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Senate consoles Kano market fire victims

By Inalegwu Shaibu

ABUJA — The Senate yesterday resolved to send a six-man delegation to Kano State to commiserate with the state government and the traders whose goods were destroyed in the recent Kanti-Kwari Textile market fire.

The Senate resolution was upon the consideration of a motion entitled “Tragedy of the Burnt Multi Billion Naira Kanti-Kwari Market in Kano,” which was sponsored by Senator Mohammed Bello and two others.

The six-man delegation includes Senators Kanti Bello, Abubakar Sodangi, Chris Anyanwu, Aloysius Etok, Ahmed Lawal and Nurudeen Moseh.

During the consideration of the motion, the Senate decried the poor management of the fire incident which led to the burning of over 500 shops and the destruction of goods worth several billions of naira.

The Senate further decried the poor planning of the market which made it very difficult for Fire Service men reach the market on time to bring the raging inferno under control.

Senators, during the consideration of the motion, lamented the frequency of fire outbreaks in Kano markets, stressing that it has become a yearly event for markets to go up in flames in Kano.

Among those that contributed were Senators Chris Anyanwu (PDP, Imo East), Jibril Kabiru (PDP, Kaduna Central), Garba Lado (PDP, Katsina South), and Abubakar Sodangi (PDP, Nasarawa West).

Senator Kabiru, in his contribution, blamed the outbreak on system failure and the inability of government to take decisive actions to tackle problems in the country.

He said: “It has become an annual tradition in Katun Kwari. The market is the largest employer of labour in West Africa. The continued incidences of annual fire out break were always as a result of system failure. We cry day in, day out about things that affect our people yet nobody wants to take serious step to avert them. We must be able to put a stop to these things.”

Also contributing, Senator Lado called for an urgent step to be taken by the Kano State government towards properly planning the market.


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