The Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed has sympathised with the victims of fire disaster which gutted over fouthy shops and burnt good worth millions of naira at the popular Baboko market in Ilorin West Local Government area of the state.
The Governor in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Alhaji Abdulwahab Oba expressed concern over the recurring fire incidents in the market.
According to him, the incessant fire outbreak in the market has become worrisome and promised that government will dialogue with stakeholders in the market towards finding a lasting solution to check a recurrence.
Governor Ahmed who called on market men and women to be extraordinarily careful in handling fire-prone materials to forestall future re-occurrence, assured victims of government’s commitment to ameliorating their sufferings.
It would be recalled that fire in the midnight of 1st of May 2017 razed goods and property worth millions of Naira in Baaboko market popularly called Ojatuntun market of Ilorin west Local Government Area, Delta State
About forty shops were consumed in the midnight inferno, which according to eye witness affected two shops as 12am but escalated as a result of lack of standby fire service in the market.
The chairman of the market Abdulrasaq Lasoju express with worry, saying the marketer will refuse any attempt made by Kwara state internal revenue service to collect tax of levy until the state government makes provision for fire service point in the market.
while calling on government to make provision for fire service point before constructing the shoo, Lasoju said the new shops constructed after the last year inferno would have burnt down if not for quick response of the kwara state fire service.
Royaltimes correspondent who went to the market reports that the effected shop owners called on government to and relevant agencies to come to their aid.
Speaking after quenching the fire , the operation officer for kwara state fire service Ibrahim Mohammed who said the fire started by 12am according eye witness but reached on phone by around 3:30am.
He appealed to residents of the state not to waste time in calling the fire service during fire incident.