Oyo Govt. Set to Acquire Fire-Fighting Equipment
Oyo State Government says it is set to acquire 10 modern fire-fighting equipment through a competitive bidding process.
This is coming on the heels of fire incidents that led to loss of lives and destruction of goods and properties worth multi-million naira in Ibadan and Oyo town.
Commissioner for Infrastructure, Transportation and Public Works, Professor Raphael Afonja, during an on-the-spot assessment of the Akesan Market, Oyo ravaged by fire, said the process that would lead to the acquisition of the equipment would start on Monday(6th January).
While speaking at the palace of Alaafin of Oyo, Proffessor Afonja stated that the present government inherited a Fire Service Department with weakened capacity as a result of obsolete equipment.
According to him, the incumbent Government in Oyo State had flagged off a process of rehabilitating the serviceable fire-fighting trucks so as to provide immediate service to the people.
Professor Afonja also stated that the process of rehabilitating the inherited trucks was still ongoing when the outbreak of fire incidents occurred repeatedly.
Earlier in a post on his Facebook and Twitter handles, Governor Makinde sympathised with the victims of the Akesan Market and promised to get to the roots of the incident.