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The Government of Anambra State has commiserated with former Anambra State Governor, Mr. Peter Obi, and his family over the fire incident which destroyed the multibillion Next International shopping mall in Abuja, owned by the family.
In a press release about the fire incident which happened on December 26, The Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment in the State, Mr C Don Adinuba emphasied the business concern was a testimony of industry of the former governor, and the spirit of Igbo people.
He said: ‘It is regrettable that this huge complex, the biggest shopping mall in the Federal Capital Territory, should go up in flames on a day the whole world was still rejoicing with Christendom over the birth of Jesus Christ some 2,000 years ago.
‘It is a tremendous loss to not just the Obi family or the people of Anambra State who are famous the world over for their entrepreneurial skills or the Federal Capital Territory where the mall is located but the whole country’.
The government further stressed that Next International, whether in Abuja or Lagos, or anywhere else, is a testimony of how Anambra people start small enterprises and in no time grow them into multibillion naira businesses.
Expressing confidence that the mall would be rebuilt earlier than some people may expect, Adinuba thanked the fire services which responded promptly to extinguish the fire as well as security agencies that maintained order at the site.
He also commended various individuals who rushed to the scene to remove vital goods in the mall and kept them in safe places.
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