Ngige seeks change of strategy to combat fire outbreaks

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige has urged a change of strategy to combat outbreak of inferno especially in markets nationwide.

In a letter of condolence to the governor of the State, Willie Obiano, Ngige submitted that a change of strategy will forestall future reoccurrence.

The letter, which was personally signed by the Minister read in part: “On behalf of myself and the entire Umu-Ngige clan of Alor in Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State, I wish to commiserate with the Government and the good people of Anambra State on the devastating fire incident at Upper Iweka/Ochanja market area of Onitsha last Wednesday, October 16, 2019 and another outbreak just reported this morning, Friday, October 18 along the Omogba/Bassoy axis of the Onitsha-Enugu Express Way.

“This medium cannot aptly convey how shocked and sad I am at the news of the tragic development. It is unfortunate as it is regrettable.

“That precious lives were lost and property worth hundreds of millions of Naira gutted by the inferno at a time of prevailing economic downturn is doubly tragic and deeply saddening.

“It is soothing, comforting and assuring however that the State Government has empaneled a high level Inquiry, chaired by the Deputy Governor to establish the cause of the fire, offer succour and cushion the effect of the disaster.  In spite, the time calls for urgent change of strategies to prevent future occurrences and save our people from further loss and agony.

“I pray for the repose of the souls of the departed and beseech God Almighty to grant strength and resilience in a special way to other victims to enable them rise from the ashes of this colossal loss.”

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