Gov Obiano gives N8.5m to victims of Onitsha fire disaster.

Gov Obiano receiving Pa Solomon Alor

Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State has redeemed his promise to compensate victims of the recent fire incident in which destroyed property worth millions as reported by daily times.

Presenting the cheques totalling N8.5m to the victims at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia, Gov. Obiano, said the gesture was in fulfilment of his promise to rehabilitate those who were affected by the disaster.

He expressed regret at the level of damages caused by the fire and announced that every filling station within residential should either be relocated or converted to other ventures to avoid dispensing inflammable products within a populated area. 

He then proceeded to disburse cheques of N500, 000 each to the victims for their relocation and immediate needs.

It would be recalled that on the February 15 the year, a tanker loaded with fuel rammed into a filling station located at Dennis Memorial Grammar School (DMGS) roundabout, Onitsha and set several houses and cars on fire. The Governor then cut short his visit to Abuja and returned to visit the scene the next morning. He then set up a committee to look into the matter and recommend necessary measures to rehabilitate the victims and prevent future occurrence.

The executive secretary of State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), and the Chairman of the Committee, Mr Paul Odenigbo, stated that the committee moved swiftly into action same day and visited other sites which had fire accidents simultaneously on that fateful day. He said a total of 73 persons were affected which includes but is not limited to business owners, tenants, landlords, offices and vehicle owners. He added that an initial of 17 persons were recommended for immediate compensation owing to the urgency of their situation.

After receiving his cheque, Pa Solomon Alor of the popular Solo Supermarket, DMGS roundabout Onitsha thanked the governor on behalf of the victims and prayed God to bless his good works.


Source: Daily Times

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