Over 105 buildings were destroyed by a rainstorm at Oke-Ako in the Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti State on Friday evening, March 3.
The heavy rainfall, which lasted for over two hours destroyed some electricity sources across the town, subjecting the residents to a total blackout.
While visiting the affected area on Saturday, Governor Biodun Oyebanji, condoled the residents and assured them of government support for the affected victims.
Speaking during an on-the-spot assessment of the level of havoc wreaked on the town, Oyebanji, represented by his Deputy, Chief (Mrs) Monisade Afuye, described the occurrence as highly devastating.
The Deputy Governor was conducted round the affected areas by the Regent of the town, Her Royal Highness Ogunbiyi Tinuade Adebayo, the lawmaker representing Ikole Constituency 2, Hon Adeoye Aribasoye and the Chairman, Ajoni Local Council Development Area, Hon Michael Ogungbemi.
A statement by the Special Assistant Media to the Deputy Governor, Victor Ogunje, on Saturday, quoted the Governor as expressing delight that no life was lost during the stormy rainfall.
“On behalf of his Excellency, Governor Biodun Oyebanji, I sympathize with you on the destruction caused by rainstorms to many residential buildings and electricity poles in this town, which we believe must have affected the wellbeing of the victims.
Information at our disposal and on-the-spot assessment revealed that roofs of scores of residential buildings and electricity facilities were destr%yed during the stormy rainfall, thereby rendering many homeless and helpless. We sympathize with the victims at these trying times and plead for calmness, in the sense that a natural disaster of this nature is one occurrence that is difficult to control. But with personal precautions and the right efforts, its effects can be minimized.”
See photos of the affected buildings below…