Oyo State Commissioner for Public Works, Infrastructure and Transportation, Professor Raphael Afonja was on Sunday at Akesan market in Oyo town for on-the-spot assessment of a fire outbreak at the market.
Mouthpiece NG reports that a fire broke out 2am at wee hours on Sunday which razed buildings housing several shops, with multi-million naira properties destroyed.
Afonja, who was saddened by the fire outbreak, said the governor will do everything to ensure the safety of lives and properties.
He advised the people of the state to stop storing generator and fossil fuels on penthouses and rooftops and make sure electric appliances are off during this harmattan period.
Commending all emergency responders, the commissioner after thanking the people for their support, also solicited their assistance, urging property and store owners to give way to responders to do their work.
“Governor Makinde administration will procure 10 fire fighting truck to further assist fire fighters.
Afonja commiserated with the traders on their losses and means of livelihoods, which he assured would only be for a short time.
He also commiserated with Alafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi and also visited some affected victims of the violence that ensued afterwards at an undisclosed hospital where they are presently receiving proper medical care.
He expressed the goodwill of Gov. Seyi Makinde led administration and gave assurance that efforts are in top gear to prevent such future occurrences.
With him at the scene include Hon. Kehinde Ayoola, Commissioner for Environment; Dr Ayoola Adebisi Muftau, Permanent secretary Ministry of Health; the Local Government Area Chairman.