Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state on Saturday evening sympathised with victims of a fire incident that occurred at Bababa Plaza in Wunti Market, Bauchi metropolis.
Addressing the affected victims during a visit to the scene of the incident, Mohammed pledged the readiness of the state government to assist them with capital to continue with their businesses.
The governor promised that the victims would be the first to benefit from the state government’s financial assistance plans for traders in the state.
In a press release signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Comrade Muktar Gidado, the governor appealed to public spirited individuals to support in providing the victims with other needed assistance.
“On behalf of the Government and people of Bauchi state, we are here to commiserate with members of the market associations and traders that were affected and the owner of the plaza over the the monumental lost of properties that happened yesterday night, he said
Mohammed who expressed concern on the level of damage caused by the fire incident, said the state government will take estimate of the affected building for its immediate rehabilitation.
On the non functional fire fighting equipment in the state, the governor described the fire inferno as a wakeup call for the state government to strengthen the operational capacity of fire fighters for efficient and effective service delivery.
“I regret all the inconveniences and the lost occured here, it has come as a wakeup call to us as government. The fire service agency is not working in Tandem with my vision for the new Bauchi State .but I want to assure you that we will take proactive measures to overcome the challenges.
The owner of the plaza, Nasiru Bababa expressed confidence on the ability of Governor Mohammed to support the victims of the fire disaster to restore their businesses.