The Anambra State Government has directed that traders involved in sale of inflammable goods inside various markets should relocate to a designated area.
According to a Press Release from Anambra State Ministry of Information and Public Enlightenment, Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra gave the directive, while receiving a report of a recent fire incident at the Nkwo Ogbe, Ihiala, Anambra State.
The report was presented by a panel of enquiry constituted by the governor.
Gov. Obiano had instituted a panel of enquiry on the April 29, incident to ascertain the remote cause of the fire outbreak and recommend solutions to avert future re-occurrence.
Speaking while receiving the findings at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia, the governor called for demolition of filling stations sited within markets and residential areas.
He noted that those vending kerosene and other inflammable goods inside markets should be allocated a new place.
“We don’t want such disasters again. Poor handling of inflammable materials inside markets is the cause of this outbreak.
“We will fortify our fire service brigade by procuring more fire fighting equipment that will assist them in the discharge of their duties,” Obiano said.
He, however, commended the committee and the Fire Service Agency for their timely response to fire issues.
The Traditional Ruler of Ukwulu, Igwe Peter Uyanwa commended Gov. Obiano’s effort at stopping the vending of kerosene and petroleum products within market environment.
Igwe Uyanwa, who doubled as Chairman, of the Panel of Enquiry said: “there is need for the Anambra State Fire Service to conduct annual fire risk assessment through fire safety inspection in every market and public buildings”.