21 January 2013

Nigeria: Oko Baba Fire Disaster - 98 Children in Relief Camp - LASEMA

Lagos — LAGOS State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, weekend, said no fewer than 98 children of Oko Baba fire victims were currently in the Agbowa Relief Camp, where they are temporarily being accommodated.

It would be recalled that fire gutted the Oko Baba Plank Market in Ebutte-Metta, Mainland Local Government Area, early this year and destroyed property worth millions of naira, rendering occupants homeless.

General Manager of LASEMA, Dr Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, during his visit to the camp to assess state of the internally displaced victims who had been relocated to the camp, said all 98 children of the victims were discovered to be nutritional disadvantaged, according to the agency's findings.

He said: "As I mentioned earlier, all these are just to provide psychological, emotional and socio-economic relief for them as a result of the hardship they must have been going through due to the fire disaster.

"We have provided shelter and all facilities for them. The feeding is three times in a day and we ensure that special attention is given to the children. We have also provided in the camp, sporting and recreational facilities for the Internally Displaced People, IDPs, in the camp.

"Beyond this, we slaughter one cow per week in addition to chicken and different species of fish we serve them to enhance their nutrition. That is why you can see that they are very happy with our officials."

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