Not even Dugbe, Ibadan has been spared from market fires, we should all be worried

Fire outbreaks are becoming commonplace across Nigeria. We only just saw reports of a part of the Finance Ministry’s building razing. It even raised eyebrows. However, the Ministry has since cleared all doubts.

The severity of these fire outbreaks are against the background of an ill-equipped fire service infrastructure in the country. There have been several debates on how these outbreaks always wreck more havoc than they should, and we all know that this should not be a discussion in Nigeria right now.

If you went back memory lane, you will realise that there’s hardly any state of the federation that has not had an experience with fire. From Kano to Lagos, Anambra, Edo, Abuja, Enugu, the story is the same – large fires razing through markets and public buildings, destroying properties worth millions; people inclusive. a historical timeline will only break your heart.

Today, in Ibadan, we experienced another one, causing a commotion at Peley Water area of Dugbe, the commercial hub of Ibadan, on Wednesday as several shops were gutted by fire. And you will think the lockdown would have prevented this, but even while it was happening, traders and residents led themselves towards the popular market.

Wares, including clothing materials, electrical and electronic appliances, mattresses and eyeglasses were lost to the inferno.

The cause of the fire is yet unknown. But someone said it was caused by a welder…

And reports of the inferno:

There is a report that the fire has been put off.

And then, the reactions’:

We thank God that we hardly experience natural disasters like wildfires in the West, but we are also worried that our won disasters are man-made. And, when they happen…

These fire outbreaks that have taken place in several markets across the country are usually preventable if only there were preventive measures put in place in these places.

For the Dugbe market, if the welder has actually caused the fire, it means he did not take into cognizance that little sparks from his welding machines could spark an outbreak. He went about his business and again, millions have been lost, No reports yet of anyone dead, and we all wish that did not happen.

The authorities and traders should be extra vigilant to guard against fire outbreaks. Fire prevention should be a priority while measures should be put in place to stem the ugly tide.

Traders should be sensitized on the need to be fire conscious, including observance of no smoking. Cooking by restaurants and other activities that might light up a place.

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