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Onitsha fires: Anambra to give succour to victims



GOVERNOR Willie Obiano has set up a panel to compensate the affected victims of the Onitsha fire disaster, with the Deputy Governor of Anambra State, Dr. Nkem Okeke as the chairman of the committee.

  The deputy governor recently inspected the site of the incident, to ascertain the level of damages caused by the disaster, and to verify the authenticity of the list of affected victims, and proffer a lasting solution to avoid future re-occurrence.

Speaking to National Light, Dr. Okeke, sympathised with the victims of the fire incident, and assured them of state government’s support to help them get back on their feet.

The deputy governor stated that some of the affected buildings would be marked for demolition and some rebuilt. He also said that the state government would procure brand new fire trucks, and boreholes to supply water in case of emergency.

Dr. Okeke further emphasised on the need for market people to have a proper orientation on insurance, to enable them protect their wares, and for livelihood to continue.

He also promised that the intervention process will surely take place before Christmas, and that state roads will be properly looked into, to ensure a balance for heavy trucks coming into the state.

Commissioner for Public Utilities and Water Resources, Emeka Ezenwanne, affirmed the mandate given to them by the governor to build roads and boreholes within the market.

Ezenwanne also said that they hope to go on a massive orientation to train market leaders and security on fire fighting, as well as support them with fire hydrants and water.

“People need to be enlightened on the need to have a fire extinguisher.

Some of the buildings would go through integrity test to ascertain those that are scientifically weak for immediate demolition,” Ezenwanne stated.

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