Gov. Willie Obiano has expressed sadness over the fire that gutted the fairly used motor spare parts dealers at Mgbuka Market in Obosi, Idemili North Local Government Area with goods worth millions of naira destroyed in early morning fire on Saturday..
The governor who was represented by his deputy, Dr Nkem Okeke. said the incident was not a good way to start off the New Year and condoled with mainly the traders who lost many of their wares to the inferno.
“I feel sorry for those whose goods were destroyed in the incident and pray for a better future for them.”
He assured them of state government’s assistance, stressing that a panel of inquiries would be set up to look into the cause of the fire and to establish immediate cause of the incident.
Chairman, Mgbuka, Obosi Market, Mr Samuel Ezeobodo thanked the state government for the visit, and commended Anambra State Fire Service for arriving at the scene in good time to put out the fire.
According to Emmanuel Ede and Ifeanyi who spoke to National Light on the sad incident, over 400 shops were affected with goods worth several millions of naira lost.
They lamented that after what happened in Ochanja Market in October, last year, traders were yet to learn from experience and make provisions for such emergencies.
They regretted that despite fire servicemen’s prompt arrival to the scene, congestions occasioned by indiscriminate parking of goods by traders and siting of shops in every available space by the market authorities mulled much of the fire service and other rescue hands’ efforts to enter into Jide Zone, the most ravaged area but could only fight its spread into Power Line and other adjoining areas.”
They empasised that there was no power supply in the area that fateful night to suggest any electricity related cause and questioned why there were no sufficient fire extinguishers in the market for use in such state of emergency even when the market authorities have collected N500 from each traders to that effect before the incident.
“We have security in the market but they neither could notice the fire on time to raise alarm nor provide lead to unraveling the circumstances behind this incident.”
He urged government to not only assist hapless traders who are usually victims of this unfortunate incident but carry out a thorough probe into the sad occurrence.