Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has expressed sympathy with victims of last Sunday night market inferno which ravaged the Atakumosa Main Market in Ilesa assuring the victims that his government would within the limit of its capacities act to lessen the impact of their losses.
Governor Aregbesola stated this during his visit to the scene of the incident in Ilesa.
The Governor described the incident as painful, unfortunate, and disastrous, adding that his government would do everything possible to put smiles on the faces of the victims who lost their inestimable valuable properties to the disaster.
He urged the victims to accept the unexpected incident in good faith and see it as the will of God.
Governor Aregbesola said he received the sad news with shock, promising that his government would do whatever it could to avert similar occurrence in the future.
“The State Government would assist those who lost their properties worth of millions to the fire outbreak and as well expedite action to prevent the future occurrence by continuously making necessary provisions for natural disaster as we have been doing before”, he said.
Governor Aregbesola who said his visit to the scene was to sympathize and evaluate the level of destruction caused by the inferno, stressed that it was seriously unfortunate that the fire outbreak caused huge loss to the victims.
Earlier in his speech while addressing pressmen, the Owa Obokun Adimula of Ijesaland, Oba Gabriel Adekunle Aromolaran described the incident as worrisome, disastrous and painful.
The traditional ruler assured the victims of prompt assistance from the good people of ijesaland to relief whatever damages and pains that they might have experienced from the incident.
However, the Babaloja of Atakumosa market, Chief Adesiji Ogbara who spoke on behalf of the victims stated that he could not ascertain the exact properties lost to the incident.
“The cause of the inferno was unknown to anyone but it is quit unfortunate that the inferno started sometimes around 6:00pm when market women, men, sellers, buyers and other market users were almost gone to their various homes and lasted till next day”, he said.
Governor Aregbesola by the monarch, Senator representing Osun East, Senator Babajide Omoworare, Former Commissioner for Home Affairs, Tourism and Culture, Mr. Sikiru Ayedun, Former Commissioner for Commerce, Cooperative, Industry and Empowerment, Mr. Ismail Jayeoba Alagbade, Member representing Obokun State Constituency, Hon. Bosun Oyintiloye, his counterpart from Ilesawest State Constituency, Hon. Timothy Owoeye, Vice Chairman, Osun State All Progressives Congress, Alhaji Azeez Adesiji, some sons and daughters of Ijesaland.