Fire razes Gusau Market, 63 Shops Burnt To Ashes

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From Maiharaji Altine, 

Now fewer than 63 shops were completely burnt down by fire in Tudun Wada market in Gusau town, the Zamfara state capital yesterday.


Governor Bello Matawalle has already visited the market where he sympathized with the traders who lost their valuables and promised to assist them as well as to rebuild the market.

In a statement, the Director General, Media Public Enlightenment and Communications Government House, Gusau, Alhaji Yusuf Idris said,”The Governor commiserated with the victims calling on them to consider the accident as an act of Allah and that they should always check on their electrical appliances before leaving their shops at the end of the day’s business’.


He said the state government will reconstruct the 63 shops that were affected by the disaster and immediately directed the Sole Administrator of Gusau Local Government Area to start work soonest.


“The Governor also constituted a committee under a renowned Islamic Scholar,  Sheikh Ahmad Umar Kanoma to ascertain the losses of the traders and submit its report within the next seven days so that the state government can assist the victims to return to their respective businesses”. 

He said his government will continue to support marketers and other traders for the economic prosperity of the state.

 
While conducting the governor round the affected shops,  the Chairman of the United Traders Association, Alhaji Balan  Vice, said the fire started around 4am of Sunday and that since then, the traders as well as officials of the Ministry of Commerce and Industries did not rest on their oars but assisted in stopping the inferno from further spread.


He said,  the team also took inventory of the affected shops which stood at 63 shops and that officials of the traders association had maintained full security cover against miscreants.


He thanked the Governor for his concern and for visiting the market immediately noting that the support and attention the traders are receiving from the Matawalle-led administration are immeasurable. 


During the visit the Governor was accompanied by the Speaker, Zamfara State House of Assembly, Hon. Nasiru Maazu Magarya, Secretary to Zamfara State Government, Alhaji Bala Bello Maru, Head of Service, Alhaji Kabiru Balarabe, Deputy Chief of Staff Government House, Dr. Bashir Mohammed Maru, Commissioners of Information and Environment, Hon. Ibrahim Magaji Dosara and Hon Dr. Nura Isah respectively.


Others include the Sole administrators of Gusau and Maru, Hon. Sanusi Sarki and Hon.  Salisu Isah Dangulbi respectively, Permanent Secretaries and Senior government officials.

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