Nwodo Urges Urgent Action To Put Off Ochanja, Onitsha markets' fire


President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, has called on relevant authorities to help put off the raging fire at a section of Ochanja Market in Onitsha, the commercial nerve of Anambra State. Nwodo, a former Aviation and Information Minister, spoke when he led leaders of apex organisation of all Igbo sociocultural association on a sympathy visit to the leadership of Ochanja Market Traders in Onitsha weekend. His words, “I came here to condole with the leadership of Ochanja over the death of some traders after last Wednesday’s fire disaster and to sympathise with those whose shops were affected. “But, seeing that the fire is still burning up till this 2.30pm that I am here is very sad and I am so much pained. "What happened is very regrettable, it is a disaster and anybody could be caught in the web so those affected must take things calmly.” Nwodo asked the state government and other relevant agencies to step up action towards putting off the fire so as not to lead to further disaster. He also, pleaded with the federal and state governments as well as other corporate organisations and privileged Nigerians to come to the aid of the victims. Nwodo further asked the leadership of the market union and the victims to patiently follow state government’s directives on the matter. News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that flames of fire were still bellowing at No.54 Amobi street, Ochanja, housing the Angel Plaza, between 2.30pm and 3.30pm when Nwodo visited. Mr Nelson Ojukwu, President Ochanja Market Onitsha Central Union, thanked Nwodo for visiting the market at the time they (traders and residents) were grieving. NAN

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