AHMED MARI, Maiduguri
At least 11 people were killed, and many others injured in a mysterious fire incident in different communities across seven local government areas of Borno State.
The Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) disclosed this on Saturday while distributing relief materials to 230 households/victims affected by fire outbreak in Ngetra and Zawo wards of Gubio and 94 households in Kumburi Muna camp of Marte Local Government Areas.
It would be recalled that in the last two weeks, there were incidences of fire outbreak in seven Local Government Areas of Nganzai, Marte, Monguno Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs camps) and Gubio,, KAGA, Askira Uba and Chibok, leaving over 1i people dead.
Speaking at the flagging off of the distribution of the relief items at SEMA stores in Maiduguri, Governor Kashim Shettima sympathized with victims of the inferno, and pledged his administration’s determination to assist in whatever capacity to cushion immediate hardship of the less privileged in the society.
Governor Shettima, who was represented by the Chairperson of SEMA, Hajiya Yabawa Kolo, said the State Government in collaboration with National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and Presidential Committee on North East Initiatives (PCNI) have provided enough relief items for the victims of the disaster, particularly IDPs who are taking refuge at designated resettlement camps across the state.
Kilo said : “We are gathered here to witness the official launching/handing over of relief items to the Caretaker Chairmen of Gubio and Marte, Hon. Zanna Modu and Hon. Ali Shettima with a Committee set up for onward distribution to victims of fire incidences that consumed hundreds of households.
“Just yesterday, we were in Gajiram the Council Headquarters of Nganzai with Governor Kashim Shettima and launched distribution of relief items to about 1,500 households affected by fire outbreak in the area”, she added.
“From the records at our disposal, there are seven Local Government Areas affected by fire incidences in the last two weeks; we have intervened in Nganzai, Monguno, and today we are giving out our widows might to Gubio and Marte fire victims., while that of Kaga will be done on Sunday ” , the SEMA boss said.
She further said: “As you can see, Gubio, which has recorded 230 households affected by the inferno, will receive 500 bags of 25kg Maize grid, 200 bags of 10kg wheat, 200 wheat flour mill, 300 sets of wrappers and 500 plastic cups.”
“Other items include; 50 water jerrycan, 50 water bowl, vegetable oil, 250 packets of sugar cube, 300 pieces of Dignity kits, mosquito nets, 300 pieces of blankets, 300 sets of slippers and plastic mats, among others for onward distribution.” Kolo stated.
According to her, the agency in collaboration with other partners have since embarked on enlightenment campaign tagged ” Safety and access community to change some practices of cooking in Roosevelt and curtail fire outbreak in future”.
While at Kumburi IDP camps where Marte IDPs were taking refuge, the SEMA présented similar relief items to the victims of the fire out break.
Receiving the items, Caretaker Chairmen of Gubio and Marte, Hon. Zanna Modu and Hon. Ali Shettima, thanked the State Government and other donors for coming to the aid of those affected by fire disaster.
Hon. Zanna Modu said in Gubio alone, about 230 households of Ngetra and Zawo wards were affected with loss of three lives, adding that the Council under his administration quickly intervened by visiting the scene.
While commending prompt response by Governor Shettima, SEMA and other donor agencies, Zanna promised that the items would be distributed within 48 hours.
He said already, he has inaugurated a high powered Committee led by its Chairman, Alhaji Dogo Mohammed who doubles as Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) with 14 other members charged with responsibility of distributing the items judiciously.
The Caretaker Committee Chairman also said the Committee would be given adequate cover by security agencies and men of the Civilian Joint Task Force ensure smooth exercise.
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