dent oc­curred on De­cem­ber 30, 2019, that of the Adako fam­ily took place on Jan­uary 1, 2020.

Eg­beyemi, while con­sol­ing the vic­tims, stated, “Thank God that no­body died in the in­ci­dents though you suf­fered se­ri­ous losses worth mil­lions of naira.

“The Lord will take care of your losses and com­pen­sate you ap­pro­pri­ately. God will com­pen­sate you ap­pro­pri­ately, wipe your tears away this year and send helpers to you.

“Although gov­ern­ment can­not do it all, gov­ern­ment will surely as­sist.”

The vic­tims, who all pleaded for help from the state gov­ern­ment, ap­pre­ci­ated the deputy gov­er­nor for iden­ti­fy­ing with them.

They said that their hope for help rested on gov­ern­ment and well-mean­ing in­di­vid­u­als with their per­sonal prop­erty and goods gone with the fire.

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