Kaduna Market Inferno: Traders Hails Nigeria Breweries For Intervention

Kaduna Market Inferno: Traders Hails Nigeria Breweries For Intervention

By ALEX UANGBAOJE

Following concerted effort by the Emergency Response team of Nigerian Breweries to extinguish the early morning fire outbreak at the Railway Station market yesterday, traders of the market has applauded the company for their timely intervention that saved some shops.

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Speaking on behalf of some of the traders, Mallam Adamu Idris a former secretary of the market and a meat vendor said “when the fire started, we tried to contact the Kaduna Fire Service but on their way their vehicle broke down and so no any quick respond, it was at that time that a former security worker of Brewery who is also a trader assisted us with the contact of the Nigerian Brewery Fire Service, and within twenty minutes they were around, though they fire had cause serious havoc then but their intervention helped because they saved over 20 shop from burning because the fire was at verge of spreading everywhere in the market” he said.

 Kaduna state Governor  Mallam Nasiru El-Rufai in a visit to the scene said “traders of Kaduna Railway Station Market that was gutted by fire are to be relocated from the current place to another not far from the present area”.
 
While describing the fire outbreak and the loss of life and property as unfortunate, he blamed it on the nature of the market design that prevented fire fighters from accessing the scene despite arriving there on time.

“It is most unfortunate that we continue to have this incident. What is sad for me, is not just the loss of property in this case, but the fact that the fire-fighting equipment could not get in and reduce the losses because of the way and manner the market itself was designed.

“We already have plans for this market; we have plans to build a modern neighborhood centre across the railway line and relocate the traders,” El-Rufai said.
 
In a telephone chat with Public Affairs manager North, Nigerian Breweries Mr. Danjuma John Ekelle, he said “we were touched by the magnitude of damage the fire would cause and as a company that has been around for 51years thought it wise to be our brothers keepers even though the fire caused serious damage the presence of our fire-fighter reduce the level of the damage”

“On behalf of the company I want to sympathize with the traders and the State Government for the lost”

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