Sokoto update: We’ve lost our most valuable asset to inferno- Gov Tambuwal


Governor, Alhaji Aminu Waziri Tambuwal says the people of Sokoto have lost their most valuable asset to the fire that gutted the Shehu Shagari Central Market, saying government is doing everything humanly possible to bring the fire under control.

Briefing news men today, governor Tambuwal said government in collaboration with the management of Sokoto Central Market would continue to put more efforts to quench the fire.

“It is a very sad development. We appeal to the general public and particularly owners of shops who have investment in this market to remain calm as we are doing everything humanly possible to bring it under control.

“We must not do anything that will give opportunity to hoodlums to go into the market and take advantage of these unfortunate situation to help themselves with people’s assets.

“We have marshalled all the serviceable fire fighting equipment that are in the capital, including those of Nigerian Air Force (NAF), the Sultan Abubakar III International Airport, Sokoto and the Nigerian Army; to ensure that we bring this under control.

Governor Tambuwal added that government would also do its best to secure the property of its citizens.

“So, we appeal for prayers, cooperation and support as this is being done,” he said.

Tambuwal explained that had constituted a committee under the leadership of the Deputy Governor.

He said other members of the committee are: the Chairman House Committee on Commerce, Hon. Commissioner of Commerce, Hon. Commissioner for Lands, representative of the Sultanate Council, the Director General, Central Market, Director General, Fire Service, the Chairman of the Board of the Central Market, Alhaji Ibrahim Milgoma, the President Chamber of Commerce, the Chairman Traders Association, the Chairman Central Market Traders, Shiekh Bello Yabo and Alhaji Namadina AbdulRahman.

“We are tasking them with the responsibility of not only bringing this under control but also taking stock of loses suffered so that government can now see how it can come in to support our citizens who have lost valuables and property to this inferno,” he said.

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