NEMA Calls on Traders to Observe Minimum Safety Requirements


By Michael Olugbode in Maiduguri

In order to prevent instances of fire disaster in our markets, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), has called on traders to always observe the minimum safety measures.

The Director General of the agency, Muhammad Sani Sidi, gave this advice at the weekend while presenting food items and building materials to victims of fire disaster at a market in Nguru, Yobe State.

He said NEMA will continue to live up to its responsibilities by partnering with state governments to come to the aid of traders affected by fire incidents.

This he said is necessary in order to show the federal government’s concern for its citizens.

Sani Sidi said market fire was among the major disasters in the country which causes incalculable losses, stressing that all hands must be on deck to put in place a robust disaster risk reduction programme that will be geared towards disaster prevention and mitigation in our environment.

Senate leader, Ahmed Lawal, who was present at the occasion sympathised with affected persons saying the relief assistance was meant to ameliorate the suffering of the victims and to assist them to resume their businesses.

Items which were directly presented to the market leaders included 600 bundles of roofing sheet, 3000 piece of ceiling boards, 100 bags of 3” nails and 100 packets of zinc nails. Others were 100 cartons of milk, 100 cartons of spaghetti, 100 bags of beans, 100 cartons of tinned tomato and 100 bags of guinea corn.