Governor of Kano State, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, has confirmed that the state lost N27bn worth of property to recent fire outbreaks in markets in the state.
The governor said this while receiving the Comptroller General, Federal Fire Service, Joseph Anebi, who paid him a courtesy visit in Kano.
He said the disaster had been traumatic for the traders, adding that it had been challenging for the government to provide them with palliative measures.
However, Ganduje said his administration was working hard to put in place measures that would avert recurrence of fire outbreaks, citing the example of the recent construction of a fire station at Sabon Gari Market.
The governor added that steps had been taken to enlighten the people on the use of inflammables and related substances, especially during the harmattan season, to prevent fire incidents.
The Governor thanked the Federal Fire Service for its support to the state government, announcing a donation of a plot of land to the agency, to enable it to build its zonal headquarters in the state capital.
He directed the state Ministry of Works to liaise with the Lands Bureau to get a parcel of land in a suitable location for the agency to site its office.
Earlier, the Comptroller General, Federal Fire Service, Anebi, told the governor that the Federal Government intended to construct a zonal office of the Federal Fire Service in Kano, to cater for five states in the North-West.
The Comptroller General, therefore, urged the Kano State Government to provide suitable land for the project, pointing out that its contract process was almost complete.
Source: ( Punch Newspaper )