Economy

Agodi Spare Part Fire: Traders’ Agonies over Losses

Over twenty thousand motor part dealers in Ibadan have been rendered jobless due to a fire disaster that occurred at the market yesterday night.

The spare parts market at Agodi Gate is dominantly noted for all kinds of motor parts.

Vehicle parts that are sold in the market ranged from tyres, and lorry to car parts

During Radio Nigeria’s visit to the market, the fire which according to findings occurred yesterday midnight could not be put out by Oyo State fire fighters as the inner parts of the markets were inaccessible.

Apart from smokes that pervaded the entire atmosphere, there were flames of fire in some parts dominated by flammable motor parts.

Tyers, engines, bolts and nuts and other parts that were well arranged in each shop were seen completely burnt to ashes.

Some of the affected traders who could not hide their emotion appealed to government to come to their aid saying they had become indebted as most their businesses were run on loan.

In an interview, the President, Ibadan Motor Parts Dealers Association, Mr Olanrewaju Ishola said he left the market at 10 pm yesterday and was shocked to receive an emergency calls an hour later that fire disaster had occurred as a result of surge from electricity supply.

Mr Ishola explained that over one thousand shops affected by the fire had left over twenty thousand traders in the market with no means of economic survival.

Mr ishola pointed out three roads were accessible to the market with one of the roads under repair, noting that two traders had died as a result of shock

Assistant Zonal Coordinator, National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Southwest, Mr Olanrewaju Kazeem observed that the huge damaged caused by the fire was due to lack of accessible road and absence of fire fighting vehicle at the market.

Mr kazeem while lamenting lack of insurance policy by the traders, said record of losses had been taken for onward transmission to the federal government for necessary intervention.

Representative of the Oyo State Emergency Management Agency also said the state government would be informed on the damaged while recommendations would also be given for urgent assistant.

As at the time of filing this report, fire fighters were stilling making efforts to put out the fire while members of Oyo State Security Network, Amotekun were on ground to ensure that motor parts spared by the fire were protected.

Rotimi Famakin

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