By Abdulmumin Murtala
Following several fire outbreaks in some major markets in Kano, the commercial hub of northern Nigeria, several traders are yet to recover from the incidents two years after.
Speaking with Saturday Vanguard at the popular Singer Market in Kano, some of the traders lamented the hardship they have been experiencing since the fire incidents.
A huge amount of money was raised to support those who were affected by the fire some months after the incident during which Alhaji Aliko Dangote and the Kano state government donated N500 million each for the affected persons, including other donors.
The state government thereafter established a judicial commission of inquiry to investigate the causes of the fire outbreaks in Kano markets but there is yet to be a white-paper to that effect.
Alhaji Ahmad Muhammad, the secretary in-charge of one of the affected complexes in the singer market along Ado Bayero road owned by Alhaji Hamza Mai Turare stated that the traders lost goods worth N1.5 billion in the February 2016 inferno that gutted the market.
He stated that in the affected complex, there were about 200 shops and stores and about 80 attachment stalls outside the complex which all got burnt.
Ahmad stated that after waiting for several months of enduring government bureaucracy and other procedures it was announced that the government could only assist the victims with 5% of what they have lost. This was based on the statistics collected by the Kano State Relief Agency. The victims however expressed disappointment with this having had very high expectations.
A lady who lost N20 million was given only N100, 000 which she rejected while the owner of the complex received only N1 million.
Another victim, Danlami Wasawa who owned an attachment stall outside the Singer Market said he lost everything to the fire outbreak and had to start from the scratch. He thanked the state government for the 5% donation which he said was too small but expressed dismay with the lack of concern shown by the federal government.
Tijjani Singer who also sold provisions in the Singer Market said he lost an estimated N750, 000 but was given only N40, 000 eight months ago. A lot of traders are still complaining especially with the current economic recession.Read Full Story