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Ondo Rainstorm Victims Count Losses

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People affected in the rainstorm that ravaged Akoko towns in Ondo State have continued to count their losses, saying they are currently overwhelmed by the ordeals.

One of the affected persons in the rainstorm that ravaged Akoko towns in Ondo State, Mr Abudu Umar from Afin Akoko, where not less than 10 houses were destroyed by the rainstorm, described the incident as devastating.

The old man, a pensioner from Akoko North West Local Government Area said he served state local government for almost 25 years meritoriously and retired on level eight , noting that his gratuity has not been paid by the state government nine years after his retirement.

According to him, the recent development has made life miserable for him, as the rain disaster blew off the roof of his house.

He said he and his family since this event, had been squatting in another house, lamenting that with the high cost of building materials, he cannot afford the cost of reroofing the house.

Umar appealed to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu as a man of kindness and passion for downtrodden to order immediate payment of his gratuity to serve as a succour to him to allow put the house in shape.

According to him, market survey in Akoko area had shown high increment in prices of building materials, saying artisans were charging exorbitant prices for workmanship due to emergency demands by victim of rainstorm.

A bag of cement, he said had jumped from N2,300 to N2,600, the price of a packet of roofing nails starts from N1,300 to N1,500, while the prices of roofing sheets and planks were not bearable.

Commenting on the development, the Chairman, Akoko North East Local Government, Hon. Rafiu Eniayewu said he had gone round and saw enormity of the damage and the losses, urging the federal government through National Emergency Management Agency NEMA to assist because it was beyond the capacity of local government.

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