The Lagos State Government has disclosed that it would be meeting with the management of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to discuss issues of compensation for victims of the January 19 pipeline fire in Abule Egba.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu made this known weekend while sympathising with over 300 displaced victims of the inferno resettled in Igando Emergency Relief Camp in Igando-Ikotun local council development area.
He stated that the government would also be discussing with the corporation on measures to take in finding a lasting solution to incidents of pipeline vandalism in the state.
Sanwo-Olu said that the compensation plan will be extended to those whose properties were razed in the inferno, adding that some of the victims, who rented homes in the area, will also be supported to re-adjust back to their normal lives.
“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. We will work with the records for the compensation and every one of them will be reintegrated back to their community,” he said.
The governor described the incident as a regrettable disaster, saying 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.
The excited victims appreciated the state government for looking after their welfare in the aftermath of the disaster, describing the relief programme as an unexpected gesture.
They explained that the government’s effort has been helping them to cope and keep up with life.