Fire guts Delta markets as residents laments

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Governor Okowa inspecting the burnt Ogbeogonogo market on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 (credit: Delta Government House Press & Asabametro)

Fire guts Delta markets. The two markets that was razed by fire are the popular Burutu Market in Burutu Local Government Area and the Ogbeogonogo market in Asaba, Oshimili South Local Government Area both of Delta State.

According to Punch Newspaper, the fire in Burutu Market started around 3am on Tuesday.

The Financial Secretary of the Burutu Community named Aminu Suyei, confirmed the incident to journalists on ground. He stated that residents of the community as well as traders mobilized to extinguish the inferno.

Aminu Suyei, noted that the cause of the inferno is yet to be ascertained. However, investigations are ongoing. He said lots of goods were lost to the inferno.

However, goods worth millions of naira went up in flames on Tuesday, 26th May, as fire engulfed a section of the multi-million naira Ogbeogonogo Market in Asaba, Oshimili South Local Government Area of the state.

In a statement by the Delta State governor, Dr Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, he said; “I have just finished inspecting the burnt section of the Ogbeogonogo market here in Asaba; there was a fire incident in the market this morning but it is the old market that was affected and the new section was not affected.

“It is obvious that a lot of persons have been affected because we saw that virtually all the stores in that section have totally been brought down by the fire.

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Part of Ogbeogonogo Market in Asaba gutted by Fire (Pics credit: Eyewitness Photo on Facebook)

“I commiserate with those who lost their goods to the unfortunate fire incident and as a government we will do everything possible to assist them.

“I cannot ascertain the number of stores now but there are quite a number and I have directed that the chairman of that section of the market should be able to get to us the documentation of those who own shops in that market.

“We will also cross check with the documents of the local government council so that we know how to offer assistance in terms of palliative to enable them get back to business.

“But apparently, they have been very badly affected, but we thank God for the intervention of the state’s Fire Service; it could have been worse.

“That place is actually very congested and I am sure that if not for the intervention of the fire service, the fire would have done a lot of damage not only to the main market but to very many other private stores that are in existence in that place.”

“The cause of the fire is not yet known because I did ask questions. However, it has happened and it is for us to be able to find a way to provide assistance to those who have been impacted very badly by the incident.

“We will work with the local government council because markets are actually under the control of local government councils.

“The main market which was built by the state government was handed over to the local government council.

“Apparently, the oldest section of the market did not follow any real patterns or rules and so I will have to discuss with the local government council and thereafter give appropriate directives on what ought to be done.”

People are calling on the government to act swiftly in ensuring that both markets are rebuilt so as to enable the victims go back to their businesses.

 

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