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Buhari sends delegation to Katsina market fire victims

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President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a delegation of ministers to Katsina State to commiserate with government and victims of Monday morning’s inferno at Katsina Central Market.

The delegation, led by the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, first visited the market to meet some of the victims, as well as ascertain the level of damage.

Malami was accompanied by the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika; Minister of Humanitarian and Disaster Management, Sadiya Farouk; Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, among others.

He told the traders that President Buhari was saddened by the incident and shared in their pains, and that government would assist victims in the reconstruction of the razed shops.

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“The President heard what happened; he is always with you, especially in this trying moment, and has prayed God to comfort you.

“We will partner with Katsina State Government to fashion out appropriate relief measures. The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs has also been directed to assess the situation and provide relief packages to the affected traders,” Malami said.

He announced a donation of N5 million by traders from Kebbi State to the victims.

The ministers, who later met with Governor Aminu Masari, also sympathised with the state government on behalf of Buhari.

“We are in Katsina to bring the President’s message, the sympathy massage that has to do with the unfortunate fire incident that has affected the Katsina Central Market. The message is to commiserate with you and to express his sympathy over that unfortunate incident. Mr. President, indeed, shares in your pain and agony,” he added.

Masari thanked the President for sending the delegation to sympathise with the people of the state, adding that the state government would set up a committee to look into the root of the fire and how to improve facility in the market.

According to the chairman, Katsina State Traders Association, Mustapha Gafai, about 1,000 shops were destroyed in the inferno, with properties worth billions of naira destroyed.

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