Makinde ad­vises politi­cians on fire in­ci­dents’ re­marks

The Punch - - NEWS - Wale Oye­wale, Ibadan

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.”

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