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PDP Chieftain Visits Burnt Lafenwa Market, Pledges N2.5m Relief, Others To Victims

      •Aderinokun inspecting burnt shops


The Daily Crucible | Published  Thursday, December 2, 2021

By Adekunle Mariam, Abeokuta

A chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party(PDP), Olumide Aderinokun, has visited the scene of the fuel tanker inferno that engulfed substantial part of the ancient Lafenwa market, describing it as a sad occurrence.

A tanker carrying Premium Motor Spirit(PMS) popularly called petrol had overturned on Sunday after bumping into road median and spilled the contents all over the road.
•Aderinokun commiserates with victims

Shortly after it fell,  balls of fire and thick smoke erupted, sending people scampering for safety but the inferno caught two persons  - a mother and her child, burning the two beyond recognition in the process.

Also, dozens of makeshift shops and an ancient Lafenwa market were said to have been affected by the inferno which broke out as hoodlums scrambled to scoop fuel from the overturned tanker.

However, Olumide who condoled with the victims - the traders - market women and men, on Wednesday after inspecting the extent of the wreckage caused by the inferno and what it represented in losses to the hapless traders, particularly at this period of the year, pledged to give 50 traders who lost their wares and other properties, a non-refundable relief worth N50,000 to each of them.
    •Aderinokun inspecting burnt shops

The politician cum business tycoon who requested for a compiled list of the affected traders which was put together by the market leaders, said he was touched by the news of the inferno and had to readjust his business trip to enable him visit the scene and commiserate with them in their moment of pain and loss. 

“I heard about the news when I was in the middle of a business trip and I urgently had to make plans to visit and condole with my people. It is a very sad event,” Chief Aderinokun said.

 “We need to act urgently because the festive period is upon us and the affected sellers have families that depend on them.

“My foundation, Olumide and Stephanie Aderinokun Foundation – already has a plan to start our interest-free loan in Abeokuta North Local Government which include Lafenwa Market but as a result of what happened on Sunday, we will start the project as soon as possible in January.

“In addition, I will give 50 traders who lost a non-refundable worth #50,000 each.”

Chief Aderinokun’s support package did not go without gratitude and prayers from the market leaders and the traders.

Earlier this year, the Aderinokun Foundation commissioned a borehold project in Lafenwa market to support the people in the environs with easy access to potable water.

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