The Lagos State Government on Monday sets up a N2 billion Emergency Relief Fund to assist victims of Sunday’s explosion at Abule Ado area of the state.
Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced the establishment of the “Abule Ado Emergency Relief Fund” after visiting the scene of the explosion at Ado Suba in Abule Ado.
The Renaissance reports that a powerful explosion, accompanied by the raging inferno, ripped through the area at about 9.00 a.m. killing no fewer than 17 people and destroying over 100 houses.
Sanwo-Olu said that three account numbers had been opened at different banks for well-meaning Nigerians to assist the state government in providing succour to the victims.
He said that the banks with the same account name as ”Abule Ado Emergency Relief Fund” included Polaris Bank 4030017510, Zenith Bank 10171845716 and GT Bank 0586615680.
“It is a N2 billion relief fund and the state government will immediately be putting N250 million in that fund.
“This is certainly beyond what the state government can undertake on its own.
“This is beyond what the government, be it at the national or state, can undertake on its own.
“So, what this fund would do is to give everybody the opportunity to be part of it and to be able to donate into it,” the governor said.
He also said that the fund would be managed by the Deputy Governor, Dr Obafemi Hamzat.
Earlier, the governor also set up a committee to look into the immediate cause of the explosion at Abule Ado.
He said that the committee, which would be headed by the Deputy Governor, had two weeks to do an extensive investigation as to what caused the explosion.
According to him, the committee is to map out what needs to be done to ensure that such incident does not repeat itself.
Members of the committee include the Deputy Governor, Obafemi Hamzat, as the Chairman, the Commissioner for Special Duty as Co-Chairman, the Commissioner for Education, the Commissioner for Finance and the Commissioner for Environment.
Others are the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health; Permanent Secretary, Works and Infrastructure; Nigeria Police; Senior Special Assistant on Security, Chairman of the Local Government, Representative of the CDC and CDA.
Also representative of St. Bethlehem Girls College, the Commissioner for Physical Planning, representative of the NNPC; Mrs Ada Oyetunde, National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA), two representatives of the host community, among others.
“Let me on behalf of the government and people of Lagos State express our condolences to the families that have lost their loved ones, to the children that lost their teacher, to everyone in this neighbourhood that has lost one person or the other,” Sanwo-Olu said.
By our correspondent