Obaseki visits burnt spare parts market in Benin, promise assistance for victims

The Governor of Edo state Godwin Obaseki has visited the Uwelu spare parts market burnt mid night Tuesday.

Obaseki visited the market on Wednesday to access the level of impact of the inferno.

Speaking to the affected traders after the assessment, the governor said the state government will assist them to enable them get back to business again.

He assured the traders whose shops were destroyed by the midnight fire, of government’s support to get them back to business.

The Liberator gathered that some of the affected traders had attempted to commit suicide by jumping into the raging fire that destroyed their goods before they were held back by sympathisers.

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Obaseki, who sympathised with the traders, told them that a committee would be set up to unravel the cause of the inferno which destroyed goods worth millions of naira.

He urged them to be peaceful stressing that the circumstances surrounding the fire outbreak would be ascertained to prevent future occurrence.

The committee, he said, would within one week investigate the cause of the fire, ascertain the number of traders whose goods were damaged and the monetary value of goods lost, which he said would enable the state government provide assistance to the victims.

“I will hold a meeting with the Head, Edo Fire Service, sister agencies which helped in putting out the fire; members of the State Executive Council and officials of Egor LGA this afternoon and a team will be set up to investigate the fire outbreak.

“The team will also advise the state government on measures to put in place to ensure that fire outbreak in markets are minimised and prevented, where possible,” he added.

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