Hope was rekindled and expectations were met as Ondo State Government gave succour to over 76 market women and petty-traders, whose means of livelihood were dashed by the June 22nd 2018, fire disaster at Oba Adesida Market in Akure, the State Capital.
The beneficiaries were full of praise as they were invited one after the other by the Deputy Governor of the State, Hon. Agboola Ajayi, whose office is in charge of the State Emergency Managemrnt Agency (SEMA) to receive their cash.
The event was held at the Cocoa conference Hall in the Govenor’s office and attended by the Deji of Akure, Oba Ogunlade Aladetoyinbo. Akeredolu’s government dolled out a sum of N26m with each of the beneficiary going home with the sum of N500,000 and N200,000 each.
It will be recalled that Akeredolu had earlier visited the razed market and Deji of Akure’s palace with a promise that government would come to the aid of the victims.
Addressing the beneficiaries, Ajayi said it is part of responsibility of the government to care for the people.
Ajayi announced that the amount given to the traders were between N200,000 and N500,000 only, depending on their lost .
The Deputy Governor advised the traders to always switch off electrical appliances as they close their shops.
According to him, ”We may not be able to repay all that is lost but I am very sure this will bring succour, like a palliative.
“The ultimate responsibility of the government is to protect the lives and properties of the people and to be responsive to their yearnings one of which is to come to their aid in cases of emergency or disaster.”
Earlier, the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi lauded the effort of the state goverment for being responsive.
The monarch said the people are aware that their paucity of fund but they will continue to be grateful for the amount disbursed to them by the government.
Aladelusi said that whatever they got from the government was free and not loaned to them.
Speaking on behalf of the traders, Mr Bisi Bakare thanked the state government, adding that the money was reimbursement and not palliative.
Bakare noted that the process from the compilation of list to the disbursement of funds was transparent.