Fire razes Bende LGA head­quar­ters

The Punch - - NEWS - Sun­day Nwakanma, Umuahia

BENDE Cus­tom­ary Court, eleven of­fice blocks and ad­journ­ing blocks at the Bende Lo­cal gov­ern­ment Area of Abia State, were, on week­end, razed by fire.

The of­fice blocks house the agri­cul­ture depart­ment, Board of in­ter­nal Rev­enue unit, Ex­am­i­na­tion Devel­op­ment Com­mis­sion, Na­tional Pop­u­la­tion Unit, and many oth­ers.

Com­ment­ing on the fire, the lo­cal gov­ern­ment Chair­man, Dr Ha­gler Oko­rie, noted that the de­struc­tion caused by the in­ferno would cost mil­lions of naira to re­build.

He, how­ever, ex­pressed hap­pi­ness that no life was lost and or­dered coun­cil work­ers to clear the bushes around their of­fices and res­i­den­tial quar­ters and to switch off elec­tri­cal ap­pli­ances when not in use or when leav­ing their homes to pre­vent re­cur­rence.

Oko­rie called on the fed­eral and state gov­ern­ments to as­sist the LGA to re­build the de­stroyed struc­tures so as “to re­store of­fi­cial func­tions of the court and the coun­cil.”

The cause of the fire has not been de­ter­mined.

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