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Inferno: Makinde visits burnt Ibadan spare parts market pledges palliatives, succor for victims

Segun Showunmi in Ibadan

The Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde on Sunday, visited the burnt Agodi Gate Auto spare parts Market in Ibadan to assess the extent of damage done by the fire incident, which occurred in the early hours of Saturday.

Penpushing reports that the governor, who inspected the market alongside top government functionaries, expressed shock and sadness over the loss of goods worth millions of Naira.

The Governor said  he would hold a meeting with leaders of the market to find common grounds on ways of resolving the travails of the market, and also promised that his administration will come to the aid of victims of the inferno by providing palliatives within the shortest possible time.

“We won’t allow you to bear the brunt alone. So, I will ask the leadership to send your representatives. And by tomorrow (Monday), we will sit together and look at the immediate palliative we can do for you’, he said.

Penpushing further reports that, Makinde directed leaders of the market to start compiling the list of shop owners who were affected by the fire, adding that “within the next one or two weeks the state will make a decision on the market generally.”

The Governor added that even if the market will remain in  the present location, “we need to see how we can arrange ourselves such that this kind of thing won’t happen again”, while  the President of the market traders, Mr Moruf Olanrewaju, took the governor and his entourage round the market to see the level of destruction.

Penpushing also reports that, it is recalled that the auto spare parts market in Agodi, Ibadan, was razed by fire in the early hours of Saturday, the inferno was said to have started from the tyre section of the market before it spread to other parts of the market, though men of the state fire service responded promptly, they couldn’t curtail the raging fire as their trucks were unable to reach the interior of the market due to blockage of access road.

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