Traders, man­ager trade words over Garki mar­ket fire in­ci­dent

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Mustapha Suleiman

Traders have called on the Garki mar­ket man­age­ment to pro­vide an­swers to the fire in­ci­dent that oc­curred in the mar­ket in the early hours of Satur­day, March 29, 2014.

Speak­ing to jour­nal­ists yes­ter­day dur­ing an in­spec­tion and com­mis­er­a­tion visit by the top man­age­ment of the FCT Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency (FEMA) to the mar­ket, the chair­man of Garki Model Mar­ket As­so­ci­a­tion (GAMMA), Mr Fri­day Ozochi, called on the Abuja Mar­ket Man­agers Limited (AMML) to tell the traders what hap­pened to over 60 shops that were razed dur­ing the in­ci­dent.

Ozochi said, “We’re still sur­prised at what hap­pened on Satur­day morn­ing. They should come out and ex­plain what ac­tu­ally tran­spired be­cause we pay our ser­vice charge, which cov­ers for both fire and other ser­vices within the mar­ket.”

Ad­dress­ing the FEMA del­e­ga­tion led by the Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral, Al­haji Ab­bas Gunmi, the Garki Model Mar­ket Man­ager, Mr Ibrahim Ya­haya-Joe, said the fire orig­i­nated from the frozen food sec­tion but was ef­fec­tively con­tained by men of the Fire Ser­vice.

In his re­marks, the FEMA helms­man, com­mis­er­ated with the man­age­ment and traders for the in­ci­dent, re­it­er­at­ing the FCT min­is­ter’s com­mit­ment to the preser­va­tion of life and property of res­i­dents.

He also called on the mar­ket man­agers to col­lab­o­rate with the agency to en­sure that the stalls within all FCT mar­kets are in­sured.

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