Gov. Charles Soludo of Anambra has sympathised with the victims of Tuesday’s fire that destroyed a section of the Timber Market in Nnewi.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Soludo’s message was conveyed by the Commissioner for Industry, Mr Christian Udechukwu, accompanied to the market by the Transition Committee Chairman, Nnewi North Local Government Area, and APGA chieftains.
The governor’s delegation was at the market to sympathise with the traders and assess the extent of damage by the inferno.
He advised the timber dealers to take the safety of the market more seriously.
He also said that there was an urgent need to improve water supply in strategic points in the market to forestall future occurrence.
The governor mandated the TC chairman to sink an ultra-modern borehole with big capacity to supply water to the market.
He also directed that the sawdust area be fenced off so that fire generated from sawdust dumps would not easily get into the shops and sheds.
He expressed the readiness of the government to support the victims at their time of trial occasioned by the fire.
He commended the state Fire Service and others for containing the fire and preventing it from causing greater damage.
One of the market leaders, Mr Ikechukwu Okafor, expressed delight over the governor’s powerful delegation to the market.
Okafor said that the victims lost goods worth millions of naira to the inferno and appealed to the state government to come to their aid.