SEMA, NEMA to Console Kpirikpiri Market Fire Victims

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By Charles Nwankwo


Victims of kpirikpiri regional market fire disaster have been advised to remain courageous and hopeful as State and Federal Governments plan to ameliorate their present situation.

The Zonal Coordinator South East, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr. Fred Anusi made the advice when the Ebonyi state Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and the Kpirikpiri Regional Market Fire Disaster Fact Finding Committee, led the zonal team to the scene.

The representative of the Zonal Coordinator, Ms. Shantel Anyaelechukwu affirmed that the team was on assessment mission to ascertain the level of damages caused by the fire disaster in the market and equally pledged to report back to the Federal Government for possible intervention.

Ms. Anyanelechukwu who described the incidence as disturbing cautioned people to be careful and not to play with fire, because fire is not a friend of anybody.

In his comment, the Executive Secretary, Ebonyi State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Pastor Dr. Ken Nwabueze explained that with the level of damages occurred in the market, the state Government decided to seek the attention of the Federal Government for assistance.

Dr. Nwabueze explained that SEMA has been working seriously with the directive of the Ebonyi State Government to unravel the cause of the fire incident, level of damages and number of victims, stating that the state Governor, Engr. David Nweze Umahi is a man who understands the feelings of his people, and will ensure that the victims are given relief materials to start their businesses again.

He emphasized that Ebonyi state Emergency Management Agency under his watch has spent N500m used for purchasing of relief materials distributed to every community that natural disaster occurred in Ebonyi state by flood, fire, communal crises, wind storm, etc, such as Uburu Okposi, Ndiegu Okpuitumo, Azuofia Ida, Ekpe Omaka, Offenekpa, Ogiri Eda, Ochi Enyim, Imoha, Akpoha etc.

Dr. Nwabueze who affirmed that SEMA has recorded much natural disaster in Ebonyi state, advised people to clear grasses surrounding their environment and take all safety precautions.

He said, “make sure you clear all the grasses surrounding your environment, do not refuel generator when it is on, always turn it off before refueling, do not allow gas cylinder inside kitchen and do not invite quack to install or repair electric appliances and make sure you turn off all electronic gadgets in your houses to avoid fire outbreak.”

In a vote of thanks, the Chairman of fact-finding committee and Coordinator Echiaba Development Centre, Igwe Elias, thanked the state Government for quick response, expressing hope that Federal Government will react positively to assist the victims.

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