Alaafin, Raphael Afonja, Kehinde Ayoola, Gbajabiamila Visit Akesan Market

The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III and his son, Prince Akeem Adeyemi, member representing Oyo federal constituency at the lower chamber of the National Assembly on Sunday visited the Akesan market after fire engulfed the market earlier this morning.

The visit, we gathered was to commiserate with the Akesan traders and victims of the inferno.

In a related development, the Oyo state commissioner for Public Works, Infrastructure and Transportation, Professor Raphael Afonja was at Akesan market of Oyo town for firsthand assessment of a fire outbreak at the market.

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Joining him at the scene include: Hon. Kehinde Ayoola, Commissioner for Environment; Dr Ayoola Adebisi Muftau, Permanent secretary Ministry of Health; the Local Government Area chairman

Also the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has sympathised with the government and people of Oyo State over the fire incident that gutted the Akesan Market, in the ancient town of Oyo.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, the Speaker said he was shocked by the incident.

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Gbajabiamila expressed regret over the early morning fire outbreak that claimed the means of livelihood of many traders.

“It is with heavy heart that I received the news of the fire outbreak that gutted the popular ancient Akesan Market in Oyo.

“I commiserate with the victims of the fire for the disruption of their economic activities as a result of the unfortunate incident.

“Being a historic ancient market and very dear to the people of Oyo State, I also empathise with the Alaafin of Oyo, HRH. Oba Lamidi Adeyemi over the incident.

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“I want to appeal to the people to remain calm and law abiding as the government of the state looks into the situation with a view to bringing succour to the victims, meanwhile the House Committee on Emergency and Disaster Management alongside the lawmaker representing the area, Rep. Akeem Adeyemi will wade in to mobilize relief materials ” the Speaker said.


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