ANAMBRA GOVERNMENT DISBURSES FUNDS TO OCHANJA FIRE VICTIMS
By Esther Asoanya
The Anambra State Government has disbursed funds to the victims of Ochanja Market fire disaster, Governor Willie Obiano has disclosed. He made the disclosure while speaking at the commissioning the Building Materials International Market extension Ogidi, Idemili North Local Government Area, The Governor was represented by his Deputy, and Chairman of the Fire Disaster Committee, Dr Nkem Okeke.
According to him, every family that lost a person received One Million Naira; Seven Hundred Thousand was given to each of two victims with special cases; Two thousand each to those who sustained various degrees of injuries while 763 traders including those who lost their wares received One Hundred Thousand naira each. He admonished traders to always allow fire service men to do their work irrespective of their time of arrival to the scene of fire incidents adding that “even if it is a soul that is saved it is more precious than not saving at all”
On the commissioning of the market extension the governor said “Government cannot do everything; urging them to take ownership of their environment and invest their money in establishing of factories.” “We want factories and industries not only trading, let people put their money in industries,” he added.
Speaking on the negative effect of street trading the Governor warned that government is opposed to street trading because those engaged in it can be sent to untimely deaths by reckless drivers.
Earlier in his own speech, the former President, ASMATA and Member representing Orumba North/South in the House of Representatives, Hon Okwudili Ezenwankwo, appealed to the state government not to tax the traders in the market for the next 10 years for having single handedly built the extension market being inaugurated without government assistance.
In his address, the president of the market, Chief Jude Nwankwo traced the history of the market to when it was in Onitsha and commended the former President of the market, Chief Mark Aguiyi who today with his executive members brought the market to its present location.