Traders at the popular Bodija plank market in Ibadan have appealed to Governor Seyi Makinde for his support after the fire that burned down their market earlier this week.
Recounting their losses, the traders said that money and properties running into hundreds of millions were destroyed in the inferno.
The Chairman of Zone 7 where the incident occurred, Alhaji Daud Owoyemi Ogunrin told DailyPost correspondents that the cause of the fire has not been discovered.
Alhaji Ogunrin said; “I was informed some minutes after 8 pm yesterday that our shops were on fire. We came here and everything has been destroyed.
“We cannot say the cause of the incident, but eighteen shops have been destroyed. We have more than forty people who have property here.
“We are begging God to replenish us. We are calling on well-spirited Nigerians and the government to assist us. We do not know where to start.”
The Chairman, Ibadan Plank Sellers Association, Elder Gbenga Gbaroye also called on the Oyo State government to support the victims.
In his words, “We call on Oyo State government to assist us because our work needs money. Our work does not require any other thing apart from money.
“Over one hundred million naira has been lost here. Where do we start?”