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The Ekiti State Government has provided a significant amount of N20 million to support people affected by fires and rainstorms in the state, All Nigeria Latest News reports.

The government also issued a warning to individuals who frequently engage in careless bush burning, urging them to stop and be cautious during the upcoming dry season.

The government expressed concern that many emergencies resulting in significant loss of lives and property are caused by human actions. They urged residents to be proactive and take measures to prevent some of these incidents, emphasizing the importance of collective safety.

Chief (Mrs) Monisade Afuye, Ekiti State Deputy Governor, made this known on Thursday in Ado Ekiti, while flagging off the distribution of cash grants worth N20 million to 46 victims of fire and rainstorm disasters in the state.

The Deputy governor assured the victims that Governor Oyebanji would continually respond positively to their cries to cushion the effect of disasters on them, insisting that the current government is more desirous of prevention, rather than taking palliative actions to put a soothing balm on their pains.

Commending Governor Oyebanji’s efforts to help those who lost their homes and businesses, Mrs. Afuye revealed that the governor had approved a sum of N24.5 million for the victims of the rainstorm in Oke Ako Ekiti.

The Deputy governor appealed to those in the habit of building their structures across river valleys or waterways to desist , saying such actions would no longer be tolerated by government.

“If we are to rate the governors in terms of display of love for their citizens, Governor Oyebanji ranks best in the country. This money is not for you to go undertake family responsibilities or other extraneous things, but to relaunch your destroyed businesses and homes that got destroyed by fire or storm.

“The people we selected were carefully enumerated by the State Emergency Management Agency(SEMA) and those who have submitted their claims will soon benefit, it might be before the end of the year.

“Let me place on record that the present government under Governor Biodun Oyebanji is a progressive and forward looking one, favorably disposed to collaborating with any group or individual, most especially with the federal government that is equally committed to raising the standard of living of the people.

“I want to appeal to all of us to imbibe the culture of environmental preservation and avoid incessant bush burning during dry season, careless dropping of cigarette tips, storage of Prenium Motor Spirit within the house and always switch off electrical appliances when not in use in order to reduce future occurrence of this type of mishap”.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Head of Operations in Ekiti/Ondo, Mr. Olanrewaju Kadiri, while addressing the beneficiaries, applauded the government for taking actions to mitigate disasters, rating Ekiti as having one of the best in terms of emergency managements and responses in the country.

“Since the advent of this administration, we have enjoyed good emergency management and responses that really complemented our works.

“If you check very well, we are having increasing cases of disasters. We had ransitorm in Oke Ako, fire disaster at Shasha market, flooding in various places, so we need to buckle up to be able to prevent some of these occurrences”.

The Permanent Secretary, SEMA, Mr. Jide Borode, appreciated the government for speedily approving a sum of N20 million for the victims, saying this had further portrayed Oyebanji as a lover of the people.

Borode urged the victims to guard against actions that could trigger disaster situations,

He assured that those who had submitted their claims to the state government as victims would soon be attended to, warning the residents, particularly farmers to eschew reckless and unbridled bush burning as the state approaches dry season.

Present at the event were the Director General, Office of Communications and Community Engagements, Mrs Mary Oso Omotoso, the Permanent Secretary, office of the Deputy Governor, Mr Abayomi Opeyemi , officials of SEMA, NEMA and the beneficiaries.

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