Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola yesterday called on traders in the state to cultivate the habit of insuring their warehouses and goods so as to minimise losses when there are fire disasters. Fashola who made the remarks during a tour of the burnt Ifelodun Plank Market in Ketu, assured traders the state government would assist them to build a more organized and safer market.
Governor Fashola, who was conducted round the market by the Special Duties Commissioner, Dr Wale Ahmed and leaders of the market, said using insurance companies would also enable those skilled in the wood business to remain at work while also broadening the economy of the State and creating new jobs for the teeming unemployed.
“I use this opportunity to appeal to all markets and warehouses that we should use insurance companies to insure our businesses, stocks, stock-in-trade and our inventory of goods. This is what insurance is for”, the Governor said pointing out that if there were insurance in place, the people would have been talking to the insurance companies instead of the Government.
He advised the market owners to call the toll free emergency number 767 in any emergency situation like fire or other disasters that required immediate intervention, stressing that while the fire was raging at the market, people were calling him on the phone and sending text messages adding that he still had to call the emergency line to direct the relevant agencies to the place.