From Edwin Olofu,Kano
Kano state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has disclosed that the state has so far raised about N1.2 billion for market fire victims.
Ganduje made the disclosure at the Government House, Kano when he received a Cheque of N500 million from the chairman of Dangote Group of Company, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, who is equally the Chairman of the Appeal Fund Raising Committee for victims of fire incidents in Kano markets.
Dangote presented a Cheque of N500 million to the Committee as he redeemed his pledge to help alleviate the suffering of the traders.
The governor said the Judicial Commission of Enquiry set up to assess the cost of damages has already come up with the number of traders affected and the extent of damages they recorded.
Ganduje assured the traders that very soon the Fund Raising Committee will commence distribution of the money to the beneficiaries.
The governor also informed the traders that President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a powerful delegation which has done a survey on installation of solar light in Sabon Gari market, a project he said was being carried out in conjunction with Kano state government.
Apart from redeeming its N500 million pledge, he said the state government has commenced provision of needed infrastructure in Kano markets, including construction of access roads, fire service outstations, police stations, construction of malls to accommodate road side kiosks as well as provision of iron tables for petty traders to curb fire incidents.
It will be recalled that about a year ago, successive fire incidents occurred in five major markets in the ancient commercial city, including Farm Centre (GSM) market, Kurmi market, Yan Katako market, Singer Market, and Muhammad Abubakar Rimi Market otherwise known as Sabon Gari market.