Mimiko, Fashola Commiserate With SUN Over Fire Incident

Source: BABATOLA MICHAEL - thewillnigeria.com

LAGOS, July 04, (THEWILL) - In what they both described as unfortunate and sad, Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko and his Lagos State counterpart, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) today expressed heartfelt sympathies to the Board, Management and staff member of THESUN Newspapers over last Tuesday’s fire incident, which razed down a part of its corporate head office in Apapa, Lagos.

Their sympathies were conveyed in separate letters, which said it was sad that the Sun Publishing Limited could experience such a colossal loss of property particularly at this period when it seemed to be deploying all its resources to consolidate its impact in the country’s media Industry.

But Fashola thanked God that no life was lost in the incident, but only materials which are replaceable. Fashola’s letter, which Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Comrade Opeyemi Bamidele signed, read in part: "Without doubt, given the versatility of your newspaper and its reach nationwide, the company will bounce back in no distant future while also satisfying your teeming readers.

"The company’s staff and management has the prayers of the Government and people of Lagos State and that the Good Lord will support them at this period by cushioning the loss," the letter said.

In his own letter, which Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Kolawole Olabisi endorsed, Mimiko described the fire incident at its corporate head office and its attendant colossal loss as unfortunate and regrettable, but thanked God that there was no life lost.

The letter read, "On behalf of my family and the good people of Ondo State, I want to commiserate with you over this unfortunate incident. We thank God that no life was lost in the inferno. We are sure that God will give you the resilience that has seen you grow into such a giant newspaper in the nation within such a short span of life.

"We are sure that you will soon bounce back with renewed vigour and keep being the Voice of the Nation and a source of inspiration to Nigerians. We thank God for you and we pray that God will continue to be with you as you weather the storm," the letter said.

Mimiko also ceased the occasion to thank the Board, Management and Staff of the company for their solid support for his aspiration to be governor, his titanic battle to reclaim his stolen mandate at the law courts and for giving publicity to his administration’s efforts at providing the dividends of democracy for the good people of Ondo State in the past seventeen months since he took oath of office.