The Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin has commiserated with the victims of the fire outbreak that razed Akesan Market in Oyo Town, adding that the Oyo government is more prepared to combat fire outbreaks, flood and other disasters better in the State.
Ogundoyin in a press statement on Monday expressed deep sympathy over the lives and fortune lost to the incident, especially the inability of the fire service to rescue the situation.
According to him, it is so sadden and unwholesome, that the federal fire service which is saddled with the responsibility of rescuing fire, preventing fire, fire fighting could not safe the people in the time of need due to lack of equipment, resources or insufficiency of it.
He said, “Our people are now in pain and we will not leave them alone in this trial time. We may have inherited some decays, but it is our absolute responsibility as government to make lives better for all.
“We know the dryness of harmattan contributed to this unfortunate incident but we are taking responsibility. We will equip the fire service agencies across the State in 2020 and awareness will be increased on how our people can prevent future occurrences.”
Ogundoyin noted that flood, fire outbreak and other natural disasters will receive adequate focus of the Oyo State House of Assembly in 2020, as efforts and legislations will be channeled towards their prevention and proper monitoring of the concerned agencies in the State.
“It is sad losing our love ones or fortunes, properties we gathered through sweat and hard work to disasters, we have to find a lasting solution to these, and I appeal to our people to remain peaceful and supportive while we achieve this in Oyo State,” he added.