By Markson Ode
The Special Assistant to the Governor of Delta State on Political Matters, Comrade Ozobo Austin has sympathized with victims of Ogbe-Ijoh market fire, which occurred on Tuesday morning.
Comrade Ozobo, in a statement sent to a section of the media said the incident is most unfortunate and devastating, adding that the same market was gutted by fire early this year, January 23, precisely.
He said the cause of the continuous fire outbreak in the market should be investigated and ensure there should be a total stop to it.
Ozobo maintained that the government of Delta State was pained over the heavy lost recorded by victims which was occasioned by the mysterious inferno in the market.
Speaking further, he said: “As member of the current administration ably led by Senator Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, I sympathize with victims of the unfortunate incident, this can’t continue, we must find a solution to it as a responsible government.
“Am very sure, my governor will do something about it. I am aware that despite the horrible situation of fire outbreaks in the market, no relief efforts had been made over time.
“This is not good, the Warri South Local Government Council has failed at all times, DESOPADEC fails and relevant political leaders in the area also failed.
“Our action towards victims of Ogbe-Ijoh fire outbreak show that we are no longer accountable to our people. No matter what, when incident like this occurred, the first thing is to send delegation to the scene, and it should be followed by relief efforts”, he said.
“Traders in Ogbe-Ijoh market need to be encouraged and strengthened over the persistent lost, so that they will not see reason to go and commit suicide.
“I urged all relevant authorities to act speedily in reaching out to the victims of the market without further delay,” he added.