The Federal House of Representatives on their plenary today commiserated with the traders of Araromi Spare Parts Market, Agodi-Gate, Ibadan, Oyo state capital over the recent fire Outbreak which destroyed some parts of the markets.
The leadership of the House urged the Federal Ministry of Interior to liaise with the Oyo State Government to investigate the cause of the fire in order to ascertain the extent of the losses suffered by the victims, rehabilitate them and prevent a reoccurrence.
The lawmakers reached these resolutions following their unanimous adoption of a motion moved by members from Oyo, titled ‘Devastating Fire Outbreak at the Araromi Auto Spare Parts Market, Agodi Gate, Ibadan, Oyo State.’
The sponsors were Messrs.’ Muraina Ajibola, Abass Adigun, Akeem Adeyemi, Olusegun Odebunmi, Shina Peller, Abiodun Ojerinde, Olajide Olatubosun, Yemi Taiwo, Stanley Olajide, Musliudeen Akinremi, Akinola Oluokun, Tolupe Tiwalola Akande-Shadipe and Jacob Adejumo.
Moving the motion on behalf of others, Ajibola, who described the market as the largest auto spare parts market in Oyo State, also said it was engulfed in a fire that consumed about 1222 locked-up shops at midnight on April 2, 2021.
The lawmaker said it was unfortunate that the incident was allegedly triggered by high voltage, when electricity supply had just been restored to the market after several years of blackout.
He said the fire, which he described as the first in 50 years in the market, left a trail of destruction as thousands of auto spare parts, tyres, cables, trailer engines and other auto accessories worth millions of naira were burnt to ashes; and about 20,000 traders displaced.
The lawmaker revealed that the incident left thousands of people and their dependents, who directly or indirectly earn their means of livelihood jobless and in a state of despair, thus impacting adversely on the economic wellbeing of Oyo.
Ajibola said, “The House is also disturbed that a market of that size and economic value had no modern devices for detection, dousing or fighting of fire outbreak to stem it from spreading out of hand, as in the instant case.
“The House is conscious that it is the primary responsibility of government at all levels to formulate policies and adopt measures to protect lives and property of its citizens anywhere, including markets and other public places.”
The lawmakers subsequently called on the National Emergency Management Agency to immediately provide palliatives to affected traders and persons, to enable them to renovate their shops and kick-start their businesses.