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Market fires: NEMA to convene larger meeting of stakeholders


Kano –  The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) says it will soon convene a larger meeting of stakeholders on incessant market fire outbreaks in the country.
The NEMA Northwest Zonal Coordinator, Alhaji Musa Ilallah, said this in Kano on Monday at a key stakeholders meeting.
NAN reports that the meeting, which was at the instance of NEMA, was aimed at strategising for responses to menace of market/filling station fires in Kano State.
He said the meeting would give stakeholders the opportunity to rub minds and exchange ideas with a view to advising relevant authorities on how to prevent recurrence.
He said the Federal Government was worried about the incidents of fire outbreaks especially at markets and filling stations in the country.
He said the agency had also planned to organise similar meetings with traders and fuel marketers in order to enlighten them on causes of fire outbreak.
Ilallah also stressed the need to take extra measures to prevent fire incidents at places of business and in people’s homes.
He urged state governments to prosecute people found guilty of causing fire outbreaks especially in market places.
Also speaking, the Northwest Zonal Commander, Federal Fire Service, Mr Sadiq Usman, said the federal government would soon establish Federal Fire Service offices in all the other states that do not have such facility.
He said the offices would complement the state government’s fire service, when established.
NAN also reports that the meeting was also attended by representatives of the Red Cross, Kano State Fire Service, State Emergency Relief and Rehabilitation Agency (SERERA) and National Security and Civil Defence Corps, among others. (NAN)

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