149 shops burnt in Nguru market inferno – Officials
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.