The leaders of Ihiala Local Government Area have lauded Governor Willie Obiano for demonstrating solidarity with their people following the fire which engulfed Nkwogbe Market, the largest market in the ten towns that made up the Local Government Area.
The Deputy Speaker Anambra State House of Assembly, Dr Pascal Agbodike, said they are impressed that Governor Obiano visited the market to not only comfort the people and see the extent of damage within just twenty-four hours the tragedy occurred but also pledged a fire truck for the people which will be provided immediately.
The member representing Ihiala One in the state House of Assembly, Barrister Chidi Udemadu; the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr C. Don Adinuba, the chairman of Ihiala Local Government Area Transition Committee, Engineer Jeff Obi, the chairman of Ihiala Traditional Rulers Council, Igwe Emmanuel Nnabuife, who is also the traditional ruler of Isseke Town, the traditional ruler of Ihiala Town, Igwe Thomas Obidiegwu, and the President General of Ihiala Progress Union, Chief Okey Chukwu, in a statement said that there has been in recent years series of fires at Nkwogbe Market, the largest employer of labour in their council area and even beyond.
They made it clear that no Governor had ever visited them within several weeks of any occurrence except Governor Obiano who came less than twenty-four hours after the tragedy and set in motion a number of measures, including setting up a panel headed by Mrs Joy Ulasi, a thoroughbred technocrat and former chairman of the Anambra State Post-Primary School Service Commission, to determine within one month the causes of the inferno and provide advise on how to avoid a possible reoccurrence.
The leaders welcomed the promise of a fire truck, describing it as the most critical step towards the completion of the Anambra State Fire Service Station under construction in Ihiala to serve the entire area and beyond even as other requirements to complete the fire station and make it operational are a borehole, perimeter fence and deployment of firemen.
They pledged to help mobilize stakeholders to complete the station, more so with the fast approach of harmatan, during which Nigeria records more fires because of the dry weather.
The political leaders agreed to work in concert with both Ihiala Local Government and the State government as well as other stakeholders to construct a standard market, noting that the market, one of the biggest in Anambra State built in the early 1960s with zinc and woods, was no longer adequate for a fast developing urban City.