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Reps to probe alleged ploy behind northern markets fire outbreaks

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The House of Representatives has resolved to investigate incessant fire outbreaks in markets in Nigeria.

Consequently, the House mandated the House Committee on Humanitarian and disaster management to investigate the matter.

The resolution followed a motion moved on Thursday by Salisu Isani on the fire outbreak at the Katsina Central Market.

Salisu in his motion called for urgent attention to the plight of those affected by the outbreak, he called on the federal government through the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to come to the aid of the victims.

According to him, the fire “engulfed about 2000 shops and has now left the victims with the challenge of how to restart their businesses without capital and shops.”

In his contribution, Sada Soli said the pattern of the outbreaks calls for concern. He noted that such outbreaks have been recorded in Sokoto, Zamfara and now Katsina.

He added that “security agents need to investigate if the outbreaks are not a plot by some persons to sabotage the economies of those regions.”

Also contributing to the motion, Deputy Minority Leader, Toby Okechukwu said there was a need to review the emergency access plan of the markets in Nigeria.

He also raised concerns about the suspicious nature of the outbreaks.

Ahmed Jaha in an amendment to the motion called for the investigation into the outbreaks.

Other resolutions by the House include, “Urging the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and other relevant agencies to provide relief materials to the victims for their survival and business reactivation.

“Urge the Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment to facilitate a well-coordinated intervention by specialized bodies such as the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture.

“Set up a delegation to convey empathy to the government and people of Katsina State over this tragedy.”

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