The Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki on Monday donated N2.9 million for the reconstruction of the shops that got burnt at Oja Tuntun Market, Baboko, Ilorin, Kwara State about a fortnight ago.
He made the donation during unscheduled visit to the market to commiserate with the victims.
Speaking at the site of the burnt shops, Saraki lamented that the incident had caused dislocation to the economic wellbeing of the people.
He urged the marketers to take greater caution to ensure that all objects that could ignite fire and all electrical appliances were switched off at the close of business. To bring immediate succour to the victims he also made a cash donation of N500,000 to enable them meet immediate exigencies of their daily life.
Earlier, the chairman of Oja Tuntun Market men and women, Alhaji Razaq Lasoju who was flanked by Alhaja Adama said that the incident had caused untold hardship to the victims. He noted that most of them sponsor their family from the sales they make on daily basis. Lasoju expressed appreciation to the President of the Senate for the on-the-spot visit to assess the damage for himself and the big relief he has brought with the donation.
He assured Saraki that the visit was a demonstration of his leadership quality of attending to the needs of his people at all times.
He prayed God to continue to help him in his assignments.