Onitsha fire victims get N100 million as government commiserates with them
person_pin Okey Onwuka
query_builder November 21, 2019 16:58:23

By John Ndu/Chinyere Nwoye :

Amawbia (Awka South LGA), Nov. 21, 2019 (MOI) Anambra State Government has doled out not less than N100 million to victims of Ochanja fire disaster.

Of the 763 victims of the disaster, six died, while 10 were hospitalised and 10 others sustained broken legs.

The fire occurred on Oct. 16, when a tanker laden with petroleum products fell in front of Toronto Hospital, Onitsha, near Upper Iweka, spilling its contents through a channel to Ochanja Market, where it the wrecked havoc.

Ochanja Market, the second largest market in the state had not less than 10,000 shops and was almost completely razed.

Commiserating with the victims at Governor's Lodge, Amawbia, Gov. Obiano presented a cheque of N100, 000 to each of the 763 victims.

Obiano presented another cheque of N1 million each to each of the six deceased families; and N500, 000 each to the two victims that sustained fractures.

The remaining eight among the hospitalised also received N100, 000 each.

He added that the state government would also settle their hospital bills as well as bear expenses for burial of the deceased.

Gov. Obiano also assured Ndi Anambra that government would do its best to ameliorate the situation.

He urged other well-meaning individuals in the state and beyond to extend their love and magnanimity to the victims, so as to offer them hopes to live.

Managing Director, State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mr Cyril Agupugo, said that Gov. Obiano on receipt of the news of the fire set up a committee to ascertain the number of affected victims for government intervention.

Mr Agupugo noted that the committee deployed their wealth of knowledge in taking painstaking measures to ensure a comprehensive report.

He commended Gov. Obiano for extending magnanimity to the victims, which he said would help rehabilitate them.

Chairman, Ochanja Market, Mr Nelson Ojukwu said that the Government of Anambra had fulfilled the promises by procuring modern fire-fighting trucks for the market and commencing borehole projects that would be accessible in case of such future emergencies.

Chairman Anambra State Market Traders Union (ASMATA), Mr Ike Ekwegbalu reassured that the names listed were the proper affected victims.

A Nollywood Actor, Zubby Michael, who was present during the occasion donated N1, 000,000 to the victims, in support of Gov. Obiano's kindness. (MOI)