The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA says Over 350 traders were affected while shops close to 100 were totally razed down by the Monday morning fire incident at Bodija international market, Ibadan.
NEMA Southwest Zonal office in a release after an on the spot assessment at the scene, also disclosed that Food stuffs and other valuable items worth millions of naira were completely destroyed.
The agency said “it received a distress call early hours of this morning of the fire outbreak at a section of Bodija Market in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital. Immediately Zonal office activated and mobilised the Federal and State fire services bring the situation under control.
NEMA however, appealed to the Oyo State and the Market Management to establish a mini fire station at Bodija Market as part of DRR strategies to reduce the impact of fire incidences in the market.
The release reads in part
“The Agency with other relevant stakeholders was immediately was at the scene of the incident for on-the-spot assessment with a view of ascertaining the extent of damages as well as determine the level of Federal Government intervention required. The Damage & Needs Assessment Team was led Asst. Zonal Coordinator.”
“At the scene of the incident, the Agency commensurates with the affected traders over the sad event on behalf of the Federal Government”
“It was gathered that the incident occurred around 3.00 am in the midnight and no one could ascertain the exact causes of the fire outbreak but suspected that could be as a result of electrical surge.”
“Over 350 traders were affected while shops closed to 100 were totally razed down by the fire. Food stuffs and other valuable items worth millions of naira were completely destroyed.”
“NEMA appealed to the Oyo State and the Market Management to establish a mini fire station at Bodija Market as part of DRR strategies to reduce the impact of fire incidences in the market. The market leaders appreciated NEMA and other Stakeholders for prompt response and seek for Federal Government assistance to enable them return to their economic activities.”
“Detailed report would soon be forwarded accordingly for further action.”