The items distributed were bags of rice, cement, zinc and mattresses, among others.
Addressing the traders at the Calabar Municipal Council, Gov. Ben Ayade described the tragic incident as unfortunate, hazardous and tragic.
Ayade said that no life was lost but that properties acquired over the years by traders were destroyed.
“I know how painful it is to lose your source of livelihood after years of toil and dedication.
He assured the traders that his administration would remain committed to improving the welfare of the people, especially those who contribute in no small measure to the growth and development of the state’s economy.
Also speaking, the Director-General, Cross River State Emergency Management Agency, Mr Princewill Ayim, commended the governor for his timely intervention.
Ayim said that although the items might not be commensurate with the loss, they should be viewed from the intent rather than the quantity.
He lauded the relationship between the state government and the traders.
Igwe promised that the association would continue to support the Ayade-led government to move the state forward.(NAN)