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Kano donates N20m to Katsina market fire victims

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Kano State Government and the business community in the state have donated N20 million to victims of last month’s fire incident at the Katsina Central Market, Katsina State.

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje made the donation when he and the business community visited Katsina to sympathise with victims.

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The fire incident that occurred about two weeks ago affected more than 1,000 shops and wares worth billions of naira.

Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina, who visited the market shortly after the fire, shed tears and described the incident as unprecedented in the annals of the state.

Announcing the donation at the Katsina Government House, Ganduje described the incident as unfortunate, even as he prayed against recurrence.

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He said members of the business community that accompanied him were also victims of a fire incident at the Sabon Gari market in Kano, who understand what the Katsina victims were going through.

Ganduje’s words: “I’m here with my entourage, the business community who were concerned, worried and have suffered the same fire tragedy in Sabon Gari market in Kano, to console you and the people of the state over the fire that gutted the market last month.

“We pray for the recovery of losses and against future occurrence. Also, we commend Governor Masari for the quick constitution of a fact-finding committee on the incident.”

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According to him, Kano and Katsina share similarities in way of life and business, and that the N20 million contribution is to assist the victims to cushion their pains.

Masari commended the Kano governor and members of the business community for the donation, even as he said that the assistance was a gesture that came from a state that had long and good ties with his state.

Meanwhile, about N200 million has so far been donated by philanthropists, politicians, and other members of society to the victims of the market fire. The highest donation came from All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader, Bola Tinubu, and Katsina-based business mogul, Dahiru Mangal, with each donating N50 million.

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The Jigawa and Kebbi state governments donated N20 million each, while the National Assembly members from the state made separate donations totalling about N50 million.

The monies, it was learned, would be used in rebuilding the razed stores and stalls, and assist the affected victims.

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