Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra yesterday distributed N10 million as palliatives to the victims of the April 2014 Ose-Okwodu Market fire in Onitsha. Obiano made the presentation of cheques to the 97 beneficiaries in his Aguleri country home in Anambra East Local Government Area.
He said that the gesture was in keeping with his promise to the people to pursue programmes that would impact positively on their lives. The governor said that the government would rebuild the market and provide it with modern facilities under a publicprivate partnership arrangement .
He restated his commitment to the welfare of the citizens, particularly the market men and women. “I remember the destruction of goods I saw when I visited the market last year. “I feel particularly connected with the victims of Ose market fire because my mother also has a shop which was not affected. “I can tell you that it is from the proceeds that she trained my siblings and I.
This is a support to enable you to continue to trade and prosper in your business,’’ he said. Earlier, the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu, explained that a sub-committee had been set up to devise a formular for the distribution of the money provided by the government.
He said that the aim was to ensure that the distribution was carried out in a manner that all the affected persons benefited to the value of their losses.
On his part, the Chairman of the panel, Igwe Paul Odegbo, thanked Obiano for living up to his promise to provide succour to the fire victims. He said that the palliatives ranged from N50,000 each and more depending on the declared and verified records of loss incurred by the affected traders. Odegbo said that the token would avail the traders the financial respite and confidence of the government’s commitment to their welfare.
-Ahamefule Chime, Onitsha