Lagos - Gov. Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State on Tuesday said the state government would rebuild the Apapa auto spare parts market, which was destroyed by fire on Sunday.
The governor made the promise while addressing the affected traders during a visit to the market, and said government would rebuild the market to make it more organised and safer.
"The reconstruction will be a synergy between the government and the traders,’’ he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that about 150 shops were destroyed during an inferno which razed down parts of the market.
Fashola, however, appealed to the traders to always insure their property to protect them against losses.
He also urged the traders to evacuate their goods from the market to give way for the reconstruction.
"I am using this opportunity to appeal to the traders and warehouse owners in the state to insure their properties.
"If there was insurance in place, the affected people would have been talking to the insurance companies instead of government,’’ the governor said.
One of the affected traders, Chinyere Mogbo who said she lost everything to the fire, urged the state government to immediately start the reconstruction work.
"This will enable we the affected traders return to our business,’’ she said.