Upon receiving news of the fire incident, the Governor extended his heartfelt sympathies to the affected traders, who suffered significant losses amounting to hundreds of millions of Naira.
Governor Otti promptly directed the Commissioner for Trade, Commerce, and Industry, Dr. Chimezie Ukaegbu, and the Senior Special Assistant on Aba Rejuvenation, Mr. Uche Ukeje, to conduct an on-the-spot assessment of the affected areas.
“This would enable us to take informed actions on forestalling a reoccurrence of the tragic incident and assist the traders to mitigate their loss,” the governor said.
The primary objective of the assessment is to gather vital information that will guide the government in formulating appropriate strategies to prevent any future occurrences and aid the affected traders in mitigating their losses.
Governor Otti emphasized the state government’s commitment to deploying the best available solutions and resources to ensure the safety and protection of the lives and property of the people of Abia State.
“As part of our core mandate, we will continue to deploy the best solutions and resources to secure the lives and property of our people,” he said.
The fire incident at the Ariaria International Market, a bustling hub of commercial activities in Aba, has raised concerns about the economic implications for the affected traders and the broader community.
The market is known for its vibrant trade in various goods, including clothing, shoes, fabrics, and other merchandise.
The fire outbreak has not only resulted in substantial material losses but also caused a setback to the affected businesses.