The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Saturday, when he visited about 300 displaced victims of the Abule Egba inferno, promised to work out compensation for them with the management of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
He made this known when he visited the victims of the January 19 pipeline fire in Abule Egba, who have been resettled in the Igando Emergency Relief Camp in Alimosho by the state government.
The governor, who described the incident as a “regrettable disaster,” stated that the government felt the pain of the innocent victims who bore the losses of the pipeline vandalism.
He added that the state took the step to resettle the victims at the Igando relief camp to ensure they were not left to their fate and in deplorable conditions in their moments of despair.
He said, “As a responsible government, we need to go back and have a thorough discussion with NNPC on what kind of lasting solution we are expecting and compensation we can make available for the victims, so that we can resettle them back into their community. We will also be looking at various forms of affordable accommodation for some of them who rent homes in the community. We have taken enumeration and we know the status of each of the displaced families that are clustered in this relief camp."
Therefore, he stated that the administration will work with the records for the compensation and every one of them will be reintegrated back to their community.
However, he stated that for the period, the victims will be settled in the relief camp, while he reiterated that the government will ensure the responsibility both medically and nutrition-wise.
“We will take care of them until the coast is cleared for them to return to their community,” the governor promised.
Excited and appreciative of the governor's promise, the victims described the relief programme as an “unexpected gesture.”
Some of the victims stated that effort by the Lagos State government has helped them cope with life after the incident.
The Igando relief camp is equipped with various amenities, including primary healthcare centre, constant water and electricity.