A passionate plea for help has gone to the Osun State government, media houses and kindly-spirited Nigerians, for financial and material assistance for owners of businesses whose shops were recently gutted by fire.
One of the victims of the fire incident, Alhaji Shuaib Abeere, a newspaper distributor and also the General Secretary of Osun State Newspaper Distributors Association, who spoke with OSUN DEFENDER revealed that he was alerted over the phone around 2 a.m. on Wednesday that his shop was on fire.
Alhaji Abeere revealed that when he got to the scene of the fire incident, he met personnel of the Fire Brigade on ground, trying to put-off the fire, adding that people that initially wanted to help in putting-off the fire sustained various degrees of injuries.
He stated further that other businesses affected by the inferno included: boutiques, provision stores, computer and photocopying centres and electronics shops.
In terms of losses, Alhaji Abeere said that he lost almost N1.4 million in cash and properties, fifty thousand naira in cash, many unsold newspapers, magazines, bank cheque books, a wall-clock, fans, clothing items and office tables and chairs, a situation that led to his falling into a state of coma on sighting the fire incident.
While recalling that he had been in the business of newspaper distribution for about 26- years and had been an occupant of the shop for almost 22 years, the newspaper distributors’ scribe stated that it was after he left the services of the defunct National Concord Newspaper that he ventured into the business.