— PROPERTY WORTH MILLIONS OF NAIRA LOST
An overnight fire outbreak which occurred at the UBA bank road of Ekiti State University has destroyed several market stalls leading to loss of property worth millions of naira.
The business area which has the largest concentration of small shops and stalls in the University environment consists mainly of Food Canteen, Business Centres largely patronized by students and staff for services including typesetting, printing, photocopying and spiral binding as well as production of thesis work and final year projects work.
According to one of the victims simply known as Alhaja Tawakalitu the fire started at the 12.45am from a food canteen at the west end of the area. The fire ignited plants, woods and generator machines loaded with fuel and at the last count 36 shops and stalls have been completely razed down.
A Business Centre Operator, Mr. Ayegbusi Anifowose, who is a retired teacher, said he invested his entire retirement gratuity to setting up Business.
Mr. Gideon Fabiyi claimed that he had thirteen machines including Photocopier machines, binding machine, and many others totally destroyed.
Both Mr. Akinwumi Caleb and Mrs. Opoli Florence were in tears lamenting the unfortunate incident saying that students’ projects and thesis under production there not spared in the inferno.
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development) Prof. Victor Adoluwa who arrived early in the morning at the venue, sympathized with the victims, he assured item of immediate response from the relevant authorities.
Later, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Patrick Oladipo Aina who was returning from an official trip visited the scene and expressed deep sympathy for the loss of property, in his words: “we thank God that there was no loss of live God will provide for you and replace all you have lost in folds”.
Prof. Aina said that he would collaborate with the National Emergency Agency (NEMA) and seek support of Governor Ayodele Fayose to alleviate the suffering of the victims.