Oyo State Creates Donation Fund for Victims of Ibadan Explosion

Oyo State government has set up a platform to receive public donations for victims of the deadly explosion that rocked Ibadan on Tuesday, January 16.

Governor Seyi Makinde on Thursday said the donations would go directly to the landlords and resident associations’ bank account.

In a statement on Thursday, the governor said, “We have also set up a platform for donations to victims. The money donated goes directly to the Landlords/Residents Association’s bank account while our administration will work with them to ensure it is distributed to the right beneficiaries.

“Residents of Oyo State are once again reminded to call 615 free of charge if they see anything untoward in their communities. Remember, if you see something, say something and the authorities will act on your report.”

The governor said the structural integrity tests on buildings in the area were still ongoing.

Appreciating the efforts of various agencies and individuals, Makinde said, “Let me start by thanking all those who took part in the search and rescue operations at Ground Zero over the past week especially our first responders from OYSEMA, medical workers and security agencies.

“I would also like to reiterate our administration’s commitment to ensuring that the victims get justice. We are still collating details of those affected and we will announce comprehensive steps our government will take to support the victims to rebuild their lives.

“We appreciate the team from the Nigeria Nuclear Regulatory Agency (NNRA) who took measurements at the epicentre and found only normal background radiation doses.

“Also, we thank the geologists from the University of Ibadan led by two Professors who are taking the seismic measurements from the epicentre.

“The structural integrity tests on buildings around Ground Zero are still ongoing.

“The Emergency Operations Centre is available to attend to anyone affected by the explosion. Any persons still not accounted for after the incident should be reported to the EOC on 07049948057 or 08147672009.”

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