The Senator representing Anambra North district, Stella Oduah has described the fire disaster at chemical section of Drug Market bridgehead Onitsha as horrendous, disastrous, sympathetic and avoidable.
Oduah who visited the scene of the fire was devastated on the number of lives lost, injured and level of destruction of shops at the market.
The Lawmaker after taking round the scene, met with the market leadership where she donated certain amount of money for the victims.
According to her, ” The fire incident is very sad because there are things that are avoidable and I believe that it’s things like this, that are avoidable. What I’m saying is that volatile market like this where you have high traffic and equipment that are very volatile should be protected and we must make sure that we prepare for incidents and accidents at all times.
“Those things were not there. I believe that as we progress, we will have better market that will be conducive, safe and will have all the emergency equipments to ensure that people’s lives are protected. We made donation to the executive of the market to take care of the injured at the hospital” she said.
She further said that the number of deaths still unknown due to the nature office place and prayed for the souls of the deceased and of the quick recovery of the injured and hospitalized.
“I sympathized and identified with the bereaved, victims and all those who lost their goods and properties.
“We appeal to Federal and State Agencies, and other stakeholders to assist the victims to reduce their suffering and predicament if the affected. We commended the quick intervention of Anambra state government through the fire service and security personnels for rescue operations.
“May God accept the souls of those who lost their lives and for God to give grace and fortitude to bear the loss to the bereaved families” Oduah stated.