BY SUNNY A. DAVID
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq has said her Ministry will work with other relevant agencies to provide relief assistance to victims of the fire incident at Upper Iweka and Ochanja market axis in Onitsha, Anambra State.
The Minister described the fire incident as tragic, heartbreaking, very unfortunate and a great loss to the country.
Two persons dead while 40 buildings and over 500 shops were razed down as a result of the fire.
The fire was said to have started when a tanker with petrol lost control, fell off and burst into flames while the petrol was pouring.
Minister Hajiya Farouq in a statement in Abuja on Thursday said she was saddened by the news of the fire and sympathized with families of those who lost their lives and those who lost their properties.
Said She: “Our thoughts and prayers goes out to families of those who lost their lives in this unfortunate incident. I am aware that many others have lost so much as their shops and means of livelihood were gutted down by the fire.
“No doubt, this is a very difficult situation for you. I encourage you to remain steadfast as you hold on to the Almighty God for succour and strength.
“Rest assured that the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development will work with other relevant Government Agencies and the Government of Anambra State to bring relief and assistance to you.”