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Reports reaching the desk of The Eastern Updates has it that commercial activities are set to resume today (Tuesday) at Onitsha Bridgehead market, Anambra State exactly one week after it was shut, following a chemical explosion that had hit the drug (Ogbogwu) section of the market, which claimed no fewer than five lives.
The Chairman of the market, Chinedu Ezekwike, made this disclosure on Monday at the new yam festival celebration of his Public Relations Officer, Peter Okala, at Okasi, Iyiowa Odekpe in Ogbaru Local Government.
A two-minute silence was observed in honour of those killed by the chemical explosion, as directed by Ezekwike, who managed to be in attendance, as he was still mourning the deceased.
He said the market was temporarily shut to save the health of traders, as directed by the Commissioner for Health, Afam Obidike, after visiting the market to ascertain the extent of destruction.
Okala urged explosion victims to take heart, praying for the repose of the deceased’s souls.
He bemoaned the impact of the flood that ravaged the state recently, appealing to the lawmakers present and good spirited individuals and groups to assist the victims and find solution to the problem.
The Eastern Updates reports that the dignitaries at the event included the member representing Ogbaru federal constituency Chuma Onyema; Anambra Drivers Welfare Association Chairman Adindu Okpala; Chairman of Landlords’ Association of Okasi, Fredrick Muogozie and Chairman of the occasion, Chief Bonaventure Ucheagwu.