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  • Updated: January 09, 2023

Ekiti Governor Visits, Commiserates With Victims Of Market Fire

Governor Biodun Oyebanji of Ekiti State has visited the Shasha market in Ikere-Ekiti which was engulfed in an inferno on Saturday.

This is as he also promised to support traders who lost their valuables to the inferno that engulfed a section of the market.

Oyebanji, while lamenting how multi-million naira wares and other structures were razed, urged traders across the state to be conscious of their actions during the dry season.

This, Oyebanji said, is to avoid calamities.

A section of the market located between Ado-Ikere road, was around 4 pm, on Saturday, gutted by fire, with property worth millions of naira destroyed in the evening inferno.

Visiting the market alongside members of the State Executive Council, on Sunday, Oyebanji assured the Hausa and Yoruba traders who were affected of support to recover their losses.

The Governor’s delegation, led by the Deputy Governor, Chief (Mrs) Monisade Afuye, pledged that the state government will carry out some restructuring in the market, by replacing some thatch-roofed and other old structures with modern ones.

The governor added that officers and staff of the Ministry of Trade and Investment will be visiting the market to enumerate the number of victims and take other vital information to provide a proper and relevant intervention guide.

In line with the promise made to the traders during the electioneering campaign, the Governor said the road leading to the market from the Ado-Ikere-Akure road will be graded to ease transportation along the axis.

“Governor Biodun Oyebanji sympathises with you on the losses you suffered, but let us be cautious in all our dealings this time because dry season is around now.

“We thank God that no life was lost. We can still make up for those things we have lost through personal efforts and government intervention.

"But if anyone died, it is irreversible.

“Let us be careful. We never knew the generating set that caused the incident would spark up a fire.

"We thank God that the person who caused the arson also owned up and that he was responsible for it.

"But the government won’t punish him because it was not intentional.

“The government will surely give support for the fact our Governor wants everybody plying his trade in Ekiti to be happy and prosperous, not minding where you came from.

“We will provide roads and other facilities that will guarantee safety and good life here.

"I also appeal to traders to cooperate with the leadership of the Traders’ Association for the maintenance of some of the facilities they provided.

“People shouldn’t resist payment of little rates to maintain them because the government can’t do it alone, we need your support”.

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