Far from what has been in the last few weeks, there has been some good news coming from Fagba, which was scene of a bloody clash between Hausa and Yoruba gangs which led to loss of lives and properties worth several millions of Naira.
The Lagos State House of Assembly member representing Ifako-Ijaye constituency 01, Hon. Temitope Adewale Adedeji has offered some relief to traders who lost their goods and properties as a result of the clash which lasted three days from Tuesday 20th October.
Hon. Adedeji has personally raised a N10 million emergency relief fund for the traders, while also setting up a committee to manage and oversee the distribution of the fund. The fund could increase as donations grow.
The ‘Emergency Relief Committee’ which comprises of both Yoruba and Hausa leaders as well as residents and traders from other ethnic backgrounds, is expected to inspect the damage to traders in the usually busy Fagba area, compile a list of affected shop owners and distribute the fund accordingly.
In a interview with seunawosika.com shortly after a Constituency Stakeholders’ Meeting themed “Post COVID-19 Pandemic: The Challenges and Prospects” last week; Hon. Adedeji described the Fagba incident as unfortunate.
He noted that the N10 Million relief fund which is largely a donation from family and friends is targeted at providing immediate succour to traders whose shop were looted or burnt during the communal clash while they wait for further relief from the state government.
Also speaking on the Fagba incident, the immediate past state lawmaker of the constituency, Hon. Dayo Saka Fafunmi urged residents and traders to avoid a reoccurence of the communal clash and expressed confidence in the Emergency Relief Committee.
Highlighting some of the plans of the Relief Committee, the Co-Chairman who is also the Community Development Committee Head, Pastor Samuel Opajobi assured that shop owners would be duly compensated much as the fund can serve.
He further assured that the Committee of 11 members which was inaugurated last week Wednesday has begun the process of compiling names of traders affected by the unfortunate incident without any ethnic colouration.
On the current state of security in the area, the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Iju-Ishaga, DSP Gbenga Stephen assured that normalcy has returned to Fagba.
The DPO further stated that the police has met with all stakeholders in the community who assured that there would be no further breakdown of law and order.
Similarly, a member of the Relief Committee representing leaders of the Hausa Community, Mr. Mohammed Fad said all is being done to ensure that the ugly incident does not repeat itself.
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