Port Harcourt – Some victims of the Dec. 17, 2013 fire disaster in Mile 1 Market, Port Harcourt, on Tuesday appealed for financial assistance from the Rivers Government.
The traders, who made the appeal in an interview with journalists in Port Harcourt, said the assistance would enable them to re-start their business after the tragedy.
One of the traders, Mr Sanctum Udo, a foodstuff seller, said he lost about 150 bags of rice, 65 bags of beans and other food items to the fire.
Udo, therefore, called on the government to keep to its promise of helping the traders overcome the shock from the incident.
“I was left without a pin from my shop and other traders lost even more. So, all the traders are facing the same challenge of not having any money to restart business.
“The government has shown us a temporary site to move to. But, we don’t have money to construct the makeshift structures.
“We call on Rivers State Government to assist us with some fund no matter how little so that we start life again.
“We want our children to go back to school. The incident really affected our family lives,”.
Another trader, Mr Samuel Baronye, who sells wedding accessories, also called on government to provide security at the temporary site Njemanze Street, to discourage land speculators.
“The government should also provide amenities like water, toilet, electricity, perimeter fencing and assist us with cash to go back to business.
“They should keep their promise to us so that we can say thank you to our leaders that have our interest at heart,” Baronye said.
Mr Nnamdi Silvanus, a dealer in ladies shoes, also called on the state government, local governments and relevant agencies to assist them in raising fund to re-start their businesses.
The Chairman of Port Harcourt City Local Government, Mr Chimbiko Akarolo, said recently that government was still collating the number of the victims and their losses.
He said it was based on the data collated that government would be able to work out appropriate compensation for the victims. (NAN)