Akorede De, Ire De Group hereby formally symphatise with traders and residents at Balogun market area whose wares ,shops/stalls and houses were gutted by fire.
The Symbol of Akorede De..Ire De Group Hon. Toyin Raheem, the Prince of Reform( Omo Agege) is saddened with this unfortunate occurrence and pray to Almighty God to replenish the loss in multiple folds.
This unfortunate loss may have affected some traders but by extension it affects all traders in Lagos State since businesses and trades now depend on each other.Therefore ,our sympathy also goes to all traders and market leaders of Balogun, Agege and Lagos State in general.
It’s unfortunate that the government of today has not learnt a lesson from various fire incidences that occured in several markets in the past.
No doubt ,Balogun market is a popular market in Nigeria. Its not an overstatement if it is said to be an international market.
Such markets all over the country ought to have fire fighting stations close them. Well trained fire fighting officers ought to be on ground every time to combat such incidence.
If one may ask what role did Lagos State Emergency Management Authority as well as National Emergency Management Authority play to arrest the situation ?
At this juncture,the management of United Bank For Africa UBA is commended for their pro active action that prevented the fire from spreading too far. This was achievable with the availability of fire fighting equipments and well trained fire fighting officers.
If a corporate organisation could be so responsible to the community where it operates, what excuse will be tenable for a state government not to have fire fighting stations around such big markets in Lagos State ?
If Lagos State House of Assembly can “toy” with land use , and could amend lasiec law,a public law,within one day, why has it not been raised at their plenary the need for fire fighting stations around big markets in Lagos State ? Yet the state generates income from the markets and use market men and women lawfully and illegally for political gains, still protection of lives and wares of the traders is not their priority.
Tough times never last,tough people do, certainly sooner than later, Lagos State House of Assembly and indeed political offices in the state shall be occupied by pro people leaders that have foresight and not leaders with cosmetic approach to issues,that will be running helter and skelter when an emergency incidence occurs.
We pray to God to forbid reoccurrence of such incidence in Lagos State and in Nigeria in general.
May God console all the victims and grant them favour that will make them forget their losses in no distant time.
Akorede De… Ire DE
Blessing for all