Ogun State government has sympathised with market men and women whose shops were razed by fire at Origbegi market railway, Lafenwa, Abeokuta, the State capital.
The State Deputy Governor, Mrs. Noimot Salako-Oyedele, stated this when she led a government delegation for an on the spot assessment visit to the market.
Salako-Oyedele pledged the government’s necessary support for the victims to enable them get back on their feet soon.
She lamented incessant fire outbreak in the State, saying fire outbreak was becoming a major concern to the State government.
The Deputy Governor said, “His Excellency, Prince Dapo Abiodun has pledged to support the affected victims, as he has done to victims of Olabisi Onabanjo International market, Ijebu-Ode and Sabo Sagamu market recently”.
While commending the Fire Service for its quick response to prevent the spread of the fire, she cautioned cigarette smokers not to drop the stubs indiscriminately, noting that findings showed that the fire outbreak was not connected to any power surge.
She advised market men and women to always take care of their environment and not drop anything inflammable on the ground, especially this period of harmattan.
In his remarks, the Babaloja of Lafenwa Market, Alhaji Musa Adeyinka said the fire happened over night, while everyone had gone home, attributing the inferno to the careless dropping of cigarette stubs on the floor by smokers which triggered the fire, of which the number of shops it affected could not be ascertained.