Sabon-Gari Market Fire – Senate President Bukola Saraki has expressed concern over the increasing incidence of market fires following the Sabon-Gari market fire.
The popular market burned down early Saturday morning, and Saraki expressed his condolences as he worried about yet another market fire.
He said in a statement: “The continuous loss of merchandise and properties in many commodity markets in the country, and Kano in particular, to fire disasters has reached a worrisome level that requires urgent measures to combat the trend.
“These fire incidents have deprived our hard working and determined traders the means of livelihood and survival and these traders are expectedly breadwinners of their families.
“In addition, these losses represent the depletion of national wealth as most of the victims constitute a significant chunk of the entrepreneurial class, who are supposedly great contributors to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
“This is most unfortunate to the economy of Kano State, more so, coming after the destruction of the Kurmi market, the oldest market in Kano by fire, and the recent inferno at the furniture section of the Abubakar Rimi market.
“The Senate is pained by the loss, and I seize this opportunity to underscore the need for adequate preventive measures against fire disasters in our markets.
“All markets in the country must be built with the plans to prevent outbreak of fire and equipped with fire-fighting equipment. Also, market women should be trained in fire preventive measures and drills,” he said.