By Bisi Oladele and Tayo Johnson, Ibadan
Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi yesterday visited the Bola Ige International Market in Ibadan, the state capital, which was gutted by fire on Wednesday.
Ajimobi pledged to renovate the market to international standard.
He said the renovation would include the rehabilitation of the fire station and the sinking of bore holes.
Ajimobi said arrangement would be made for the provision of an alternative place for those affected by the fire.
He said the government would offset the huge electricity bill incurred by the traders, which has left the market without electricity for some time.
Ajimobi said the government would financially assist those affected by the fire.
Traders at the market have continued to count their losses.
No fewer than 20 shops and goods worth millions of naira were destroyed in the fire.
The fire, which reportedly started around 7:15pm on Wednesday, affected half of the Baby Wears and Building Materials sections of the market.
Victims have appealed to the state and local governments to come to their aid.
Mr. Seyi George said: “I got to know of the fire around 10pm. I deal in wholesale baby wears and under wears. I was at home when I got the call about the fire. I restocked my shop on Friday and everything was consumed by the fire. The goods were worth over N400,000.”
Mrs. Sangolade Ebunlomo said she lost goods worth N250,000.
She said: “All I have laboured for in my entire life was consumed by the fire.”
Mr. Abdulganiyu Kehinde said his shop, his wife’s and that of his sister and mother-in-law were razed. He said there was no hope of survival for his family.
They thanked the governor for visiting and urged him to fulfill his promise to those affected soon.
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