The Anambra State governor, Chief Willie Obiano, has doled out N10 million as palliatives to the victims of the Ose-Okwodu market fire incident in April 2014.
Speaking during the presentation of cheques to the 97 beneficiaries at Aguleri in Anambra East Local Government Area yesterday, Obiano said the gesture was in keeping with his promise to the people to pursue programmes that will impact positively on their lives.
The governor also assured that the government will rebuild the Ose-Okwodu Market in Onitsha and equip it with modern facilities under a Public Private Partnership, so as to make business transactions in the market a pleasant experience.
Obiano noted that government has since commenced the implementation of the White Paper presented by the Panel on Ose Market Fire as evident in the provision of a fire truck and other fire-prevention facilities to the market and the distribution of the compensation.
He urged traders to shun practices capable of causing disasters in markets like cooking and misuse of electric appliances, noting that his government is working through the various market associations to ensure safety.
Earlier, the Secretary to the State Government, Professor Solo Chukwulobelu, explained that following the white paper on the panel report, a sub-committee was set up to devise a formula for the distribution of the money provided by the government, to ensure transparency and that all the affected persons benefit according to the value of their losses.

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