The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, has sympathised with the victims of the recent Sokoto State central market fire which destroyed shops worth billions of naira.
The Minister who received with sadness the news of the incident commended the efforts of all Federal and State fire authorities, traders and concerned citizens that assisted in putting off the fire.
“The Federal government is disturbed by the frequent fire disasters in the country and I urge all market authorities to put in place preventive measures in markets and sensitise shop owners on safety precautions to forestall fire outbreaks.
“I directed the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to work with the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), to assess the situation and report back within two weeks for the provision of necessary humanitarian assistance,” the Minister said.
She added that it was heartbreaking especially at a difficult time when people were trying to make ends meet.
Source: Voice of Nigeria