The Nigerian government has pledged to assist the victims of the Sabon Gari market fire disaster which razed over 3,800 shops, with cash and other properties worth over two trillion Naira.
Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo made the pledge while addressing some of the traders in Sabon Gari market in Kano State, northern, Nigeria.
He said the federal government would help in every way to support the affected traders to rebuild their shops with a view to resume their businesses.
“We will make sure that we provide and support you with what we have to ensure that people do not suffer. I am here to bring greetings from President Muhammadu Buhari and to tell you that he is with you and standing with you even at this trying moment,” Professor Osinbajo.
He said even though there was a lot to be done to rebuild the market but the federal government would support the state government to make the market a modern one.
The Vice president, who commiserated with the traders, prayed God to prevent future occurrence and replenish their losses.
He commended the state government for steps it had taken so far to ensure that the victims were relocated and commenced their businesses.
The Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje said the state government had identified 7,000 shops and paid N70 million as one year rent for the petty traders to enable them resume business activities.
“The state government is also renovating access roads and will provide firefighting equipment and other facilities in the market,” he said.
The Vice President also commended the Kano state government for the roads being constructed at the Sabon gari area and the under pass along Sabaura Titi in Gwale local government.
Professor Osinbajo performed the foundation laying ceremony for a mass housing estate at Amana city designated for the poor as recently directed by President Buhari.