Governor Makinde alongside some top government functionaries were in the East European country. This was in an effort to ensure purchase of modern fire fighting equipment for the Oyo State fire services.
It was reported that Makinde had promised to buy 10 fire-fighting trucks during his visit to victims of the inferno in the state.
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The State’s Commissioner for Infrastructure, Transportation and Public Works, Professor Raphael Afonja, during an on-the-spot assessment of the fire-ravaged Akesan Market, (Oja Akesan) in Oyo town, disclosed that the process that would lead to the acquisition of the equipment would start days after the incident.
Afonja revealed that the process of rehabilitating the inherited trucks was still ongoing when the outbreak of fire incident occurred.
He said: “The last time fire-fighting equipment was procured in the state was in 2006. The present government has, however, kick-started the rehabilitation of the few serviceable fire-fighting trucks.
“Last month we engaged a company that will help us refurbish and salvage some of our existing trucks. This includes the one that was vandalized in Oyo.
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