Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, visited victims of the Oro Central Market inferno which razed at least 30 shops on Monday.
During the visit, the Governor inspected Oro Central market and directed the state emergency agency to get the data of the victims and extent of the damage to determine government’s support.
AbdulRazaq disclosed that plans are in the offing to upgrade and equip Oro General Hospital within the next quarter in order to provide affordable healthcare services to residents of Oro town and its environs.
Speaking with newsmen shortly after inspecting the facility, AbdulRazaq said: “I have come to see first hand to know what the real issues are as a follow up to the visit I made to this place before.
“Now, it is time to actualise our plans for the general hospital. It is going to be expensive but we will start very soon within the next quarter and ensure that the people of Oro get (more) dividends of democracy.
“I thank the staff; they have been dedicated despite the challenges.”
The governor added, “going to two years now, we have fixed infrastructures in education, road and health sectors especially in primary health care. So, we need to move to secondary and tertiary health care. General Hospital Oro is one of the hospitals serving many communities in the state.
“First of all, we will make sure that the wards are renovated and put in liveable condition. We will also increase the number of staff and build confidence so that members of this community can patronise the hospital instead of going to Omu-Aran or Offa”.
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AbdulRazaq said the work at the long abandoned General Hospital will be followed by interventions in the moribund Iludun Oro Water works.
He commended the people of Oro Kingdom for always coming together to offer communal support at every stage of their development.
AbdulRazaq had earlier visited the palace of the Oloro of Oro Kingdom, Oba AbdulRafiu Ajiboye Oyelaran.
Eesa of Oro, High Chief Taye Otunola, who spoke on behalf of the monarch, said the community will remain grateful for the prompt intervention of Governor AbdulRazaq less than 24hrs after the incident.
Iyaloja of Oro, Mulikat Jimoh commended the Governor for his prompt visit and sought more support for market men and women in the community.
The governor also inspected Kwara State College of Education and Iludun-Oro Water Works.
The Governor was accompanied on the visit by a member of Kwara State House of Assembly, Hon Felix Awodiji; chairman Irepodun local government transition committee, Jide Oyinloye; Government Task Force on Environment Chairman AbdulRazaq Jiddah; and former Commissioner of Information and All Progressives Congress chieftain, Raheem Adedoyin.