Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, on Sunday ordered the immediate reconstruction of 20 shops razed by fire midnight Saturday at Kamba Central Market.Bagudu gave the directive when he led a powerful government delegation to Kamba on a sympathy visit to ascertain the level of damage.
The governor, who commiserated with people over the inferno, also directed immediate reconstruction of shops and stalls affected by the fire outbreak at Kamba main market.Represented by the Deputy Governor, Rtd. Col. Sama’ila Yombe-Dabai, Bagudu expressed deep and sincere sympathies to the people of Kamba and Dandi Local Government Areas over the tragic incident.He assured that the state government would bring immediate succor to those affected to recoup losses and restart their businesses as usual.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the governor also ordered for immediate provision of relief assistance to the victims.NAN also reports that the deputy governor, accompanied by top government officials, inspected the burnt stalls and addressed the marketers at the scene of the inferno.In a remark, the Speaker, Kebbi State House of Assembly, Alhaji Muhammadu Lolo, prayed to Almighty God to compensate them abundantly and prevent future recurrence.
He said Gov. Atiku Bagudu mandated them to come to Kamba on sympathy visit, which would be consolidated by personal visit to the town by the governor on his return from official an engagement in Abuja.Similarly, the Chairman, Kebbi State Direct Labour Agency, Alhaji Muhammadu Bello-Dantani, addressed the traders, praying God to avert similar tragedies in the future.NAN reports that the high-powered delegation later moved to the palace of Sarkin Shiko Kamba, Alhaji Muhammadu Zarumai, who conducted the Deputy Governor and his entourage round the destroyed shops at the market.At the palace of Sarkin Shiko, the deputy governor relayed the sympathy message of the governor, saying: “
The Governor is saddened by the tragic fire incident and directed immediate reconstruction of the affected shops,” he assured.
Responding, Zarumai thanked Gov. Bagudu for his consistent love and care to the people of Kamba, while urging the victims of the fire outbreak to persevere and await government relief measures.
In an interview with newsmen at the palace, the Secretary to the State Government, Babale Umar-Yauri, announced that arrangement was underway to provide fire fighting vehicles to Kamba.One of the shop owners affected by the fire incident, Alhaji Abubakar Muhammad, expressed appreciation to the governor for his immediate response. (NAN)