200 shops burnt in Onitsha
Two hundred shops and goods worth over N100 million were burnt in Ose Okwuodu food stuff market in Onitsha, Anambra State on Saturday. The fire, according to a witness, started at about 3a.m.
Conducting newsmen round, chairman of the market, Mr Sunday Ewulum, expressed sadness over the fire outbreak.
Ewulum said he was contacted about the disaster by security men stationed at the market at 3 a.m.
He added that men of the fire service from Okpoko and Main Market, Onitsha, as well as some traders, battled for hours to put out the fire to save the rest of the market.
The chairman said the affected sections of the market included tailoring materials, fish, wine, second handcloths, rice and yam.
He appealed to the Anambra government and the State Emergency Management Agency to come to the aid of the affected traders.
President of Amalgamated Market Traders Association of Anambra State (AMATAS), Chief Okwudili Ezenwankwo, said the state government’s attention would be drawn to the plight of the affected traders.
Ezenwankwo noted that efforts were on to educate the traders on the need to insure their goods. He appealed to the government to set up a panel of inquiry to determine the cause of the fire.
Also speaking, Chairman of Onitsha North Local Government Area, Mr Douglas Egbuna, described the incident as unfortunate and called on the affected traders to be calm. Egbuna said that government would investigate the cause of the fire.
Some of the affected traders, Mrs Theresa Okoye, Mrs Josephine Nnebuife and Mr Peter Okonkwo, urged the state government, wealthy individuals and philanthropists to come to their aid. (NAN)