Makinde advises politicians on fire incidents’ remarks
GOVERNOR Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has urged politicians in the state not to play politics about the recent fire incidents in the state.
Makinde’s call came on the heels of the recent fire incidents at the Iyaganku Furniture Market, Ibadan and Akesan Market in Oyo town.
The governor, who spoke during a visit to the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, said the support that would be given to the affected traders must be done in good faith.
Makinde had earlier visited the Iyaganku Furniture Market and the Akesan Market to assess the damage.
Although the governor did not give a time frame, he assured the traders that the Akesan Market would be rebuilt and allocated to the affected persons.
He stated that rather than apportion blame on past administration in the state for failing to upgrade fire equipment, he would take responsibility by doing the needful.
He said, “I express deep sadness over the recent loss of lives and property. One of the more recent, the Akesan Market inferno, is deeply regretted.
“Things happen that signal failure in our system but I promise to protect the lives and property of everyone living in Oyo State. I take responsibility for this failure; I will make things right.
“Of course, some people were in government for eight years but didn’t procure a single fire truck but I am not here to blame anyone or accuse anybody. I have sworn to protect lives and property in the state and that is what we will do.
“We have begun the process and we will build on it. We just need your support and understanding. I want to implore the traders that are victims of the incident to be patient and cooperate with the government.”