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Kugbo fire: Aliyu calls for reorganization of market

Feb, 2021 | By Austine Elemue | ||

Following persistent fire outbreaks in Kugbo market of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has called for the reorganization and remodeling of the market. The Minister who made the call when she visited victims of the Kugbo inferno also commended critical stakeholders for their prompt response, stressing that the spirit of sportsmanship exhibited shows that much would be achieved by doing things together.

Pledging that FCT Administration (FCTA) would see how best to assist the victims, she however, tasked traders to take precautionary measures as most of the goods sold in the market were highly inflammable, revealing that the personnel of FCT Fire Service were poised to train traders on how to curtail fire outbreak. She also commended the traders for assisting victims salvage some of the damaged goods, noting that in most cases of inferno, unscrupulous elements seized the opportunity to cart away other people's belongings.

According to her, "Well, this is sad especially in this very difficult period that we are all grappling with the economic situation and how to survive with our little businesses. Nevertheless, I must also quickly sympathize with victims of this inferno that led to loss of property. "We must also thank God that there was no loss of life; at the same time, we must say a big thank you in appreciation to our first respondents that came to curtail this ugly incident such as FCT Fire Service, FEMA, NEMA, and other stakeholders especially those who quickly came to our aid such as the Nigerian Army, Navy and Air Force.

"These critical stakeholders and hands of fellowship extended to FCT Administration show that together we can conquer. We must say a very big thank you to all of you because the disaster could have been worse than this if not for your prompt intervention. "And for all those who lost their property, it is not because they have offended God in one way or the other. We should take it in good fate and God willing, FCTA will do everything at its best to ensure that we put an end to these ugly occurrences.

"We will look forward to the reorganization of the market. Thank God there is a skeletal space for the fire trucks to move in and we need to improve on it in terms of creating more space to make it more motor able. FCT Emergency Management Agency will come and take stock of the extent of damaged goods, even though we have some figures here." Conducting the Minister round the scene, Acting Director, FCT Fire Service, Malam Sani Sa'idu, told her that the fire outbreak could be linked to electrical upsurge, adding that over 80 timber shades and 300 furniture shops were affected by the inferno.

Sa'idu also maintained that as soon as the fire outfit received information on the outbreak from Kugbo residents, it deployed personnel from Nyanya and Karu and then activated the Federal Fire Service, before the intervention of fire fighters from the Nigeria Army, Air Force and the Navy.

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