Kwara Govt supports Oro central market fire victims

Kwara Government has donated N3.9 million as succour to 61 victims of fire outbreak that gutted Oro Central Market in lrepodun Local Government Area of state on April 18.

Mrs Motunrayo Adaran, Secretary, State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), confirmed this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ilorin on Friday.

According to secretary, disbursement to victims, who are mainly butchers and yam sellers, kicked off at the palace of Oloro of Oro Kingdom.

She said provision was not meant to compensate fire victims for losses they incurred to the inferno, but to cushion the effects of the disaster.

She added that state government made gesture after some government officials embarked on an assessment tour of market to examine the level of devastation caused by the inferno.

She recalled that Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq visited market after fire outbreak to commiserate with victims, pledging the immediate support of the state government to the market men and women.

Adaran, therefore, advised beneficiaries to use money judiciously, praying they will not witness such an unfortunate incident again in community and state in general.

NAN recalls that no fewer than 30 shops were gutted by fire at the market on April 18, destroying yams and slaughtered animals worth millions of naira. (NAN)