Ekiti State government has given financial support to 75 persons whose homes and shops were flooded recently in Ikere-Ekiti when River Osun overflowed its banks.
A statement released in Ado-Ekiti yesterday by the Chief Press Secretary, CPS, to the Governor, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, said the state Governor, Mr Ayo Fayose, presented the money to the people in Ikere-Ekiti.
The event was witnessed by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Kolapo Olusola, who hails from the town.
Speaking on the occasion, Governor Fayose said the state government had to present its token to the people while waiting for the National Emergency Management Authority, NEMA, to do its own.
He warned people against deliberately blocking waterways and drainages or constructing structures close to river banks.
“We have already committed huge amount to expanding waterways and clearing drainages in towns across the state. But a situation whereby people want to stand in the way of nature is wrong. People should stop blocking waterways and stop throwing refuse into drains.
“Houses blocking drainages will be pulled down. We won’t allow nature to consume you. People should also respect nature and let us run away from avoidable disasters. Pouring refuse in drainages and streams is condemnable.
“Let us be watchful. The little I have and have given you is to ameliorate your suffering. We will soon deploy caterpillars here to expand the streams in Ikere. You too should support the government and pay all necessary levies and taxes. Without funds there will not be any government,” he said.
The beneficiaries, including Mr. Udusi Ndoke, Mr Sunday Adubi and Mrs. Aina Ayoola, commended the governor for the quick response to their cry for help.
“The incident happened last week and immediately the governor asked his deputy to come and assess the situation. The governor followed it up the second day when he came to assess things for himself. And less than 10 days, the governor has come to give us something to assist us.
This is commendable, “Ndoke said.

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