Less than a week after the Ekiti State Government, through the Deputy Governor, Mrs. Funmi Olayinka made a pledge to assist victims of fire disaster at the Basiri area of Ado Ekiti, a new accommodation has been handed over to them yesterday at the back of the Odua Textile mill in the capital city of the state.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony in Ado Ekiti, the Deputy Governor who was represented by the Director General of the Ekiti State Enterprise and Economic Development Agency, Mr. Oska Seyi Ayeleso said the gesture was the first phase of the relief programme being proposed by the government for the affected artisans.
He described the new accommodation as both more befitting and strategic to their trade when compared to their former place gutted by fire. “It is a demonstration of this government’s commitment to the welfare of all Ekiti indigenes especially the artisans.
Other plans of Government include the provision of some of the tools and equipments that were lost to the inferno, as well as financial assistance to rehabilitate and towards erecting sheds, by the affected tradesmen, he said the government was also prepared to facilitate extension of electricity supply to the area.
Responding on behalf of the victims, Mr Idowu Ogunkuade expressed appreciation to the government for the promptness at coming to their aid, barely a week after the Deputy Governor made the pledge to assist them.
While stressing that the location was good, spacious and conducive for their trade he however appealed to government to hasten up financial assistance so that they could move to site and regain their means of livelihood.
Last modified: January 2, 2012