Governor of Lagos State Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday presented cheques to 243 victims of the recent tanker fire explosions in Iyana Ipaja and Idimu areas of the state, aimed at restoring them to some level of comfort.
Represented by his deputy, Oluranti Adebule, at the event held at the Igando Rehabilitation Centre, Igando, the governor urged the beneficiaries to utilise the money and return home to rehabilitate themselves as much as they could.
“We know that what government has given is not enough, but with the belief that you are going to put it to judicious use, it would go a long way to help out. Please stay peaceful and remain focused.
“The good Lord would continue to be with you. We pray not to witness this kind of incidence again. We share in your feelings and urge you to continue to give your support to this administration,” he said.
Ambode called on the citizens to be patient and join hands with his administration, which he said would be responsible and responsive to the needs of the people.
Aderemi Desalu, the permanent secretary in the ministry of special duties and intergovernmental affairs, said from the Iyana Ipaja incident, 76 persons were recommended for financial assistance out which seven were landlords and got N500,000 each while 64 shop owners each were got N150,000, and five tricycle operators got N50,000 each.
Meanwhile, the committee earlier set up by Ambode to examine the immediate and remote causes of the petrol tanker disasters has submitted its report.
Headed by Tunji Bello, the secretary to the state government, the committee presented the report to the governor on Tuesday at the Lagos House, Alausa Ikeja.