By Henry Odeh
Following the mayhem that ensued at Shasha market in Akinyele Local Government, Ibadan, the federal government of Nigeria has moved to empower victims of the mayhem by way of compensations to those affected.
The South West Coordinator of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr Slaku Lugard in company of top officials from Oyo State Emergency Management Agency (OYSEMA) during an earlier preliminary assessment of the level of damage on Wednesday 16th February, explained that President Muhammadu Buhari is seriously concerned about the development at Shasha market.
Mr Lugard noted that the preliminary assessment tour was to ascertain the level of destruction and to adequately enumerate those affected with the aim of presenting a comprehensive report to the President through NEMA.
NEMA National Director, Search And Relief, Dr Onimode Bamidele, who visited Ibadan on Wednesday 17th, in company of NEMA’s South West Coordinator, Mr Lugard and other officials of the agency, maintained that the preliminary report submitted was already being processed for further action.
Dr Onimode who visited the palace of both Sarkin Shasha (leader of Hausa community) and Baale of Shasha market (leader of Yoruba community) cautioned the people against engaging in any act capable of heating up the polity or create ethnic tension in the state while conveying the message of the President to the people.
Onimode said: “NEMA is working with other stakeholders.They have submitted an Interim report which we have worked on and processed. We are aware that this unfortunate incident led to displacement of citizens at different locations in Sabo, Shasha, some are in Oojo, Akinyele.
“Humanitarian assistance are being processed for them and very soon, it will be ready.
“In addition, in line with the president directive, the Director General (DG) NEMA has constituted a team of officials of the agency working in collolaboration with state emergency management agency and other relevant agencies to visit Shasha, the scene of the incident and conduct an indept assessment of what happened.
“What happened was an unfortunate incident, the federal government sympathizes with you.
“I want to appeal to the community that when the team of assessor come around to do their job, please give them adequate cooperation. We should allow them to get an indept of what happened.
“Even if they are going to give additional information, please let’s do it in an atmosphere of peace and ease of communication. it is when you talk to us and we listen to you that we are are able to get the essence of what we are looking for,” Onimode concluded.
He however, expressed appreciations to the two ethnic leaders for their conducts in the heat of the tension and how they have managed to calm the situation.
Sarkin Shasha and Baale of Shasha in their separate remarks expressed gratitude to NEMA