The former President of the 8th Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has conveyed his deep sadness over the recent fire outbreak at Edun market in Ilorin and has called for urgent measures to prevent future occurrences of such incidents in Kwara State.
In a statement released by his Press Officer on Local Matters, Abdulganiyu Abdulqadir, Saraki expressed his sympathy for the victims who suffered significant property losses in the inferno that occurred on Monday, January 15, 2024. While the fire caused damages worth millions of Naira, the former Senate President expressed relief that no lives were lost.
Highlighting the recurrence of fire incidents in the state, Saraki called on the government and all relevant stakeholders to collaborate in finding lasting solutions to prevent further outbreaks.
Expressing his concern about the growing prevalence of such incidents in Kwara, Saraki urged the government, firefighters, and stakeholders from various sectors to unite and devise necessary mechanisms to address the recurring scourge.
Saraki concluded his statement by appealing to the people of Kwara to adhere strictly to safety measures, especially as the region experiences the dry season.
He emphasized the need for collective efforts in maintaining vigilance to avert future tragedies and protect lives and property.
“I want to register my heartfelt sympathy with the victims who lost properties during the inferno that engulfed the Edun market on Monday.
“It is pathetic to see people lose their properties and means of livelihood in this avoidable and unfortunate manner.
“For me, it is more worrisome because this is becoming prevalent in our state. I do hope that the government, firefighters, and stakeholders in various sectors will come together to brainstorm and deploy necessary mechanisms to address this scourge.
“Saraki also admonished the people of Kwara to always adhere to safety measures especially as we journey through the dry season.”