Minister consoles Onitsha fire victims, reassures FG support

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Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq

The Federal government has reassured victims of fire incidents at the Ochanja market, Anambra State of its support towards assisting them to bounce back to life.

Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Umar-Farouq, gave the assurance in Onitsha during her visit to the market.

She said she was pained at the level of losses incurred by the traders as well as the damages caused by the inferno.

She said: “I’m here on behalf of President Mohammadu Buhari to offer our condolences both to your governor and the entire people of the state.

“I’ve directed the National Emergency Management Agency and the State Emergency management agency to access the extent of the damage and report back to the president.

“I’ve directed the SEMA to make available relief materials including food and non-food items to the affected population of the market.”

She assured that the ministry would work closely with the state to see how we can prevent further reoccurrence.

“A joint committee made up of Federal and State governments to come later to access the level of damage with a view to forestall future incidents of fire outbreaks.

Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Primus Odili, commended the swift response of the Federal government to the disaster.

Odili, who took the minister round the market in the company of NEMA and Red Cross Society officials, requested fire trucks from the Federal government to help combat such incidences in the future.

Responding, the Chairman of one of the affected plazas in the market, Nndubisi Onuoha, prayed the promises made to them by the federal government would not be diverted.