Written by on February 2, 2020


35/37 Martin’s Street, Market Inferno Scene.

The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has promised that his administration would work with stakeholders to build modern markets to curb incessant fire outbreaks in such markets.

Governor Sanwo-Olu made this known when he led top Government functionaries to the scene of last Wednesday’s fire incident at Martins/Breadfruit street on Lagos where four buildings were razed.

The Governor who ordered security agencies to cordon off the entire Martins/Breadfruit streets for proper enumeration of the affected buildings and for integrity tests to be conducted on the remaining ones, expressed shock, saying it was a sad development for the State to experience another fire under an absolutely avoidable circumstance.

Governor Sanwo-Olu said the recent fires being experienced in the State and the colossal loss could have been averted if residents took the simple safety advice being propagated by the government said his administration

He said “We’ve been going round telling the people that this is harmattan period. The weather is very harsh and it easily attracts fire.We have said to the people times without number that they must remove their generators from the top of buildings. Going round, we still have fire in these rubbles yet people keep generators in adjoining buildings.”

The Governor urged members of the Community Development Association and Community Development Committee to put the interest of the residents above pecuniary obligations, as a situation where residents would place multiple generator sets in a building should not be tolerated.

Governor Sanwo-Olu said the latest fire incident has thrown up the debate on the need to build a proper market in Lagos Island and warned that the current arrangement where most of the office buildings are being converted to market stalls and shops would not be accepted.

He said: “we will do a proper enumeration of the people in these markets, plan with them for us to build modern markets.

While explaining the remote cause of the fire, members of the Community Development Association, Lagos Island Local Government, appealed to the Governor for executive backing in enforcing environmental and safety controls in the market.

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