From Mohammed Salisu in Sokoto.
Kebbi State Government today donated a whopping N30 million to the victims of the early morning inferno, same day, at the Sokoto Central Market.
This donation was announced by the State Governor, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, when he paid a sympathy visit to his Sokoto State counterpart, Alhaji Aminu Waziri Tambuwal at Government House, Sokoto.
This was contained in statement signed by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Yahaya Sarki and issued to Newsmen on Tuesday.
The Kebbi State Governor said that, he was deeply touched on receiving the sad news of the blaze which raged for several hours.
He regretted that, the inferno had destroyed assorted properties, believed to be worth millions of naira, although he was elated that, there was no life lost.
The Kebbi State Governor said: “The people and Government of Kebbi State are Indeed saddened by this sad development.
” We are however praying the Almighty Allah to replenish whatever might have been lost to the unfortunate disaster and prevent its recurrence .
” We are with you always, in happiness or sadness and this money is aimed at alleviating the suffering of the victims, affected by the inferno.”
Responding , Governor Tambuwal lauded the invaluable and unprecedented maiden gesture to the victims, coming just few hours after the fire disaster was just put out .
The Governor said that, the people and Government of Sokoto State lacked the words to express gratitude to Bagudu, even as he prayed the Almighty Allah to reward him abundantly.
He lamented that, the sad development came at a time when things were a bit tight , not only in Sokoto State,but in Nigeria and the world.
Tambuwal further remarked that, the incredible gesture of Bagudu showed that, Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara States were still one and the same.
Tambuwal said that, all available resources were marshalled in the consolidated efforts to put out the fire , as diligently coordinated by his Deputy , Alhaji Mannir Dan Iya.
The Sokoto State Governor also acknowledged the unpreventable efforts of the State and Federal fire Services, the Air Force, Military, Police, Nigeria and Security Civil Defence Corps and other agencies, in helping to quench the blaze.
Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu along with his Sokoto State counterpart, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal also visited the Sokoto Central Market to sympathise with the traders.
In another development, governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu was at the palace of emir of Argungu to condole and sympathise with emir and people of Argungu emirate over a trailer accident which occured on Sunday night.
It could be recalled that a tragic trailer accident occured on Sunday night while the trailer carrying passengers, properties and livestock on transit from Bachaka in Argungu to Lagos lost control and summersaulted .
The governor was received by the emir of Argungu at his palace by, Alhaji Samaila Muhammadu Mera, his Councillors, Chairman of Direct Labour Agency, Alhaji Muhammadu Bello Dantani (Magajin Rafi), member representing Arewa , Hon Samaila Salihu Biu and the Chairman of Arewa local Government, Garba Muhammed Yeldu.
The emir expressed the appreciation of Argungu emirate, families and relatives of the deceased and the injured for the visit of the governor.
He thanked the governor for all the support and assistance accorded to the victims of the trailer accident by Kebbi State Government.
In his words ” On behalf of the emirate and the people especially the families affected by the accident, I wish to deeply appreciate the sympathy visit by the governor.
” It is gratifying to note that each time people are bedivilled by one form of unfortunate situation, the governor is always there for them to show his concern over their plight “.
The emir told the governor that 48 passengers in the trailer sustained various degrees of injuries while 7 persons lost their lives.
He further explained that one of the deceased was an indigine of Niger Republic and the trailer was also carrying properties and livestock .
Mera however announced that some of the victims have been discharged from hospital and have since joined their families.
The monarch also used the opportunity to condole the governor on the unfortunate death of former Minister of Sports, Engr Bala Bawa Kaoje who died in Abuja today.
The governor was accompanied by his Chief of Staff, Alhaji Muhammadu Suleiman Argungu (Jarman Kabi) and Alhaji Abdullahi Maitandu, the Overseer of Kebbi State Pilgrims Welfare Agency.