The Delta State Government has vowed to develop a comprehensive strategy to aid the victims of last Sunday’s fire at the Ogbe-Ijoh Market in Warri.
Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, the state governor, made the vow on Friday during a visit to the market to assess the extent of the damage and express his condolences to the victims of the fire calamity.
Okowa, who was represented by his Deputy, Kingsley Otuaro, highlighted the government’s worry over the Ogbe-Ijoh Market’s ongoing fire catastrophes.
He did, however, tell the traders that the state government will work with the Warri South Local Council and market leadership to assist them.
The deputy governor, who noted that the market had an original design with a fire station, police station, and other amenities, indicated that the government needed to take a hard look at the market’s fire tragedies.
He said, “I am here to actually see for myself the level of damage occasioned by the fire a few days ago. We are very much concerned as a government and we are worried because this appears not to be the first time we have had an inferno in this market. We need to look critically into what has over time constituted this perennial fire outbreak and to see what we can do.”