Senate President goes to scorched Nguru Market in Yobe


President of the Senate, Dr Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan visited the Central market in Nguru, Yobe State to sympathize with the victims of the market inferno which occurred last Saturday.

Lawan reached Nguru in the afternoon, admired the Emir of Nguru and later proceeded to the main market to see for himself what occurred.

The Senate President later on donated the sum of N10 million towards reconstructing the market and attracted other people in the community to make comparable contributions to ease the sufferings of those affected by the fire event.

In a declaration by the Special Adviser (Media) to the Senate President, Mr Ola Awoniyi, he said Lawan likewise experienced the flag-off of relief materials to the victims by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development through the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

Speaking quickly before the distribution of the relief materials, Lawan hoped against a recurrence of such an occurrence.

He stated: “Incidents like this take place since they are destined to occur. Like some said, there are causes and sources of such accidents. We require to look at why the fire break out is taking place practically on an annual basis in our market here.

“Nguru Central Market is an extremely crucial market to us in Yobe State and in the Northeast. We have numerous individuals who benefit from this market straight and indirectly.

“So we are supposed to do everything and anything possible within our limit to support our people who have actually lost so much in their businesses to the fire mishap.

“When I discovered the fire incident, I immediately put a call to the Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development to inform her of this advancement and obviously, she sent NEMA Northeast to come and see what has taken place here.

“NEMA has brought some relief materials for our individuals. Due to the fact that this is relief product, this is merely to cushion the instant impact of that accident.

“I wish to commend the Chairman of Nguru Local Government Council for guaranteeing us that all those that are impacted will take advantage of the relief products properly.”

The Minister of Humanitarian Affair and Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq said in a speech kept reading her behalf by her Director of Humanitarian Affairs, Grema Ali Alhaji that it was a sad occurrence “since of the extent of damage caused and losses to livelihoods of many individuals.”

She stated the relief products brought were based on the damage control and requirement analysis performed by NEMA.

The Minister said the North East Development Commission (NEDC) had actually been directed to assess the scenario for more help to the victims.