BREAKING: AMAC Chairman, National Assembly Members Assess Karu Market Fire Damage

Following the fire incident that engulfed Karu community market on Friday, June 28, the Chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Hon. Christopher Zakka Maikalangu, led a delegation of National Assembly members to the market to assess the impact of the inferno on traders....Read The Full Story Here ▶

During the assessment on Wednesday afternoon, Maikalangu expressed deep concern over the extent of the damage, highlighting that over 1,300 traders were affected by the fire.

In a statement by Mr. Kingsley Madaki, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Executive Chairman of AMAC, Maikalangu said, “The impact of the fire is devastating. You can see things for yourself. We have over 1,300 traders here. From assessment, the majority were affected. They need help. They need urgent intervention.”

Addressing the traders, Hon. Fred Agbedi, Chairman of the House Committee on FCT Area Councils and Ancillary Matters, expressed relief that no lives were lost in the inferno. He assured the traders that the House would seek federal government intervention to provide aid.

“When we got news of this fire incident about two weeks ago, we decided to write to the market to commiserate with the traders first of all. My committee is directly in charge of overseeing the area councils, including this market,” Agbedi said. “We came to see things for ourselves. I can assure you that we will discuss with the federal government to bring succour to you. The fire was not planned, and we thank God no life was lost. In a matter of days, you will see the intervention of the federal government.”

HRH Joseph Danfulani Narai, Chief of Karu, thanked the National Assembly members and AMAC Chairman for their visit and support. He noted that many affected traders were in different hospitals due to the shock from the incident.

“From looking at things destroyed by the fire, you will see that goods worth millions of naira were lost to the inferno. In fact, many traders are still in shock because of the inferno. They’re in different hospitals. So, we need your help. We need your intervention,” he said.

Suileman Haliru, Chairman of Karu Market Traders Board of Trustees (BoT), also emphasized the need for urgent assistance to help the traders rebuild their lives.

“We hope that you people will help us. As you know, this is a community market. This is where the traders feed. We don’t have any other market. We are not into farming. This is our only source of livelihood. Therefore, we need your help,” Haliru said.

The visit underscores the importance of government intervention in mitigating the impact of such disasters and supporting affected communities in their recovery efforts.

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