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FG to assist victims of Delta market fire



PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari, has pledged federal government’s assistance to victims of Ogbogonogo market fire incident in Delta State; assuring that they would not bear the burden of the unfortunate incident alone.

   Buhari, who spoke through the leader of the federal government’s delegation, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiyar Umar Farouk, commiserated with the victims.

  He emphasised that the federal government only get involved in higher magnitudes of disasters while states and local governments were expected to tackle other degrees of catastrophe suffered in their jurisdictions.

“Disasters are in different categories and at every of that category, there is an organ that is supposed to be responsible. We have minor disasters and those that are major and we have catastrophic disasters. It is only when disasters become catastrophic that the federal government will come in.”

  Continuing, the minister stated, “It is the responsibility of states and local governments to take care of minor and major disasters. I appeal for the understanding of the state as well as the administrators of these agencies to abide by this protocol”.

 Earlier, the state Commissioner for Bureau for Special Duties, Mr. Omamofe Pirah, intimated the DG of NEMA, AVM Muhammadu Muhammad on 10 other disaster occurrences across the state between 2018 and 2019 which were yet to be addressed by the federal government.

   He conveyed the goodwill of government and people of Delta to Mr President and affirmed commitment of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to protecting the lives and properties of the people.

 Meanwhile, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) through the Delta State Emergency Management Agency( SEMA), Monday, donated 1, 875 bags of cement, 120 sewing machines, 80 grinding machines and 100 hair dryers, 625 (25kg) bags of beans, 625 (12.5kg) bags of maize, 625 (12.5kg) rice, gallons of vegetable oil, 300 bundles of roofing sheets, 750 pieces of ceiling boards, nails and cooking seasonings to victims of the Ogbogonogo Market fire incident.

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