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SEMA assesses damage at Nnewi timber, plastic markets’ inferno

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 ANAMBRA State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has carried out an assessment survey to ascertain the extent of damages to the Nnewi Timber Market as well as Amobi Plastic and Utensils Market fire disasters. 

  The exercise, which was carried out at the scene of the incident at Nnewi and Onitsha was to aid the SEMA team in reporting the situation to both state and federal government. 

  SEMA Executive Secretary, Paul Odenigbo, who was represented by a planning officer in the agency, Mr Thomas Mark Onugbolu noted that the visit was to enable the agency to acquire first hand information concerning the inferno. 

“This will enable us to access the situation of things on ground and report back to government.” 

He assured victims of the incident that their report would also get to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), so as to get them the necessary assistance from the FG. 

  The SEMA boss, however, encouraged traders to embrace insurance policies, which would come in handy in times of disaster. 

“We pray that such incident will not happen again and at the same time, thank God that no life was lost in the incident.” 

  Chairman, Nnewi Timber Dealers Association, Mr Chukwunonso Nnetu, while noting that the state fire service team deployed their professionalism in arresting the inferno, expressed gratitude to the state government. 

Emphasising on traders who lost goods worth millions of naira and have no other means of livelihood now, Mr Nnetu called on the state government to come to their rescue.

  Also, Chairman of the Plastic Association, Mr Amobi Felix Isiugo pleaded with the government to come to their aid as this was a hard time for them. 

 One of the victims, Mr Norbert Elixir, while expressing sadness over the incident noted his shop was affected by the fire incident causing him to lose goods worth N2.8 million. 

  Meanwhile, State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has embarked on an assessment visit to Amobi Plastic and Utensils Market that was gutted by fire. 

  The assessment carried out at the market at Onitsha was to ascertain the level of damages caused by the fire so as to enable the officials to report the actual situation as well as devise a feedback mechanism to affected victims. 

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