Kara Market Fire: Ogun Govt. Moves To Control Recurrent Incident

Kara Market Fire: Ogun Govt. Moves To Control Recurrent Incident The Ogun state government says it is immediately commencing the process of restructuring the development at the Kara market to prevent incidents of fire outbreak which has become a yearly occurrence.

The measure, according to the Commissioner for Urban and Physical Planning, Mrs Ronke Sokefun, is pending the final relocation of occupants of the market to the proposed final place at Ogere area of the state.

She made the disclosure when she led other commissioners on an on-the-spot assessment of the damage done to the market by an inferno which broke out on Christmas Day.

“It is just because of the holidays, we have equipment on ground to commence work at once. If you look behind me you will see that the place has been red tapped. The red tape is to contain the incident site where the fire started from.

“We want to put a stop to a regeneration of uncontrolled development activities around this market. Nobody has been able to pinpoint what exactly was the cause of the fire and for us, safety precaution and every moral sense dictates that we stop further development around this market,” she said.

She also commiserated with the leadership of the market over the unfortunate incident.

Meanwhile occupants of Kara market have expressed their readiness to relocate to the new market being prepared by the state government.

Reacting to some of the steps being taken by the state government, the secretary to the market expressed the willingness of the traders to abide by whatever decision the state government arrives at.

“We do not know what caused the fire, we just saw the fire and we immediately contacted the Ogun state government and they responded. We are not happy about the incident at all. This is why the commissioners are here.

“We are waiting for the government because the government is currently doing something at Ogere. So, we are ready to go to the place anytime they say we should move, we are cooperating with the government, no problem at all.’’

The Commissioner for Environment in his own contribution, admonished residents of the state and especially markets to always take adequate precautions to forestall fire outbreak during the harmattan season.

“This time of the year of course is prone to fire outbreak. Basically people should be mindful of how they handle electrical appliances and those who deal with naked fire should control  how it is done because the season we are in fire thrives most,” he said.

Meanwhile, the affected place has been cordoned off by officials of the State Emergency Management Agency and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), as occupiers of the market tried to salvage some of their belongings  while others still counted their loses.

No life was lost but property worth millions of Naira were destroyed by the inferno.

NEMA Begins Fire Prevention Campaign In Kaduna State

NEMA Begins Fire Prevention Campaign In KadunaThe National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has embarked on a campaign to enlighten the public on how to prevent fire outbreak at markets and other public places during the harmattan season.

The North-west Zone of NEMA in collaboration with Kaduna State Fire Service kicked off the campaign in Kaduna metropolis, at the popular Kasuwa-Bachi market where traders were sensitised on how to avert fire outbreak.

The North-west Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, Musa Ilalah, who led the exercise, said the sensitisation was aimed at strengthening preparedness, prevention and timely response in addressing fire outbreaks in markets and other public places in the state.

He said there was need to educate the public on how best to curtail market fire and re-define the roles of emergency response agencies during fire emergencies.

The NEMA official advised the traders to always put out their electrical appliances before they close their shops and to also procure fire extinguishers in case of any emergency situation.

He also urged the public to call the agencies’ emergency phone numbers in case of any fire outbreak or any other emergency situation to reduce casualties.

Mr Ilalah also advised the traders to ensure that their goods were insured, as the government might not have the financial strength to take care of all disaster victims in Nigeria.

Some of the traders commended NEMA for the sensitisation campaign, promising to put what they have learnt into proper use.

Multiple fire incidents had earlier engulfed two markets in Lagos State and another one at Sabon-Gari in Kano State.

Apart from occasional loss of lives, property worth billions of Naira were also destroyed in the process.