Anambra Industrialist felicitates with Nnewi timber market fire outbreak —blames incidence on poor market infrastructure
Anambra Industrialist felicitates with Nnewi timber market fire outbreak
—blames incidence on poor market infrastructure
By Chukwuemeka Daniel
The Umuchu based Industrialist and the governorship canadidate of Peoples Progressive Party in 2013 governorship election, Mr Godwin Ezeemo has felicitated with traders at Nnewi timber market fire outbreak which occurred wee hours of Thursday January 5 ,2017 by donating half a million .
The correspondent reports on Sunday that Ezeemo while on the scene of the incident called on other well meaning people of the state to rally round the victims of the fire out break as is known in Igbo culture of brother’s keeper.
He said that the course of the fire outbreak should not be far fetched as poor infrastructure characterised the features of the markets and thanked God there was no life loss.
“ With the timber market which is a combustible material it gives huge worries why the market of such magnitude in Anambra business life was left unguarded, with bushes surrounding it, no wall to protect the merchandise, against any infiltrators.
“ I attributes the cause of this fire outbreak to poor infrastructure and managements in the markets and urged the markets leaders to look inward and oragnise themselves well to avoid future accordance by putting in place necessary causation.
Ezeemo said that major markets like timber should have fire services stations sited nearby in case of eventuality and a guard against harmattan season and called on the state government to do the needful as the timber market was as important to the economy of the state as its to the builders.
He said that traders should do their bits in paying up their revenue and taxes and pointed that after exercising such civic responsibility that the government owes the traders to build solid structures and facilities that would protect their wares “ this fire was preventable , is a neglect of responsibility and should be addressed urgently ”.
Ezeemo encouraged some of the victims who came around to receive him , Mrs Anuli Ndukwe, Mr Chibundu Obi, Sunday Eze and Benjamin Muokwe who could manage to speak to him on their life time investment went into the inferno and had nothing to show for their lives again.Mr Muokwe said he lost five machines that cost him N4.5 million each even though the current market price, according to him, was N6 million per machine.
He said he was confused and knew not the direction to go again. For Mr Sunday Eze, he said he lost two saw machines valued at N87,000 each and a table for processing that cost him N45,000. He said he is the bread winner in his family with seven children as his wife had no business doing. This applies to Mr Chibundu Obi who lost four processing machines that cost him N900,0000 each.
yes it seems very hopeless but I can assure you that God is awesome, this is not the end of life be strong for yourselves and your family, there is still hope” he said
Ezeemo who was conducted around the scene of the incident, by the chairman of the timber market Mr Chukwunoso Nnetu called on the State and Federal Governments to come to their rescue as they have encountered a colossal loss and must not be left to their own fate
It was gathered that 155 stalls was gutted by fire, over 500 machines , timbers among others was lost to the fire break.