Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe state has commiserated with victims of the fire disaster at the Bayan-Tasha market, Damaturu, in the early hours of Friday.
The governor described it as “a huge economic sabotage and great loss to the individual owners and the state in general.”
He said, “I am deeply saddened by this disaster affecting the means of livelihood of many people and their families. The government will look into this huge loss to provide succour to the victims to get back on their feet.
“The Damaturu, Gashua and Nguru Ultra Modern Markets would soon be allocated for traders to move to the more secured environment, to be protected against the menace of incessant fire outbreaks in the markets.”
The newly commissioned ultra modern markets were constructed with fire-proof technology using burnt bricks to protect goods against fire outbreaks.
The governor called on traders and the people to always take precautionary measures to guard against electrical faults and other possible sources of fire in business environments.