Abiodun Visits Sabo Market Ravaged By Inferno, Pledged To Rebuild It - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Abiodun Visits Sabo Market Ravaged By Inferno, Pledged To Rebuild It

       •Abiodun sympathising with victims 

     • Sabo Market in ruins

... Also promises succor for victims

Governor Dapo Abiodun on Tuesday visited the popular Sabo Market, Sagamu, Ogun State which an night inferno razed down and commiserated with victims.
Abiodun 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 and put a call through to the  Emergency Unit to quickly respond to the fire, thinking the fire had yet to spread.

The Governor was at the scene of the fire for an on-the-spot assessment, to get first hand details of the situation.

He  promised the victims speedy intervention from his Government, saying he would be liaising with the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and market leaders to provide  some relief that would cushion their losses.

He lauded the Paramount Ruler of Remo Federal Constituency, His Royal Highness Babatunde Adewale Ajayi, Torungbunwa II for his quick intervention and visit to the scene on Tuesday morning.

He 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

The Governor said: "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 succor 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.

" 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 succor 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.

The governor while acknowledging the Akarigbo of Remo land, Oba Babatunde Ajayi 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 Remo land, 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.

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