Because of the frequent fire outbreaks that affect markets in Sokoto state, governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has said that the state government would modernise all markets in the state in order to avoid incidences of fire as recorded in the state in recent months.
Speaking when he visited the scene of the latest fire incidence at the Sokoto Old Market, Tambuwal explained that having modern structures in the market place would ensure that proper safety procedures are provided in all public places in order to ensure protection of lives and property.
According to him, “In the interim, we are assessing the damage done to this market and we will in due course announce special intervention to cushion the effect f the disaster on our businessmen and women.
“In the long term, the government will put in place adequate safety measures in all our markets and other public places. We will follow that up to ensure that strict enforcement of all safety measures,” the Governor added.
While sympathising with the victims of the disaster, Tambuwal urged them not to despair, but consider their predicament as part of life’s trials and tribulations.
Speaking on behalf of shop owners, Malam Muazu Danjabalu commended Tambuwal for showing concern over their plight.
He said seeing the Governor at the market at midnight when the fire was razing the shops was an act of genuine leadership which all others should emulate.
He appealed to government to assist the victims quickly enough for them to rebuild their lives without further delay.