Ganduje to resettle victims of Sabon Gari market fire

Following last Saturday’s fire incident at Sabon Gari market in Kano State, Governor Abdullah Umar Ganduje, yesterday ordered immediate relocation of the affected traders.

Ganduje said this is to enable the traders return to business activities.

The fire, which consumed many shops in the market, lasted for about 16 hours.

Ganduje, who spoke when he received some governors who were on condolence visit at the Government House, said the immediate plan to resettle the traders to an appropriate location would enable them go on with their daily economic endeavors.

Describing the incident as unfortunate, the governor said the government would henceforth modernize all markets in the state, to facilitate improved business transactions.

He said this would start with the Kantin Kwari textile market by providing roads, culverts and fire service points as well as the provision of collapsible structures for petty traders, adding that the next phase will be the replacement of the wooden structures.

According to Ganduje: “I have already directed the Urban Planning and Development Authority and metropolitan local council chairmen to scout for a suitable site to relocate the affected traders, for the time being, to alleviate the plight of the victims. Let me assure our traders, particularly those affected by this unfortunate calamity that none of them will lose their place of earning a living.”

In their remarks, the Chairman, Progressive Governors Forum, Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha and the Chairman, Northern Governors Forum, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, pledged to support victims of the fire incident, describing the incident as pathetic.

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