Business men and women at the Kwara State Stadium Complex, Ilorin have counted their loses during the heavy rainfall that damaged a large portion of the Kwara Stadium Complex, Ilorin last Tuesday.
Some of the shop owners who spoke exclusively to Pilot Sports at the weekend recount their loses to the wind was disaster.
Abdul Momoh, a photojournalist is the most affected, as his Studio Office/Barbing shop was completely wiped off by the storm.
“Firstly, let me thank God for my life because I was suppose to be here that day but my car developed fault so I went to my mechanic to repair it.
“As you can see, I’m the most affected person here because I couldn’t even see any thing here. The wind carried my shop completely. I lost over N2m here,” Momoh said.
Solomon Adeleke, Director KSA Security Guards said the storm damaged many of his properties.
“Nobody expected what happened few days ago. We are not happy about it but we still have to thank God because no life was lost.
“We cannot wait for government to come and repair this for us, we have to do it because this is where I feed my family and a lot of people are also working under me. We will wait for whatever assistance that will come from them later.
“I lost so many properties, including the electronics, my wife’s goods and many things, in fact let me say I have lost close to N2m to the disaster,” Solo revealed.
Tony Sports Investment described the incident as a surprise and appealed to government to come to their rescue
“In fact, the rain really did much damages, the roof was completely removed and goods too were affected. I lost more than (N500,000) five hundred thousand naira.
“We are appealing to Kwara State Government to come and assist us so that we can quickly fix back our shop”, he appealed.
Also speaking, Abdul Gafar, sports wears seller, thank God because the damage was minimal.
“Thank God the damage wasn’t much, but at least I lost close to (N60,000) sixty thousand naira. We want to appeal to government to assist us in a little way”.
The CEO, Joy Sports&G Store Limited described it as disastrous and unimaginable, which he described as a first time experience.
“The goods damaged here can’t be mentioned but you can see that re-construction is going on now but I can estimate here now that I have spent N700,000 on the repairs of the shop alone but on the goods, I cannot mention any amount now,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed has promised to rehabilitate the facilities at stadium damaged by heavy rainfall last week Tuesday.
Governor Ahmed gave the assurance last Friday during a courtesy visit to the stadium complex.
Ahmed reiterated that his administration will give more priority to sports development in the state.
He promised that the Indoor Sports Hall would be renovated as soon as the state is financially buoyant.
“We have seen the extent of the damages and I want to assure you that everything would be fixed and put back to normal”, he promised.