Inferno: CLO urges Soludo to rehabilitate, compensate traders at Plywood Market


The Civil Liberties Organization (CLO) urged Gov. Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra to rehabilitate and compensate traders of Plywood Market in Bridge-Head, Onitsha, over the recent devastating fire incident.

It would be recalled that Plywood Market in Bridge-Head, Onitsha, was burned down after an inferno that happened late at night about a week ago.

The Chairman of CLO Anambra, Mr. Vincent Ezekwueme, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu that the traders are hapless and some are already depressed due to the unfortunate incident.

Ezekwueme said that it was so touching that such a monumental destruction of goods and valuables worth millions of naira were destroyed during this period of economic hardship in the country.

According to him, “we appeal to the affected traders to have faith, truth, and hope in God, who never abandons his people.”

He said, “We commend the Nigeria Police for their prompt mobilisation of officers and men to the scene, which led to the restoration of law and order and the protection of lives and properties.

“We equally decried with great disdain the inability of the Anambra State Fire Service to respond to distress calls during the inferno.

“There is a yearly budgetary allocation to the Anambra State Fire Service, yet they always give flimsy excuses on every occasion where their services are needed.

“CLO passionately appeals to His Excellency, Gov. Chukwuma Soludo, to overhaul the State Fire Service and make it more functional, alive, and alert to its statutory responsibilities.”

The CLO boss noted that there was a need for the state government to constitute a committee to unravel the circumstances surrounding the despicable fire disaster to forestall future occurrences.

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“We appeal to market leaders, traders, and citizens to adhere strictly to all safety measures to curtail the incessant fire outbreak in the state and the country at large,” he added. (NAN)

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