Forty victims of the Oro Central Market fire outbreak in lrepodun Local Government of Kwara State have appealed to the state government for financial support to resuscitate their businesses.
Mrs. Mulikat Jimoh, the lyaloja of Oro Central Market, yesterday made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in llorin.
NAN recalls that about 30 shops were gutted by fire at the Oro Central Market on April 12, where yams and slaughtered animals worth millions of naira were destroyed.
Jimoh, who also appealed to kind hearted Nigerians to come to their aid, said the inferno destroyed goods.
According to her, the over 40 affected traders, mainly butchers and yam sellers, are facing economic hardship as they are incapacitated to engage in any business after the incident.
She said the affected traders, including able bodied men, are idle and unable to access capital from any source to begin a new business.
The lyaloja, however, expressed gratitude to Governor AbfulRahman AbdulRasaq for his on the spot assessment of the market and solicited succour for the affected traders.
Mrs. Rofiat Bashorun, a trader at the market who sold palm oil, rice and assorted materials, said she lost about N250,000 to the inferno.
Another trader, Mrs. Atilola Bolanle, said she lost over N70,000 worth of goods to the fire and also appealed for financial support from the government.
Alhaji lbrahim Babatunde, a butcher, lamented that he lost over N50,000 to the fire.