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Fire incident: Lawmakers call for relocation of Ekwulobia market


ONITSHA—Two lawmakers in Anambra State House of Assembly, Dr Umeh Ikechukwu and Chief Ikem Uzoezie, respectively have called on the state government to relocate the electronics section of Ekwulobia market that was razed last Thursday.

Speaking to newsmen after an on- the- spot assessment of the tragic incident, the duo, who represent Aguata 1 and 11 constituencies, suggested that the first approach to the problem was for government to relocate the section of the market as it was operating along the road as an attachment to the main market.

Uzoezie, who estimated the number of shops gutted by fire at 60, said the House of Assembly had waded into the matter by mandating the  committee on commerce and industry to investigate it and submit its report next week.

He hinted that Aguata transition committee had also last Friday set up a panel of inquiry to ascertain the actual number of shops affected, the extent of damage and value of the goods.

He said the House of Assembly had last  Thursday called on the executive arm of government to quickly intervene and evolve a way of resettling the traders.

“By next week the House committee on commerce and industry would have concluded its job and reported to the House for appropriate action on the incident,” he said.

Uzoezie dismissed insinuations in some quarters that the fire might have been the handwork of a faction of the traders union in the market, noting that there was no crisis of leadership in the market.

On compensation, Umeh said it could only be determined after investigations had been carried out by the House committee on commerce and Aguata local government, adding that government would have the final say on the matter.


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