Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom has visited the Makurdi Modern Market where an inferno destroyed no fewer than 200 shops. And has pledged to donate the sum of N50 million to all traders whose shops were burnt down on Tuesday night.
The governor, who lamented the destruction caused by the inferno, said that billions of naira had been lost.
“This is one incident too many. I recall that we had fire incidences at Gboko Market, Wadata Market and now Modern Market.
“And for Modern Market, this is the third time it is happening within a few years.
“This alone is one too many and we do not deserve it again. We pray it never happens again (but) we must take some proactive steps to ensure it doesn’t happen again.”
Ortom promised the traders that the state government would not abandon them during their moment of trial.
He said that a commission of inquiry would be set up to identify the immediate and remote causes of all the fire incidences in the markets so as to ensure that such an incident does not happen again.