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Reports reaching the desk of The Eastern Updates has it that a storey building belonging to former Ebonyi State Commissioner for Solid Mineral Development, Chris Uchaji, has been razed by fire.
The fire incident, which occurred at No. 13 Onor Street, Abakaliki, Ebonyi state capital, razed the storey building and other valuable properties worth millions of naira.
Uchaji, who spoke with newsmen shortly after the incident, said that he was at the stadium with his wife for morning exercise when he received a distress call from his security man that his family house was on fire.
According to him: ‘Early this morning I went for sports at the state stadium together with my wife and we were coming back when I received a call from my security man shouting, fire, fire.
‘We quickly rushed in only to see many people on a rescue mission as the whole house had been engulfed with fire. I suspected it was due to an electrical spark and it started in my wife’s room, where my six-year-old daughter was sleeping.
‘The intensity of the fire was high and it spread to other rooms, causing massive damage, but thank God no life was lost. I thank God for people’s goodwill and the fire service. Though the state fire service came here, their water finished early, but with the intervention of federal firefighters, they were able to control the fire.’
In another report, no fewer than five fake hospitals have been shut down by the government of Ebonyi State while three fake drug distributors were arrested.
Governor Francis Nwifuru made this known yesterday on the floor of the House of Assembly as he presented the 2024 budget estimate, christened; ‘Budget of Innovation and Success,’ to the legislature.
He pointed out that 107 medical quacks in the state have singed undertaking with a task-force on medical quackery in the state never to indulge in the unwholesome practice again.
Nwifuru said he was committed to upgrading the 13 general hospitals across the state to change its health status and provide access to healthcare services for rural dwellers