In the wake of a devastating inferno that swept through Docemo Street, Lagos Island, causing extensive damage to properties and disrupting lives, the Lagos State Government  and community leaders have mobilized to address the aftermath and prevent future occurrences.

The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo- olu, in a press briefing, characterized the inferno  as a result of collateral damage and pledged the government's commitment to protecting lives and properties at all costs. He announced stringent measures, including the immediate demolition of all unauthorized attachments and extensions, regardless of whose toes may be stepped on. Furthermore, he emphasized that regulatory officials would enforce these measures vigorously and  all affected markets would remain closed until further notice.

While expressing gratitude that no lives were lost, the governor acknowledged the significant financial toll, with properties worth millions of naira lost in the blaze. He assured affected individuals and businesses that there would be a thorough audit of all affected shops and properties, with the government providing necessary support to those affected. 

Chairman of Lagos Island Local Government, Hon. Tijani Adetoyese Olusi, drew parallels between this incident and a similar one 25 years ago, emphasizing the need to address issues such as overcrowding and inadequate spacing between buildings. He echoed the governor's call for the demolition of unauthorized extensions and urged the government to halt illegal trading activities on the streets.

Chief Adesoji Ajayi Bembe, the Obanikoro of Lagos, attributed the escalation of the fire incident to a lack of love and unity among marketers. He advocated for a unified approach to prevent such disasters in the future and echoed calls for the demolition of unauthorized structures and an end to illegal trading practices.

Addressing the situation from a community development perspective, Mrs. Bola Olumegbon, the Special Adviser on CBD Matters, emphasized the responsibility of community development associations (CDAs) and community development committees (CDCs) in maintaining a safe environment. She highlighted the profound impact of the inferno on affected individuals and businesses and stressed the importance of refraining from renovation activities until the government completes its audit.

In conclusion, the recent inferno has prompted a coordinated response from government authorities and community leaders, with a focus on immediate action to address safety concerns, support affected individuals and businesses, and implement long-term measures to prevent similar incidents in the future.


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