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State Assembly urges govt support for Nasarawa market fire victims



State Assembly urges govt support for Nasarawa market fire victims

The Nasarawa State House of Assembly has urged the state government to provide relief materials for victims of the Aug. 20, fire disaster at Nasarawa market in Nasarawa Local Government Area of the state.

Speaker of the Assembly, Alh. Ibrahim Abdullahi, made the call while reading the House resolution on a matter of public importance raised by Hajara Danyaro
(APC-Nasarawa Central) during plenary on Friday in Lafia.

The speaker said that providing relief materials to the victims would go a long way to cushion the effects of the fire disaster on them.

He appreciated Danyaro for bringing the matter and other members for their positive contributions on the issue.

“It is, indeed, sad that the fire disaster destroyed shops and properties worth millions of Naira in Nasarawa market.

“This is happening when Nigerians are facing severe hardship because of the removal of the fuel subsidy in the country,’’ he said

The speaker sympathised with the victims of the inferno and urged them to remain calm.

“Apart from sympathising with the victims, we call on the state government to immediately send delegation to the scene of the fire disaster to ascertain the level of damage.

“We also call on the state government to provide relief materials to cushion the effects of the fire disaster on the victims,’’the speaker said.

The speaker directed the Clerk to communicate the resolution of the House to the state government for action.

Earlier, Danyaro, who raised the matter under matter of urgent public importance, urged the speaker and members to support her to enable the state government come to the aid of the victims of fire disaster in her constituency.

“Mr Speaker and honourable colleagues, the early hours of Aug. 20, 2023, was a sad moment for the people of my constituency as there was fire outbreak in Nasarawa market which destroyed shops and properties worth millions of Naira.

“It was very sympathetic that the victims of the fire disaster lost everything in their shops and are suffering as a result of the incident.

“This happened at this time of hardship occasioned by the removal of subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) otherwise known as fuel in the country,” she said.

In their various contributions, Solomon Akwashiki ( SDP- Lafia Central), Peter Akwe( PDP-Obi 1), Onarigu Kana
(SDP-Udege/Loko) and Musa Ibrahim Abubakar (NNPP- Doma South) all sympathised with the victims and urged state government support for the victims.

Others who also appealed for the state government support include Larry Ven-Bawa (APC- Akwanga North) and Suleiman Azara (APC-Awe South).

The lawmakers also called for the provision of functional vehicles and other equipment to the fire service stations in order to promptly response to fire outbreaks.


LASTMA, others combat Ilupeju industrial fire outbreak



The operatives of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) and other emergency responders at early hour on Saturday combated an industrial fire outbreak at Mega Plastics Company at No.4, Ilupeju Bypass.

Mr Taofiq Adebayo, the Director, Public Affairs and Enlightenment Department of LASTMA, made the disclosure in a statement in Lagos on Saturday.

Adebayo stated that the industrial fire outbreak took place at Mega Plastics Company at No.4, Ilupeju Bypass beside Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Ilupeju area of Lagos.

“The Traffic Officer of LASTMA, Mr Ayo Olaosebikan (Falcon) of Zone 21, confirmed that LASTMA rescue team arrived at the scene of the industrial fire outbreak around at 6:30a.m. before other emergency responders were contacted by LASTMA.

“Immediately we arrived at the scene of the industrial fire, we quickly informed other emergency responders particularly the Lagos State Fire, Rescue Services and the Nigerian Police.

“The causes of industrial fire could not be immediately ascertained, he said.
Olaosebikan noted that preliminary investigation revealed that the storage and factory section of the petrochemical company were seriously affected by the fire outbreak.

According to him, emergency responders on ground include Federal and State Fire Services, policemen and LASTMA Response Unit.

Olaosebikan said that neither injury nor death had been recorded.

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NGO takes free medical outreach to Plateau community



GDG Wellness Initiative, an NGO, on Saturday offered free medical services to no fewer than 400 indigent persons in Gyel community, Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau.

Mr Gyang Dung-Gyang, founder of the initiative told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the exercise was his little way of giving back to the society that made him.

He said that he was spurred by the plight of the people and the urgent need to reach out to them, in view of the current economic realities and its implications on their health.

Dung-Gyang said that he had been organising such outreaches annually, adding that the current hardship occasioned by the removal of fuel subsidy had made this year’s outing unique.

“It’s my heart desire and passion to reach out to the vulnerable and the needy in the society.

“And it’s not just this, we have been able to give scholarship to some students, with some already graduates.

“Today, we have planned to treat a minimum of 400 persons but from the way it is going, it may exceed that number,” he stated.

The outreach Team Lead, Mr Pam Chong, listed some of the medical services to include testing and treatment of patients for aliments such as malaria, hepatitis B & C, high blood pressure, diabetes among others.

Chong, a pharmacist, told NAN that the medical team comprised of doctors, nurses, lab scientists and pharmacists.
He said cases that they were unable to handle would be referred to hospitals that could handle them.

The team lead said that they have sufficient drugs to treat over 400 patients.

Mr Ishaya Pam, Vice President, Gyel Development Association of Jos South LGA, lauded GDG Wellness for the gesture, which he believed would improve the health and wellbeing of the people.
Pam prayed God to bless the organisers of the outreach to continue to impact the lives of the less privileged.

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