By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
Following the fire incident that razed Sabo market in Oyo town, the Minority Leader, Oyo State House of Assembly, Honourable Asimiyu Alarape has appealed to Governor Seyi Makinde to put measures in place towards reconstructing the affected shops in the market.
The lawmaker also urged the State Government through the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to provide relief materials for traders whose shops and properties were destroyed in the inferno.
The appeal was part of the recommendations of Hon. Alarape on Tuesday while presenting a motion on Matter of Urgent Public Importance on the need to reconstruct shops gutted by fire and provide relief to victims of fire incident at Sabo market, Oyo town.
The motion was co-sponsored by the Hon. Alarape and Hon Kazeem Isiaka Tunde Oyo East/West. They further appealed to the State Governor to upgrade the market by providing modern lock-up shops, administrative blocks, Warehouses, cold room storage facilities, clinic, police post, toilets and potable water among other facilities.
They commended the State Governor for the reconstruction of Akesan market razed by fire on January 5, 2020, provision of new fire trucks for the market, and the compensation granted to traders affected by the fire incident, and urged the Governor to extend the same gesture to Sabo market.
According to the Lawmakers, the Sabo market is among the major food markets in the town hence compensating the affected traders and reconstructing the market on time will help in assuaging the monumental loss experienced by the traders and putting the market back in full operation.
It was also resolved that necessary stakeholders should embark on more sensitization campaign on radio, television and other social media on ways of preventing fire outbreaks
The Deputy Speaker, Hon Mohammed Fadeyi called on members of the public to always take necessary precautions towards preventing fire outbreaks.
Hon Babajide Adebayo, Ibadan North 2 who acknowledged the various interventions of Governor Seyi Makinde on such incidents called the attention of the Governor to another fire incident at Oke Itunu market, Ibadan and urged the State Government to also come to the aid of the traders affected at the market.
Presiding over the matter, the Speaker,Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon Adebo Ogundoyin harped on the need for residents to support the efforts of the State Government towards preventing fire outbreaks.
He recalled that four Operational vehicles were presented to the Oyo State Fire Service to aid the fight against fire outbreak adding that this is further a demonstration of the importance the Oyo State Government accorded to matters and issues of safety of lives and properties of the citizenry.
“The State Fire Service now has trucks to work with courtesy of the present administration. The Governor just few days ago donated fire truck to Ibadan Airport. The issue of Sabo market is equally pathetic and I am sure our Government will do something about it.”