Gov Abdulrazaq visits burnt market in Ilorin, promises to assist victims


Kwara State Governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq on Monday visited the Balogun Alanamu market gutted by fire on Monday morning.

He promised a government relief package for the victims of the fire incident to enable them to bounce back.

Governor Abdulrazaq disclosed that the State Emergency Management Agency had already visited the burnt market for enumeration.

Speaking at the palace of Balogun Alanamu of Ilorin, Dr Usman Abubakar Jos, the governor commiserated with the community over the fire incident.

He said the government will offer some support to the victims within its resources.

The Governor, meanwhile, has also sympathised with the Balogun Alanamu over the demise on Sunday night of two of his subjects — Alhaji Sa’adudeen Alagola (Malimu) and his wife Hajia Saadah Iyabo (Iya Koko).

Abdulrazaq said he was also proud of the swift response of the State Fire Service to bring the inferno under control, adding that the State Emergency Management Agency has also visited the area to ascertain the level of damage.

The inferno was said to have occurred at midnight, destroying many shops and properties worth millions of naira.

“It was a great loss of property and livelihood, though we thank God that no life was lost to the inferno. We were able to respond quickly. Officials of the State Fire Service were here on time to control it, though we regret what had been destroyed before they came,” the governor added.

Balogun Alanamu, who conducted the governor round the 15 shops that were razed out of the 90 shops, appreciated Abdulrazaq for his swift response to the unfortunate incident

The Balogun also applauded the government for adequately providing for the operational needs of the State Fire Service, without which he said the fire could have wreaked greater damage.

“We thank Your Excellency for your prompt response to our plight. It shows that our community has capable representatives in your team,” he said.

He also prayed to Allah to grant the Governor a successful tenure and a successful re-election bid next year.

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