Following the warning from the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) about impending floods in the state, the Ekiti State government has issued a warning to building developers against building on waterways and canals.
The administration said that the prevalence of these structures in these locations was to blame for the rise in the number of flooding incidents and property devastation in the state.
When giving money and supplies for relief to those affected by a recent downpour in Oke-Ako and Ijesa Isu Ekiti on Wednesday, the deputy governor, Monisade Afuye, made this known.
Afuye handed the supplies on behalf of Governor Biodun Oyebanji, whose quick response to the situation demonstrates his commitment to the welfare of the people of Ekiti.
She made it clear that giving money to those whose homes were damaged by a storm was against the National Emergency Management Agency’s (NEMA) operating philosophy and that only people who had been the victims of arson were eligible for such benefits. Only those who had already renovated their properties prior to the presentation, Afuye emphasized, would receive cash, while others would receive supplies to repair their buildings.
In order to prevent similar disasters in the future, the Deputy Governor advised the recipients of the materials to utilize them wisely while also pleading with developers to support tree planting and adhere to the state government of Ekiti’s urban renewal policies.
She emphasized that the government would not give up on its mission to keep the state safe for its population and asked the populace to take action to lessen the likelihood of flooding and storms.
Mr. Olanrewaju Kadiri, Chief of Operations for the Southwest Area of the NEMA, expressed his relief that no one was killed in the terrifying incidents that occurred in the two towns. In order to avoid being resentful or aggressive as a result of social and economic pressures, Kadiri asked the locals to always cooperate with NEMA officials during evaluations of damaged property.
The two towns were severely damaged and endured agonizing conditions, according to Mr. Olajide Borode, General Manager of the Ekiti State Disaster Management Agency.
He commended Governor Biodun Oyebanji, whose rapid answers have served as an inspiration to the public, and the federal government’s will to work with subnational governments to ease the pain of the victims.
Idowu Adebayo and Michael Ogungbemi, the chairs of the local council development areas (LCDAs) in Kajola and Ajoni, respectively, praised the governor for his prompt response to the citizens of their councils and noted that this was not unexpected given that the governor had been prepared for the role of governance.