Association commiserates with Katsina, Zamfara, traders over fire disaster



The Market Traders Association of Nigeria (MATAN) has commiserated with traders in Zamfara and Katsina states over the fire disasters that ravaged their markets.

The President of MATAN, Alhaji Jamilu Abbas, in a in Abuja on Thursday, said the fire disasters ravaging markets in the country were becoming too may.

The Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that no fewer than 63 shops were destroyed by fire in Tudun Wada Market in Gusau, Zamfara on Sunday.

Similarly, worth millions of naira were also destroyed by fire at Katsina Central Market on Monday.

Abbas described the inferno which destroyed of traders at this critical period in the two states as unfortunate.

He said it was more painful at a time Nigeria and indeed the world were experiencing economic hardship due COVID-19 pandemic.

“I am saddened with this development, from January 2020 till date; members across the country lost worth billions of naira fire disaster.

“Within this period of one year, traders in many states of the Federation are victims of one inferno or the other. It is indeed a trying moment for us” Abbas stated.

He appealed the Federal Government redeem its pledge assist victims of recent and previous fire disasters across the country.

Abbas also advised traders and marketers respect and embrace rules as well as regulations prevent future occurrence. (NAN)