Gov Samuel Ortom of Benue has offered N50 million to victims of the Tuesday fire incident that gutted down parts of the Makurdi modern market.
The governor, who visited the market on Wednesday, said that the gesture was to help victims “restart something”.
“Billions of naira has been lost and traders have been reduced to zero level. It is very painful,” the governor told the traders.
Gov. Ortom lamented the magnitude of damage caused by the inferno and sympathised with the traders over their losses.
He also regretted the frequent fire outbreaks at the market as well as the Gboko and Wadata markets, declaring the Tuesday disaster as “one incident too many”.
“We will set up a Commission of Inquiry to investigate the immediate cause of the fire. If there are technical or man-made issues, we will find out and look at how the market can be resuscitated to benefit Benue people” Gov. Ortom said.
The governor also called for a quick resolution of lingering Union issues that were affecting the smooth operation of the market, urging leaders to “talk with each other”.
Also speaking, Secretary, Board of Trustees (BoT), of the Makurdi Modern Market, Mr Emeka Ofoegbu, had said that losses incurred from the incident were “massive” as two blocks, comprising 100 shops each, were razed down.