The Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, on Saturday said that he received with sadness news of the fire incident at Aperin market in Ibadan, the state capital.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, the governor commiserated with victims of the fire incident, saying that his government would get to the root of the sad incident.
The governor assured the victims of the incident that his government would support them, stressing that the government would not abandon them to their fate.
The statement read: “I sympathize with the market men and women who lost their valuables to the fire incident at Aperin market. It saddens me to hear this is happening at a time we are putting heads together to expand the economy of this state and put more money in the pockets of our people.
“It is particularly painful that the incident happened in the dead of the night and that many shops that were recently stocked were affected. Please take heart as we take measures to forestall such occurrences.”
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The governor vowed to get to the root of the fire incident, adding that devastating fire incidents of such magnitude will not be allowed to happen anywhere in the state again.
“Let me assure market leaders, market men and women, especially those affected by the Aperin fire incident to rest assured that the government of Oyo State will not abandon them to their fate at this time.
“We will not only unravel the cause of the fire but will also ensure we do what is within our powers to support the victims of that incident,” he said.