By AbuSatar Hamed
SAGAMU: The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has assured the people of Sagamu, especially traders affected by the fire outbreak that occurred at the Sabo market of government’s quick intervention at ensuring that the market was rebuilt as soon as possible.
According to a press release e-signed and made availabile to StarTrend Int’l magazine & www.startrendinternational.com by S.F. Ojo, SA Media to the Governor, Abiodun who made this known during an on the spot assessment of the market situated along Sabo road in Sagamu, urged the affected traders to be calm and patient with the state government, adding that the traders must learn a lesson from what happened at the scene of the fire outbreak.
His words, “By the grace of God, we will rebuild this market and we will not waste time, we will put measures in place to ensure it does not happen again in the future, we will also look at how to ensure the efficiency of our fire service.
“Please, I want to enjoin you to be patient, calm, give government some time, we will do everything we can to bring succour and relief to all those that are affected, we must learn a lesson from what has happened here overnight, this must not happen in any of our markets again”.
The Governor noted that his administration will embark on a relief exercise for the affected traders, adding that they will also look at the design of the market to look at how accessible the market is to fire engines in the case of such disasters.
“My visit today has thrown up some few things, we must now begin to look at our markets, how to ensure that we don’t have a repeat of what has happened here today, we must find a way to guard against this occurrences in the future, we also need to look at our market designs, how accessible are they, how easily accessible are they for fire engines in the case of an eventuality like this.
“We are going to take a count and enumerate all those that have been affected by this fire, I will immediately reach out to them, so we can bring some succour to them, we will try and see how we can give them some relief, because a lot has been lost in the fire, so, we will try and figure how we can bring some relief to them, while also taking stock and looking at how to reconstruct this market as soon as possible,” he said.
Prince Dapo Abiodun however commiserated with victims of the fire incident that gutted the popular Sabo Market in Sagamu.
The Governor, who had just returned from his working visit to the UK where he attended the UK-Africa Investment Summit 2020 and a number of meetings, was called in the middle of the night about the incident.
According to Prince Abiodun, he immediately put a call through to the Emergency Unit to quickly respond to the fire, thinking the fire had yet to spread.
Governor Abiodun, in the early morning of Tuesday, January 28, 2020 was at the scene of the fire for an on-the-spot assessment of the situation.
He promised the victims speedy intervention from his Government, as he said he would be liaising with the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and market leaders on providing some relief that would cushion their losses.
The governor while acknowledging the Akarigbo of Remoland, Oba Babatunde Ajayi, Torungbunwa II for his quick intervention and his counterpart from Epe, for sharing in the grief of the people, appreciated the fire service and its men for promptly attending to the disaster.
In his response, the Akarigbo of Remoland, Oba Babatunde Ajayi urged the affected traders to be patient with the state government in its quest to rebuild the market and also offer relief materials to them.
The Governor also thanked fire emergency responders from Abeokuta, Ijebu-Ode and Babcock University for their swift responses.