The leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students, Oyo State sympathiezes with traders and affected stakeholders on the unfortunate fire incident that razed the ancient Akesan Market overnight, leaving only few shops and a filling station standing.
NANS, Oyo State notes with disappointment the inefficiency of the fire service to contain a fire outbreak that occurred just 20 metres from the Oyo Station of the service. It shows the level of the unreadiness of the service to discharge it primary responsibility especially in a time of the year when fire is likely to break out more often.
The attention of Nigerian Students has also been drawn to a very disturbing turn of event, where men attached to “Operation Burst”, a Joint Security Task Force recklessly rubbed salt on the wound of grieving people of Oyo by opening fire at protesting citizens leading to death of one, as confirmed at the moment.
It is important to remind “Operation Burst” that this is a democratic society and citizens are at liberty to protest inefficiency at any level.
NANS Oyo State will not condone recklessness from any security agency this year, especially in situations involving Nigerian students, we therefore call on concerned security agencies to calls their men to order and ensure those responsible for the death are brought to book.
We equally call on Oyo State Government to ensure quick provision of fire-fighting vehicles and other equipments for the fire service as contained in the 2020 budget and provision of relive grants for affected persons.
May the Pacesetter State and the good people of Oyo town not experience such tragedy again.