The Nasarawa State Governor, Umaru Al-Makura, has announced a donation of N10m to traders affected by fire at the popular Masaka market.
The governor directed officials to take stock of the damage and come up with policies that would address the incessant fire outbreak in the market.
Al-Makura commiserated with the traders during his visit to the market on Thursday, saying his administration would soon commence the reconstruction of all the markets in the state.
He also directed Karu Local Government Council to relocate the traders to the Karu International Market in Mararaba, and instructed the market management board to regulate the activities of the traders in all the markets in the state.
He advised traders to support the state government in its effort to provide them with a conducive business environment.
Meanwhile, in an interview with Northern City News, a trader, Bernard Nwagwu, whose shop was gutted, said he lost all his investment to the incident, adding that over 150 gallons of palm oil he purchased last week were destroyed.
“My life has come to an end; I lost over 150 gallons of palm oil which I purchased at about N2.5m. My 10-year investment was gone in 30 minutes, gone just like that, I can’t believe it. How will I take care of my family now?” he lamented.
Another trader, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said one person died in the fire but this could not be independently verified.
A tomato trader, Mrs. Chinonye Williams, disclosed that all the shops in the tomatoes section were razed, saying the relocation of the traders to another market was of no use to them.
Source: ( Punch Newspaper )