The Lagos State Government on Monday set up a N2 billion Emergency Relief Fund to assist victims of Sunday’s explosion at Abule Ado area of the state.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced the establishment of the “Abule Ado Emergency Relief Fund” after visiting the scene of the explosion at Ado Suba in Abule Ado.
Sanwo-Olu said three account numbers had been opened at different banks for well-meaning Nigerians to assist the state government in assisting the victims.
He said the banks with the same account name as: “Abule Ado Emergency Relief Fund,” included Polaris Bank 4030017510, Zenith Bank 10171845716 and GT Bank 0586615680.
He said: “It is a N2 billion relief fund, and the state government will immediately be putting N250 million in that fund.
“This is certainly beyond what the state government can undertake on its own.
“This is beyond what the government, be it at the national or state, can undertake on its own.
“So, what this fund would do is to give everybody the opportunity to be part of it and to be able to donate into it.”
Sanwo-Olu also said the fund would be managed by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat.
Earlier, the governor also set up a committee to look into the immediate cause of the explosion at Abule Ado.
He said the committee, which would be headed by the Deputy Governor, had two weeks to do an extensive investigation as to what caused the explosion.
According to him, the committee is to map out what needs to be done to ensure that such incident does not repeat itself.
Members of the committee include the Commissioner for Special Duty as Co-Chairman, Commissioner for education, Commissioner for Finance and the Commissioner for the Environment.
Others are the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health; Permanent Secretary, Works and Infrastructure; Nigeria Police; Senior Special Assistant on Security; Chairman of the Local Government; Representatives of the CDC and CDA.
Also representative of St. Bethlehem Girls College, Commissioner for Physical Planning, representative of the NNPC, Ada Oyetunde, National Emergency Management Authority and two representatives of the host community.
“Let me on behalf of the government and people of Lagos State express our condolences to the families that have lost their loved ones, to the children that lost their teacher, to everyone in this neighbourhood that has lost one person or the other,” Sanwo-Olu said.