By Ola Ajayi
Ibadan—FOLLOWING recurring fire disasters in major markets within Ibadan metropolis, the Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, yesterday constituted a six-member panel of inquiry to investigate the fire incidents that gutted the Sango Igbajo Plank Market on Christmas Day and Monday.
Members of the panel, according to a statement from the Office of the Secretary to the State Government, are the state’s Solicitor-General and Permanent Secretary, Mr Wasiu Gbadegesin, who is the Chairman of the panel; while the Director, Administration and Supplies in the Governor’s Office, Mr. Paul Oyekunle, will serve as secretary.
Other members are the Permanent Secretary, Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr Lekan Busari; Permanent Secretary, Land, Housing & Survey, Mr. Babatunde Ladipo; Acting Perm Secretary, Environment and Habitat, Mr. M. J. Akinlabi; and Director, Fire Services, Mr. Kareem Oyekunle.
The panel has been mandated to examine the immediate and remote causes of the fire incidents, assess the extent of damage and loss to the traders and to recommend appropriate action (s) to stem a recurrence.