The Governor of Oyo State held a meeting at Government House, Agodi, Ibadan with several Iso Part Spare parts Market leaders in attendance to discuss how they would get the market and traders back up again.
In a statement released by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, it was indicated that the governor had earlier instructed the market leaders to join him at the meeting to enable the government and market stakeholders find common ground on how best to make the market operational again.
In his opening remarks , Governor Makinde told the market reps that the purpose of the meeting was to discuss the immediate palliative measures the government had promised to put in place to support the victims of the weekend fire and stated that the meeting was being held to find a lasting solution to the future of the market.
In his words: “I wanted us to see first so that we can discuss the immediate palliatives we can provide to support our people out there.”
“Secondly, I want us to discuss the future of the market itself. So, that is why we are here today and I believe that at the end of this interaction, we should, at least, have a path forward. There is nothing the government can give you that can be compared to the properties and goods that have been lost to the inferno.
” However, we still have to try to assist you. What is important is, we do not want to witness an incident like that again in this state.
“So, we have to be open and it is not about blame game. I understand the fire started around 11 p.m. the previous night but the information did not get out on time and people were trying to see if they could contain it themselves.”
The governor also assured the market reps that his government would do everything possible to restructure the market and make sure that the new structure was mutually beneficial to everyone involved.
Addressing newsmen shortly after the hour-long meeting, the Babaloja of the market, Alhaji Waheed Azeez, declared his appreciation of the Governor’s warm welcome, also confirming that the Governor had accepted the stakeholder’s plan to rebuild the market.
He also mentioned that the meeting had gone smoothly and reiterated the Governor’s intention to assist the reconstruction efforts any way he could
“At the meeting, the governor accepted to give us all we requested for and he prayed for us as well. He equally promised that he would do the right thing for us.
“On the relocation of the market, he promised us he would not move us away but repair the market to the level we want.”