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LASEMA aids fire victims

15 January 2013, 12:37

Lagos -  Mr Femi Osanyitolu, General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), on Monday disclosed that 1 005 displaced residents of Okobaba Area have received aid at Agbowa Relief Camp, Ikorodu.

Osanyitolu made the disclosure while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

He said the residents were in good spirit at the camp as government had provided them with all they needed to be comfortable.

"At the relief camp, we have recreational facilities, we have clinics, and all relevant stakeholders are there to provide support.

"We are providing feeding and clothing; and everything is going on well. The occupants are happy and we will continue to support them until they are fit enough to be re-integrated into the society," he said.

NAN recalls that a fire incident at Okobaba plank market on Tuesday, January 8 razed about 50 make shift structures and displaced hundreds of residents.

Some of the displaced residents, who spoke with NAN, commended the Lagos State Government for rehabilitating them at the camp.

They said that although they were still devastated by the incident, the government`s intervention had provided them some succour.

Mr Mufutau Bakare, a victim said: "We are happy with the government's intervention. We are happy with the facilities at the camp, although we are not happy about the incident. We are getting some relief here."

Bakare said they were gradually integrating into their new environment, adding that it was a matter of time that they would put the tragedy behind them and move on with their lives.

He, however, appealed to the government to make enough provisions for easy movement of residents in and out of the camp, saying it was hard attending to some business in town owing to the distance.

Another resident, Mr Adeola Lawal, said although the tragedy had left him with practically nothing, the temporary shelter at the camp had provided support for him and his family.

"I lost my house, my shop, all my belongings, to the disaster. I had nothing to do and my family and I were homeless.

"I thank God for this intervention. We are gradually settling down to life and I hope government will support us to re-establish ourselves very soon," he said.

However, Mr Haruna Muniru, another victim, expressed displeasure at their rehabilitation at the camp, saying they had been completely removed from their livelihood.

"The camp is good, but how do we survive? For how long are we going to depend on government`s bread and butter and get kicked out when they are tired of us?

"I am not comfortable. What the government should have done was to resettle us near our source of livelihood and support us to go back to business," he said.

NAN

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