– Some Lagos businessmen recorded huge losses owing to the flames which destroyed their goods in Ladipo market
– Although nothing official has been said about what caused the large inferno, the Lagos fire service said the disaster started in the morning of Sunday, May 30
– Photos posted by the fire service via its Twitter page on Sunday revealed that many properties were damaged as a result of the flames
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One of the most popular spare parts hubs in Lagos, Ladipo Market, which is located in the Mushin area of the state was on Sunday, May 30, gutted by fire.
The sad news was both reported and confirmed by the Lagos state fire service whose officials were at the scene to put out the inferno.
The state’s fire service disclosed that the flames which started in the morning of Sunday affected the Alapeju section market.
Causes of frequent fire outbreak revealed
Meanwhile, experts had noted that insurance, proper planning, and a central electricity generation system are important steps in curbing the disturbing spate of market fires across the country.
This was the consensus at the second edition of the Grow Nigeria Conversation (GNC) in Abuja on Thursday, May 27 monitored by Legit.ng. The two-hour event was convened by the former Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki.
Engr Joseph Garba Anebi; former past Controller General of the Federal Fire Service (represented), Debbie Windele, a fire safety expert; and Dr. Taibat Lawanson, urban planning, and development specialist at the University of Lagos were part of the panel.
Others were Dr. Usman Ado Kibon; director, Centre for Disaster Risk Management, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Ebose Austin Osegha, CEO/MD Anchor General Insurance Company, and McDonald Ifeanyi, an IT specialist.
“The general belief among most shop owners is that insurance does not work in Nigeria. When a market fire incident occurs, you’ll see politicians donating hundreds of millions for rehabilitation and reconstruction.
“Most times, these monies do not even get to the intended beneficiaries. A fraction of that amount would have been used to secure the market and ensure that needed infrastructures are in place to ensure that losses are minimized.”