The Federal Government on Wednesday said it will collaborate with the government of Lagos State towards the resettlement of victims of last Sunday’s explosion in Abule Ado area of Lagos, which left 20 dead and several others injured.
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouk, minister of Disaster Management and Humanitarian Services who disclosed this in Lagos yesterday said the Federal Government would join hands with Lagos State to work out modalities for resettling the victims as well as dig into the cause(s) of the explosion to prevent future occurrence.
“I am here on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari to commiserate with the government and people of Lagos State, as well as sympathise with the families who lost their loved ones in this unfortunate disaster.
“The Federal Government will be part of the investigative committee and develop a strategic framework towards rebuilding these structures,” said Farouk.’’
According to her, the National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA), whose Director General was in the minister’s entourage, would also be providing relief including food and non- food items to the victims.
Also speaking, Lagos State Deputy Governor Dr. Obafemi Hamzat who was also at the scene and conducted the minister around, commended the efforts of the various emergency responders and security agencies, who have worked hard since Sunday to bring calm to the area.
Hamzat, who is the chairman of the investigative committee set up on Monday by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said that the committee was already gathering facts and data to aid its work.
He thanked the Federal Government for sending the minister and appealed to the people loitering around the disaster site to move out to enable the evacuation team get to work.