149 shops burnt in Nguru mar­ket in­ferno – Of­fi­cials

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Hamisu Kabir Matazu, Da­maturu

The Chair­man of the Nguru mar­keters As­so­ci­a­tion, Al­haji Ra­bilu Al­has­san, said the Sun­day morn­ing fire in­ferno in the cen­tral mar­ket, Nguru con­sumed 149 shops.

Speak­ing with Daily Trust on phone, Ra­bilu said the fire which broke around 1:25am on Sun­day razed prop­er­ties es­ti­mated at N51.6 mil­lion.

“We have care­fully as­sessed the quan­tum base on in­di­vid­ual shop own­ers to come to N51.6 mil­lion loss,” he ex­plained.

Al­has­san said the fire out­break was the 18th within the last twenty years and had ren­dered many busi­ness­men poor.

He said the fire could have been put out ear­lier to avert mass de­struc­tion ex­cept that there were no ac­cess roads.

“We re­gret that the mar­ket is too con­gested. We couldn’t avoid the large scale de­struc­tion be­cause we had no ac­cess road for the fire fighters to quench it on time,” he said.

He called on the state gov­ern­ment to in­ter­vene and mod­ern­ize the mar­ket so that it would be de­con­gested to avert fu­ture oc­cur­rence.

He also called on phi­lan­thropists, gov­ern­ment and wealthy in­di­vid­u­als to as­sist the vic­tims re­gain their liveli­hood.

“We com­mend Se­nate leader, Ahmed Lawan for the gen­er­ous and timely in­ter­ven­tion and the state gov­ern­ment del­e­ga­tion for tak­ing quick as­sess­ment of our loses with hope to cush­ion the ef­fect soon­est,” he added.

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