Survivors of the March 8 building collapse at Lekki area of Lagos, were on Monday given N50,000 cash each and a tricycle, by the management of Lekki Gardens Ltd, as a way of ameliorating their sufferings. Donating the items to the 11 survivors at the company’s Lekki Office, the company’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mr Richard Nyong, stated that the items were being donated to show the company’s profound regrets at the incident, and place the survivors on the path of financial independence.
According to him, the decision to donate cash and tricycles, was informed by the need to enable survivors have a means of livelihood and provide them with items that would generate income for them, after fully recovering from the incident. “A journey of 1,000 miles begin with a step, and this occasion marks the company’s step towards reducing the sufferings of these survivors.
Expressing delight at the company’s gesture, Elechi Chika, one of the survivors, appealed to the state government to allow the company resume operations; since it had demonstrated enough goodwill by fully identifying with the victims of the collapse since the day of the occurrence.
“The management team was always around to greet us while we were in the hospital. I even remembered that the MD was busy telling me that I should not worry, that by the time I come out of the hospital, I will be richer than him,’ he stated.