Monday, April 11, 2016 12:30 pm
Members of the National Assembly from Kebbi state, north west Nigeria, have donated N10 million to victims of the Birnin Kebbi Central market fire, which occurred on March 26, 2016.
A former governor of the state, Sen. Adamu Aliero, announced the donation on Monday when he led the NASS members on an inspection of the burnt market.
He noted that the fire had led to colossal loss and resulted in serious set back to economic activities in the state.
Aliero told the State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Samaila Yombe, who was on the entourage, that the donation was to assist the victims to come back on their feet.
He called for investigation into the immediate and remote causes of the inferno and adoption of measures to prevent future occurrence.
“I recall that 15 years ago when the market was commissioned, fire preventive measures had been put in place,” he stated, and advised traders against erecting structures that would impede rescue operations.
“I urge the authorities to promptly determine the extent of damage and to seek for assistance from the Federal Government, individuals and groups.”
Responding, the deputy governor commended the lawmakers for the donation and pledged that the money would be utilized judiciously.
The NASS members also visited the Emir of Gwandu, Alhaji Muhammadu Bashar, to sympathise with him over the incident.
Aliero called for prayers to prevent future occurrence and urged the traders to accept the calamity as an act of God.
The emir also commended the donors and urged others to emulate them, considering the enormous loss recorded by the traders.