From Chuks Collins, Awka


Chief Willie Obiano
Chief Willie Obiano

Gov Willie Obiano of Anambra state has assured citizens of the state, especially the traders, market men/women of safer markets and general well being of everyone.

?The ?Governor made the commitment while receiving the report of a 7-man Committee set up a fortnight ago to investigate the remote and immediate causes of the fire that recently gutted a section of the Ose-Okwodu market in Onitsha. The committee was mandated to come up with far-reaching ?recommendations that would help to avert such future occurrences.

?Obiano, while receiving the report from the chairman of the Committee, Igwe Rowland Odegbo, noted that it was his expectation that the recommendations would among other things ensure that the frequency of fire incident in markets would be a thing of the past and that measures taken would improve the general conditions of markets and the trading environment all over the state.

Hear him, ?for instance Onitsha Main Market at present has outgrown its original design and needs immediate attention to check over-crowding, encroachment into the open spaces and construction of illegal make shift stalls. The spaces are cluttered such that movement is hampered during emergency situations like fire outbreak, that even fire trucks can?t get to the scenes on time or with relative ease. Such a situation is not ideal for modern markets.?

Governor Obiano reiterated the determination of his administration to give a facelift to markets in the State to make them more conducive and easily accessible to human and vehicular traffics, adding that the government would ensure that they are provided with necessary infrastructural amenities and adequate security.

?He thanked the Committee for prompt and speedy work, which he believes was meticulous and that recommendations would go a long way in proffering solutions, checking future occurrences and assuaging the feelings of the victims.


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