Fire destroys goods worth over N500m at Education Market, Woliwo, Onitsha
By Sunny A. David, Onitsha
Few weeks into the New Year traders at the Education Market Woliwo Layout Onitsha, are recounting losses as goods worth over five hundred million naira was lost to an inferno which gutted the market .
Our Correspondent who was at the scene of the fire disaster reports that the ugly incident which was said to have occurred around seven o’clock in the night, razed all the shop in the market.
According to the report, when our correspondent arrived the scene of the incident, the shops were still in flames with the stationeries and other equipment burnt to ashes while traders and passers-by were seen lamenting about the ugly development.
It was gathered that the cause of the disaster is yet to be ascertained, as some sources said it started from one of the shops at the first floor.
Narrating their ordeal, the Chairman of the market, Chief Silas Uzor, said ha was alerted when the fire started but regretted that despite efforts to stop the spread, it razed all their goods and pleaded for government assistance.
Inspecting the extent of damage, the Commissioner for Trade and Commerce, Mr. Christian Madubuko, while sympathizing with the traders on the incident thanked God that no life was lost and announced that the state government would investigate the cause of the fire outbreak which he described as unfortunate, noting that government will decisively deal with whoever that is indicted.
The Commissioner assured that the state government will compensate and assist the traders to enable them earn a living.
In a interview, some of the affected traders, including Dr. Sammy Loco and Chief Williams Ohagiri said their means of livelihood have been lost to the inferno and appealed to the state government to come to their aid.