Fire: Gov Bala Mohammed Donates N10m To Victims OF Muda Lawal Market


…Promises reconstruction of shops

BY ADEYEMI AKANJI, BAUCHI – Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed has announced the donation of N10million for victims of recent fire disaster at the Muda Lawal Market in Bauchi.

Governor Mohammed also pledged that the state government will reconstruct all the affected Shops and provide immediate relief to the victims to enable them pick up their pieces and bounce back again.

The market is one of the largest in the State Capital where people converge on a daily basis from outside the state to transact businesses.

The market was recently gutted by a midnight fire which razed down many shops making the owners to lose items worth several millions of Naira as well as other unquantifiable valuables.

It was gathered that no fewer than 12 block of Shops were razed and completely destroyed by the inferno while properties mostly items for sale worth about N60 million were also destroyed.

While inspecting the level of damage during a sympathy visit to the market, Gov. Mohammed announced the amount as donation to be shared among the victims as well as reconstruct the shops.

He also promised to install a transformer that would boost electricity power supply in the market to improve commercial activities.

While directing the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to take inventory of the loss, the Governor prayed God to prevent future occurrence of the incident.

He debunked allegation that his administration is planning to shortchange traders of the Central Market, describing the insinuation as politically motivated.

Speaking on behalf of the victims, the Chairman, Muda Lawal Market Association, Alhaji Bala Mai Kaji expressed appreciation for the visit and promised to support the Governor’s political ambition.

Kaji said that assessment of the extent of the damage is ongoing in order to identify those who are directly affected assuring the Governor that the money will be given only to those affected.

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