THE Nigeria Governors’ Forum has donated N200 million to the Abule Ado Emergency Relief Fund to assist victims of Ado Soba, Abule Ado explosion.
Speaking during the on-the-spot assessment of the explosion site on Saturday in Lagos, the Chairman of the forum, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, said that the donation was contributions from the 36 governors that made up the Forum.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the Lagos State Government had set up a N2 billion relief fund in the wake of the explosion, which claimed many lives and property.
The state government had made an initial donation of N250 million into the fund, while calling on well-meaning Nigerians to assist.
Fayemi, Ekiti State governor, said that the governors would review the donation and further contribute to the fund on a state by state basis.
The NGF’s chairman was accompanied by Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo Stateand Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, to assess the extent of damages.
”I offer our condolences for the lives that had been lost and our commiseration to all the people who may have been connected to what happened here directly or indirectly. Wwe pray for an avoidance of such an unfortunate incident in future.
”On behalf of my colleagues, I am glad that Lagos State has quickly demolished a lot of the properties along these lines so that a future occurrence can be avoided and urban planning regeneration of the environment can also commence.
”We are aware of the relief fund that the Lagos State Government has announced, and I have the authority of my colleagues in the governors’ forum to contribute N200 million to the recovery and relief activities that has already commenced,” Fayemi said.
He commended the Lagos State Government for being able to manage the situation thus far, and urged that people to desist from building on pipelines.
According to Fayemi, from findings, there is the indiscriminate nature of construction of private buildings in the explosion scene, which ought not be so.
”And it also speaks of the challenge that we have always confronted, in terms of federal-state relations.