Suleiman Anyalewechi, Aba
The leadership of the Eziukwu Road Market Aba has constituted a seven-man panel of inquiry to unravel the remote and immediate causes of the inferno that engulfed a section of the market on Monday, February 5 2024.
The Eziukwu Road Market fire incident is coming on the heels of a similar one barely three weeks ago that gutted some parts of the Ngwa Road (Ahia Ohuru) market, also in Aba the commercial hub of Abia state.
Governor Alex Otti, while on a sympathy visit to the market, promised to set up a committee to ascertain the causes of the fire incident.
Hon Alphonsus Udeigbo, Chairman of the Eziukwu Road market, while commiserating with those that lost valuables to Monday fire outbreak on the popular A- line of the market, announced on Tuesday February 6, 2024 that the panel is to be headed by Comrade Ibe Nzenwa, with Ugoji Onuoha as secretary, apart from founding out the cause (s) of the fire outbreak, it is also expected to make recommendations on how to avoid a future occurrence.
Although, no life was lost in the inferno, property estimated at between N25million – N30 million were believed to have been lost, with no fewer than five shops affected.
Until the panel of inquiry comes up with its findings, the cause (s) of the fire incident will remain a subject of speculation.
However, Chief Udeigbo who is the Chairman of All Chairmen of Aba Markets has assured that all necessary proactive measures will be put in place to forestall any future occurrence.
“For now, we cannot say exactly what caused the fire outbreak. Hopefully, the outcome of the enquiry will help us in this regard, as well as the actions to take to avert future occurrences.
But before then, we will like to appeal to traders and other users of the market to be safety conscious in the conduct of their activities.
On our part as leaders of the market, we are going to redouble our efforts towards properly securing the market, ” Udeigbo stated.