ABUJA (Sundiata Post) – Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has expressed sadness at the fire that engulfed the popular Yola Central Market, in Yola, Adamawa State.
In a statement released in Abuja through his media office, the former Vice President said the fire incident was one too many and called on authorities in charge of public places like markets, schools and factories to be extra vigilant at this period of the year.
The statement sai that fire incidents during this period of harmattan could be quite devastating in its impact because of the prevalence of the dry trade wind blowing from the North east part of the country and which tends to lend a helping hand to otherwise containable fire outbreak to get out of hand.
The former Vice President recalled that valuable property running into millions and at times human lives have been lost to devastating fires in many parts of the country of recent. He calls on the management of the Yola Central Market and other markets and places of business susceptible to fire outbreaks to work out ways and means of reducing fire outbreaks to the barest minimum.
He also challenges the various fire services in the country to improve on the readiness and preparedness to deal with fire outbreaks to reduce losses and the trauma usually caused the victims.