Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, on Sunday, visited the burnt down Agodi Gate Auto spare parts Market in Ibadan to assess the extent of damage done by the fire incident, which occurred in the early hours of Saturday.
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 that he would hold a meeting with leaders of the market to find common grounds on ways of resolving the travails of the market.
The governor also promised that his administration will 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 tomorrow (Monday), 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 organized 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.
He asked leaders of the market to start compiling the list of shop owners who were affected by the fire, adding that “within the next one or two weeks the state will make a decision on the market generally.”
According to him, even if the market will remain in the present location, “we need to see how we can arrange ourselves such that this kind of thing won’t happen again.”
The President of the market traders, Mr Moruf Olanrewaju, took the governor and his entourage round the market to see the level of destruction.
Governor Makinde also sympathised with the victims of the inferno and promised to assist them.
Though he hinted that the market might be moved to a more spacious location, he stated that the final decision would be taken collective by the government and representatives of the traders.
He directed the market leaders to organise themselves and send their representatives to his office on Monday, April 5, for a crucial deliberation on the way forward.
It will be recalled that the auto spare parts market in Agodi, Ibadan, was razed by fire in the early hours of Saturday April 3, 2021.
The inferno was said to have started from the tyre section of the market before it spread to other parts of the market.
Though men of the state fire service responded promptly, they couldn’t curtail the raging fire as their trucks were unable to reach the interior of the market due to blockage of acces road.
Acting IGP retains Mba as Police publicist, appoints Inuwa as Force secretary
The acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba has reappointed a Commissioner of Police (CP), Frank Mba, and Acting CP Idowu Owohunwa as the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO) and Principal Staff Officer (PSO) to the IGP respectively.
He re-appointed Mba as the Force spokesman for the third time while Owohunwa’s reappointment also made it the third time he would hold the position as the Principal Staff Officer (PSO) to the IGP.
Mba, who served as spokesman for the police twice before his latest reappointment, disclosed the developments in a statement on Friday
In a related development, IGP Baba also appointed an Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG), Hafiz Inuwa, as the Force Secretary and member of the Force Management Team.
The new force secretary takes over from AIG Mustapha Dandaura who has been redeployed to Zone-7 Police Headquarters in Abuja.
Prior to his new appointment, Inuwa was the AIG in charge of Zone-13 Ukpo -Dunukofia in Awka, Anambra State – covering Anambra and Enugu State Police Commands.
He also previously served as the Commissioner of Police in charge of Delta and Cross River States, among other strategic positions he held
Also, the IGP ordered the posting of some personal aides, including a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), Idris Abubakar, as the PSO II to the IGP.
Superintendents of Police (SP) Isah Abdulhamid and Nura Hanga were also posted as personal assistant and secretary to the police chief respectively.
Mba noted that the appointments and postings of the senior police officers and personal aides were with immediate effect.
“The senior police officers are expected to bring their professional and intellectual exposure to bear in assisting the IGP and his management team in developing and implementing strategic policing policies and plans, all directed at stabilising internal security, modernising police operations, and restoring police primacy in the protection of lives and property of citizens,” the statement read.
Residents lauds Oyo govt. security taskforce for efforts in taming hooliganism
Sequel to painstaking and concerted efforts towards ensuring peace and a violence free society, Oyo State Government Security Taskforce has been widely praised for its proactive efforts in taming acts of hooliganism in the state.
Ibadan residents, also paid glowing tributes to members of the Security Taskforce committee for their eagerness and readiness to rise against the suspected hoodlums who are terrorizing the notable places in the ancient city and its environs.
The showering of encomiums on Oyo Government Security Taskforce came in shortly after they mobilsed all the Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) and paramilitary officers to Idi-Aro, Kobomoje, Oranyan, Oja-Oba, Idi-Are re and others against the suspected hoodlums who are found culpable of terrorizing the places and subjecting the residents to tension, sleeplessness and fearful existence among others.
Report had it that the suspected hoodlums in the notable and famous places in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State have become untouchable and equally administering illegal governance, while they were alleged to have been precipitating the dastardly acts to make people to live in fear and while many have been relocating from the areas.
Members of the Taskforce under the leadership of former Commissioner of Police Fatai Owoseni, the Special Adviser on security to Governor Seyi Makinde were said to have mobilsed all the security men to the places where the suspected hoodlums have been alleged of setting many houses ablaze and render the occupants homeless.
Jamiu Sulaiman, a resident of Idi-Aro Ibadan, expressed appreciation to the State Government Security Taskforce for rising against the miscreants whose duties are premised on causing lawlessness, social disorder and residents’ sleeplessness in the community among other notable places in Ibadan.
Sulaiman , also commended the Divisional Police Officer, Idi-Aro Division, Sp Akinwande Aruna for his selflessness, readiness and professionalism exhibited to get rid of all the miscreants who are making the community tensioned on daily basis.
In a related development , Kayode Samuel, who hailed from Oja-Oba Ibadan lauded the Fatai Owoseni – led Security Taskforce, the Commissioner of Police, Mrs Ngozi Onadeko, Oyo State Police Command, Fredrick Faseun Group of Oodua Peoples Congress, Elder Mogaji Oloko, Soludero Security Outfit, Vigilante Group of Nigeria, Amotekun Security Network and others for their strength, patriotism and determination to stand up against the miscreants, in order to restore peace in the affected areas.
Samuel added that the combined efforts of Law Enforcement Agents and paramilitary officers had no doubt yielded fruitful results for the restoration of peace, togetherness and peaceful coexistence across the length and breadth of pacesetter state.
He, therefore encouraged them to summon more courage and exhibit professional tactics and strategies against the suspected hoodlums who are making people of the state to live in fear.
Lagos consumes 1.8m heads of Cattle annually, says Commissioner
The Lagos state government has said that residents of the state consume 1.8 million heads of cattle annually.
The state Commissioner for Agriculture, Abisola Olusanya, who disclosed this during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, also reiterated the commitment of the government in exploring the state’s waterways to expand the fishery opportunities.
She noted that the Japanese would export shrimps and later import the products to Nigeria.
While describing the situation as ridiculous, the commissioner lamented that a lot more needs to be done to harness the abundant water resources in the state.
The Commissioner said, “We have these abundant water bodies around us, what are we doing with it? These are areas where Lagos would like to concentrate on areas where we have the competitive and comparative advantage.
“We would like to expand on what we can do in the red meat sector. Lagos consumes well over 1.8 million heads of cattle on an annual basis. We consume over 6,000 heads of cattle on a daily basis.
“When you consider the transactional value for cattle alone for Lagos, it’s over ₦328 billion but we are producing nothing”, she added.
The commissioner emphasized that since Lagos is the largest market for meat, it would make sense for the state government to set up ranches.
Olusanya disclosed that the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu -led administration is working on the move, explaining that the government will be rolling out an Expression of Interest to investors.
When asked what the market value of agriculture in Lagos is, the commissioner replied “Over ₦ 5 trillion,” noting that it translates to over ₦13 billion daily”.