The Lagos State Government, has presented a cheque of N2.5 million as compensation to the next of kin of those who lost their lives in the pipeline explosion that rocked the Shoba community in the Abule-Ado area of the state.
The Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, said the state government had approved the payment of N2.5m to the next of kin of each deceased victim of the explosion.
No fewer than 23 people lost their lives, including the Administrator and some workers of the Bethlehem Girls College, while over 500 residents were affected and displaced in the devastating incident.
The approval has been conveyed to the victims’ families by the DG/CEO of LASEMA, who highlighted the modalities for collection and how much each victim’s family is entitled to collect. Each named next of kin of a deceased victim will be given N2.5m by the Lagos State Government.”
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had earlier promised to pay compensation to affected victims of the disaster. Some of the families, who received the cheques in proxy, include Rev. Henrietta Aloka, Mrs. late Funke Edet, late Bidemi Johnson, late Mr. Aliu Ali and Irene Oku.
The Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat while presenting the cheques to representatives of the families at his office in Alausa, Ikeja, said:
“The financial assistance being offered to the families of the 23 victims who lost their lives is only an effort to mitigate the impact of the tragedy on members of these families.”