Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni on Saturday expressed shock at a fire that destroyed more than 300 stores in the Nguru market.
This was made known by Mr. Buni in a statement from his Director General for Press and Media Affairs, Mamman Mohammed, in Damaturu.
He described as sad and unfortunate the annual recurrence of the fire incident that had continued to deprive traders of their livelihoods.
“The government will continue to explore ways to make life meaningful to the people.
“This explains why this administration is committed to building modern markets with fire retardant materials throughout the state to safeguard our merchants and their livelihoods.
“The government will ensure the timely completion of modern markets and allocate them to our traders to improve their livelihoods,” he said.
The governor ordered the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to assess the damage and provide the government with details of the necessary actions.
Ibrahim Adam, president of the Market Traders Association, told the Nigerian News Agency that the incident happened around 7 am on Saturday.
He said that the fire caused by high electrical voltage destroyed more than 300 stores that contained fabrics, used clothing, shoes, food, among others.
He called on state and local governments to help rehabilitate the market, which was critical to business activities in the area.
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