Market Fire: Sokoto Governor Constitutes Compensation Committee for victims
By Ismail Umar, Sokoto
The Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has sympathised with Victims of the Sokoto Central Market Fire incident.
Governor Tambuwal made the symphathy when he visited the market to access the situation on ground.
He described the incident as unfortunate as the fire destroyed valuable assets in the market.
“the incident is a very sad development, but I appeal to the general public, shop owners and other investors in the market to remain calm as the State government is doing everything possible to bring the situation under control”, the Governor said.
Governor Tambuwal directed the security operatives to strengthen measures and not to allow hoodlums to take advantage of the incident and loot peoples properties in the market.
He added that the State government had marshalled all the serviceable fire equipment that are in the State including from the Nigerian Airfoce, Army and Airport to bring the situation under control.
Investigate causes of fire
According to Governor Tambuwal, a Committee had been constituted by the State Government headed by the Deputy Governor, Manir Dan’iya to investigate and ascertain the causes of the fire.
Members of the committee includes: Commissioners of Land and Housing and Commerce and Industry, Representatives of Sultan and Sultanate Council, Chairman State House Committee on Commerce, Director General of the Market, Director General Sokoto State Fire Service and Board Chairman of the Market.
Also included were: President Sokoto State Chambers of Commerce, Chairman Traders Association, Chairman Sokoto Central Market Traders Association and Sheikh Bello Yabo.
Governor Tambuwal tasked the committee to carefully investigate the causes of the incident and ascertain the assets lost by the victims and report immediately to government for further necessary support.
He thanked all the authorities present assisting the State to bring the situation to control and urged owners of shops to continue with prayers to ensure the incident is bring under control.
The fire which started at 6am gutted the market and destroyed shops worth billions of naira.