By Chinyere Nwoye
Odoakpu (Onitsha South LGA), March 16, 2021 (MOI) State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) embarked on an assessment visit to Amobi Plastic and Utensils Market that was gutted by fire.
The assessment carried out at the market at Onitsha was to ascertain the level of damages caused by the fire so as to enable the officials to report the actual situation as well as devise a feedback mechanism to affected victims.
Executive Secretary (ES), SEMA, Chief Paul Odenigbo represented by SEMA’s Planning Officer, Mr Thomas Mark Onugbolu, said that they had come to sympathise with victims of the incident and to know the extent of damages incurred.
“This will enable us to report back to the state government and other relevant Agencies such as; National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) so as to see how they can also be of help.’’
Odenigbo noted that it was always at the heart of government to see that whatever citizens were going through.
He said they want to see how the unions could be encouraged to embrace insurance policy.
Chairman of the Plastic Association, Mr Amobi Felix Isiugo pleaded with the government to come to their aid as this was a hard time for them.
“No amount of money is too little or big for someone who lost their wares in the fire inferno; so, we will appreciate anything given to us.
“I thank the fire service for their prompt response else it could have been more disastrous,’’ he added.
Isiugo, urged all traders to have fire extinguishers in their shops and also get involved in insuring their businesses too as it would aid them in times like this.
Mrs Antonia Adimchukwu, Chair of Utensils Dealers Association in the market, noted that a lot of goods worth billions of naira was destroyed by the inferno.
Adimchukwu noted that the Executive evaluated the situation as truly terrible for them.
According to her, it is the security guards on duty that informed her of the fire when it started and that it was caused by sparks in electricity wires.
“I plead with Gov. Willie Obiano as a humanitarian to come to our aid.
“If the Governor sees the extent of damages here in the plastics and utensils section, he will surely have mercy on us,’’ she stressed. She, then, noted that they remit their revenues on time and keep to government rules and regulations. (MOI)