The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq has sympathized with victims of the fire incident that razed the Central market, Nguru, in Yobe State.
In a statement by the Special Assistant on Media, Nneka Anibeze, the fire incident razed over three hundred shops and destroyed goods worth millions of naira last weekend.
Umar Farouq described the loss as colossal while directing the National Emergency Management Agency to conduct an on-the-spot assessment of the inferno to ascertain the extent of the damage.
“I commiserate with the government of Yobe state and the victims of the fire disaster which destroyed the Central Market Nguru.
Goods worth millions of Naira have been destroyed as a result of this fire incident while livelihoods have been truncated.
“This is not only an economic loss to the state but also but to the country.
We hope that the cause of the fire will be investigated to avert a future occurrence.
“Officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) which is under the Humanitarian Ministry have already visited the market to assess the extent of damage and hopefully, the government will step in to support the victims.
NEMA team from the North-East Zonal office was on the spot to salvage what was left of the inferno with support from the Yobe State Emergency Management Agency.
Yobe: Humanitarian Minister condoles with Market fire Victims