Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has set up a N2 billion Emergency Relief Fund to assist victims of Sunday’s explosion at Abule Ado area of the state.
Sanwo-Olu announced the establishment of the “Abule Ado Emergency Relief Fund” after visiting the scene of the explosion.
He said that three account numbers had been opened at different banks for well-meaning Nigerians to assist the state government in assisting the victims.
“It is a N2 billion relief fund, and the state government will immediately be putting N250 million in that fund,” the governor said.
“This is certainly beyond what the state government can undertake on its own. This is beyond what the government, be it at the national or state, can undertake on its own.
“So, what this fund would do is to give everybody the opportunity to be part of it and to be able to donate into it.”
He also said that the fund would be managed by the Deputy Governor, Dr Obafemi Hamzat.
Earlier, the governor also set up a committee to look into the immediate cause of the explosion at Abule Ado.
He said that the committee, to be headed by the Deputy Governor, had two weeks to do an extensive investigation as to what caused the explosion.
Other members of the committee are the Commissioner for Special Duty as Co-Chairman, the Commissioner for education, the Commissioner for finance and the Commissioner for Environment.
Others are the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health; Permanent Secretary, Works and Infrastructure; Nigeria Police; Senior Special Assistant on Security, Chairman of the Local Government, Representative of the CDC and CDA.
Also included are a representative from St. Bethlehem Girls College, the Commissioner for Physical Planning, a representative from the NNPC; Mrs Ada Oyetunde, National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA), two representatives from the host community.
“Let me on behalf of the government and people of Lagos State express our condolences to the families that have lost their loved ones, to the children that lost their teacher, to everyone in this neighbourhood that has lost one person or the other,” he said.
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