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Disturbed by the fire incident of the 8th of February, at line 27 off Ngwa road market, which affected two shops, the Abia State government has ordered an immediate ban on the roasting of fish and other animals as well as cooking within the major markets in the state.
The Eastern Updates recalls that the fire was triggered as a result of a fish roaster’s stove that was left on after the closing of business.
A statement by the Commissioner for Trade and Investment, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, said the governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, has directed the ministry of trade and investment to evaluate the extent of damage to goods at the two affected shops with a view to supporting the concerned traders.
‘While we thank God that the market authorities and other sympathizers were able to deploy available fire fighting equipment to quickly contain the fire, Governor Ikpeazu has directed the ministry of trade and investment to evaluate the extent of damage to goods at the two affected shops with a view to supporting the concerned traders.’
‘We wish to encourage all market executives to fully implement the guidelines on fire protection within our markets, including ensuring that no flammable material is allowed to be stored within the market as well as effectively distribute fire extinguishers.