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Fire guts goods worth millions in Ibadan



Goods and property worth millions were on Saturday lost to a fire incident at the Orita-Aperin Market, Ibadan.

The incident is coming weeks after a tanker fire burnt cars and people around the Onipepeye Bridge of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

The cause of the Orita-Aperin market fire, which was said to have broken out on Friday midnight, was still unknown as at the time of filing this report.

Speaking on the incident, the Babaloja of Orita-Aperin market, Abiodun Hammed said: “The fire started by 12 midnight on Friday, and we immediately called on Oyo State Fire Service but unfortunately, when they got here, the nozzle of their truck was not functioning

“So, we had to resolve to self -help by putting out the fire ourselves, or else, the lost would have been more than that”.

The Babaloja added that most of the owners of the affected shops just bought their goods , adding that this was what makes the total value of the goods affected by the fire to be much.

“The shops that were affected include shop of a jeweries seller, shop of a food ingredient seller, shop of a provisions seller, red oil seller and herbs seller among others.

“N5,600,000 was the worth of jewelry that got burnt and most of the goods affected in the shops of the herbs seller cannot be replaced because they were ancient goods that cannot be seen on the market again,” he lamented.

He, however, appealed to the Oyo State government to come to their aid because the loss was too much for the victim to bear.

One of the victims, whose shops were also affected by the fire, Latifat Adegbola, appealed to the Oyo State government to assist them financially because the money they used to buy the affected goods was collected as a loan with interest.

Adegbola said “All my goods have been consumed by fire and the remaining ones are useless. We are calling on the state government to come to our aid so that we can survive.”

A pepper and onion seller, Mariam Oladepo, who said she lost goods worth N100,000 to the inferno lamented that her shop has been razed with nothing left for her and her children to feed on.

The market women however alleged that the fire would not have gone to that extent if the Oyo State Fire Service truck that was deployed to the scene of the incident had functioned properly.

But in a swift commiseration with the victims, Oyo state Governor Seyi Makinde although described the incident as sad, vowed to find out the cause.

In a statement by his media aide, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, Makinde lamented that the incident happened in the dead of the night when many of the shops’ owners were fast asleep, adding that the incident is happening at a time he is looking at expanding the state’s economy in the people’s interest.

He said: “Let me assure market leaders, market men, and women, especially those affected by the Aperin fire incident to rest assured that the government of Oyo state will not abandon them to their fate at this time.

“We will not only unravel the cause of the fire but will also ensure that we do what is within our powers to support the victims of the incident.”


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Yauri Emirate Stakeholders Meet Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company, Seeks Improve Power supply



Joel Ajayi

In an effort to increase energy supply and mutual relationship between Yauri Emirate, its environs and Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO), stakeholders from the Council have paid a courtesy call on the Management of the Company.

The Dallatun Yauri and Permanent Secretary,  Federal Ministry of Sports and Youth Development,  Alhaji Ismaila Abubakar who led the team on the visit on Wednesday, stated that the meeting is an offshoot of a letter written by the Emir of Yauri, His Royal Highness, Dr. Zaiyyanu Abdullahi to the Managing Director of KEDCO on the need to improve the electricity supply to Yauri Municipal and its environs as well as  foster better understanding between the Company and the Community.

According to him “the delegation from the Emirate Council is here to present a passionate letter from His Royal Highness to the Management of KEDCO and to further discuss the challenges facing the community with a view to finding lasting solution to the epileptic power supply to the Emirate and its environs”

The Permanent Secretary who enumerated some of the consequences of irregular power supply which includes: job losses, potential collapse of small and medium businesses as well as increase in criminal activities, appealed to the company to improve on its public sensitization as well as introduce appropriate revenue accounting techniques by identifying and closing all leakages.

He further urged the Management of the Company to make adequate provision of meters for the Community and also ensure Company and Community relations through the creation of working groups to liaise with its local staff for prompt performance reports.

The Dallatun Yauri who thanked the Management for the warm reception accorded them, assured that the Emirate on its part will not only sensitize its people on the need for regular payment of their bills but also ensure continuous effective  collaborative relationship.

He explained that the effort will also provide permanent solutions to the challenges identified.

Responding, the Managing Director, KEDCO, called on the Emirate to encourage their citizens on prompt payment of bills to enable the Company generate more energy for distribution.

While calling on the Council to discourage its subjects from indulging in illegal connection and distribution of electricity, hethanked the His Royal Highness for his outstanding leadership quality and assured that the Company will continue to partner with them, not only improved cordial relationship but also for effective power supply. 

Members of the delegation include: Alh. Abubakar Sadiq Yelwa (Katukan Yauri), Managing Director, HYPPADEC; Hon. Dr. Yusuf Tanko Sununu – Member, House of Representatives, and Alh. Rilwan Hussein Abarshi, Chief Executive Officer/ Principal Consultant, RHA Consulting.

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