Kara Market in Ogun State caught fire on Wednesday night.
The Ogun State Government said the injuries sustained and the loss of properties worth millions of naira in the fire incident that ravaged Kara Market in Ifo Local Government Area would have been minimal if approvals of construction of structures were obtained from relevant authorities.
The Secretary to State Government, Taiwo Adeoluwa, said this when he led a government delegation to the scene of the fire incident on Thursday.
He urged prospective property developers to always obtain necessary approvals from relevant government agencies before embarking on construction as it warned residents to always take proactive measures to avoid outbreak of fire.
Mr. Adeoluwa said the State Government would, after due consultations with the leaders of the community, come up with palliative measures to cushion the effect of the loss.
“We want to first thank God that no live was lost. We are here to commiserate with you and also to assess the level of damage done by the fire. Apparently, these are shanties built without government approval and we are not happy about the development. That notwithstanding, as a responsive Government we will stand by you during this period. We will do something in the mean time to assist those affected after consultations with your leaders but we also need to investigate the cause of the fire”, M. Adeoluwa said.
Also, the South West Zonal Coordinator of the National Emergency Management, NEMA, Iyiola Akande, said the danger would have been avoided if necessary approvals were sought before construction and enjoined the people to always be security conscious.
Speaking earlier, leader of the community, Mohammed Gbadamosi, thanked the State government for identifying with them during this trying period and asked for assistance towards rehabilitating the victims.
He said the number of victims, value of the goods damaged, as well as the cause of the incident, which started around 7.45 p.m., is yet to be ascertained.
The State Government’s delegation included the Commissioner for Urban and Physical Planning, Adebayo Fari; Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Femi Falano; as well as officials of the State Emergency Management Agency and the Ministry of Environment.
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