Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, yesterday, paid a visit to the burnt Agodi Gate auto spare parts market in Ibadan, Oyo State, where he pledged to provide palliatives for victims of the inferno.
The governor, who inspected the market alongside top government functionaries, expressed shock and sadness over the loss of goods worth millions of naira.
He said he would hold a meeting with leaders of the market to find common grounds on ways of resolving the travails of the market.
According to a statement made available by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Taiwo Adisa, the governor also pledged that his administration would come to the aid of victims of the inferno by providing palliatives within the shortest possible time.
He said: “I greet every one of you here this afternoon. I have seen the extent of destruction and I know how important this market is to the economy of Oyo State.
“I was here during the electioneering and interacted with you. I am still trying to process in my head the way forward, but I want to let you know that the government will come to your aid.
“We won’t allow you to bear the brunt alone. So, I will ask the leadership to send your representatives. And by Monday (today), we will sit together and look at the immediate palliative we can do for you.
“The second thing is, I want all of you to go and think about it very well; is it time for us to move this market to a far more organised setting? Please, think about it. Do we need to move this market to a better place that will be more comfortable and spacious for everyone to stay in? It is a decision that we need to all take together because I don’t want any reoccurrence of this in the state. And the only way for us to ensure that we don’t witness anything like this again is for us to sit down and think of a solution that will endure.”
The president of the market traders, Mr Moruf Olanrewaju, took the governor and his entourage around the market to see the level of destruction.