Sanwo-Olu Visits Akere Spare Parts Market, Donates N100m To Victims (Photos)
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has donated N100 million to traders who suffered losses in the burnt Akere Motor Parts and Allied market in the Olodi-Apapa area of the state.
Naija News reported that arsonists set fire to some sections of the market in the early hours of last week Wednesday, destroying goods and properties worth millions of naira and killed the 65-year-old security guard on duty.
Following the incident, the state Governor, visited the market and asked security agencies to fish out the perpetrators of the fire incident for prosecution.
In a new development on Wednesday,, Sanwo-Olu visited the burnt market and laid the foundation for a new market building to help reduce the burden on the traders of buying a new structure.
Speaking with the traders at the market, the governor said the financial aid was to help alleviate the plight of the traders who lost goods and cash in the fire.
He, however, said the money was not to induce the traders into voting for him and the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Saturday’s governorship and state assembly elections.
He said, “A week or less ago we promised to come back here to give immediate support to the people who were affected by the unfortunate incident. This isn’t politics, it’s just a coincidence that it is a political season.
“I am happy to be here to lay the foundation for the new market building. Now it’s a storey building, and the small compensation that will alleviate the suffering and loss of our traders here. It’s for us to make a clear stand that we are not about the ethnic or religious division, we are a government that is people- centred and working to make things better for them, no matter what party or where they come from.
“As long as they are law abiding, keep to laws guiding the environment and respect the heritage of where they do business, they will always be accommodated.
“This will also send a clear message to people who want to divide us that we won’t let a little number disunite a large number of people, we won’t give them a space in Lagos and in our government.”
Responding, the chairman of Ajeromi-Ifelodun LCDA Fatai Ayoola thanked the governor for keeping to his promise of helping the people, and promised that they will reciprocate his good gestures by voting for him on Saturday.
In his response, the Chairman of Akere Auto Spare Parts Market, Izuchukwu Uba, thanked Mr Sanwo-Olu for his gesture, promising that the traders’ votes would be for the governor